Sustainable transport: legal issues

A.Y. 2019/2020
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The purpose of the course is to study how legal instruments can be functional in achieving more sustainable transport activities.
Students will be brought to examine and understand the impact of technical legislation, civil liability rules, sanctions and enforcement measures.
This will involve an assessment of transport markets, a general overview of the relevant rules at the national, international, and European levels, and a detailed analysis of the most significant of such rules and the relevant case law.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding: The aim of the course is to enable students to acquire an in-depth knowledge of selected subjects of transport law with specific reference to their impact on sustainable development.
Applying knowledge and understanding: Students will be expected to develop the ability to grasp the principles and policy reasons underlying the relevant rules and to understand the practical consequences of the application of such rules.
Making judgements: The direct examination and study of legislation and case law should bring students to autonomously reasoned views on the subject matters of the course.
Comunication skills: Students shall be trained to express their views in a concise, logical and persuasive manner.
Learning skills: As a result, at the end of the course, it is expected that students, in addition to a detailed set of notions, shall also acquire a critical methodology for their studies.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
part 1 - Environmental concerns
tragic disasters like those of the "Torrey Canion" or the "Erika" highlighted the harmful impact that carriage by sea can havve on the environment. the reaction to such disasters has been an ever more comprehensive regulation of the carriage of oil, hazardous and noxious substances and dangerous cargoes. other issues related to the protection of the environment are the regulations concerning safety and security of ships, places of refuge for ships in distress, removal of wrecks and recycling of ships, emissions
part 2 - Passengers' rights
the protection of passengers has traditionally been achieved by a strict regulation, by means of international uniform law, of the carrier's liability for loss of life or personal injury. In addition to these, in more recent times, mainly through European legislation, the protection of passengers has been extended to other areas such as denied boarding / cancellation / delay, information duties of the carrier, carriage of disabled passengers
part 3 - Market regulation
market regulation is mainly aimed to ensure free access to markets and free competition; the underlying assumption is that this will turn into substantial benefits also for the consumers and general public. this is often but not always true. there are situations of market failure where different needs (safet, right to mobility and public services necessities, saturation of infrastructures) require a different approach
Prerequisites for admission
working knowledge of English language
basic notions on international and EU law
Teaching methods
the course will be based on the analysis and discussion of materials (international conventions or UE regulations and directives, case law, articles etc.)
given such methodology, the active participation of students will be essential
regular attendance (at least 75%) of classes will therefore be mandatory in order to be allowed to take the exam
Teaching Resources
the relevant materials and recommended readings will be accessible on the Internet or otherwise made timely available to students
Assessment methods and Criteria
the overall evaluation will be based on the contribution during classes and on a final oral discussion on a subject to be assigned reasonably in advance
IUS/13 - INTERNATIONAL LAW - University credits: 6
Lessons: 42 hours