Comparative constitutional justice

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims at developing the following skills in knowledge of constitutional review systems.
Knowledge and understandings: students shall know constitutional review systems and understand complex problems relating to structure and powers of Constitutional Courts.
Applying knowledge : students shall be able to understand the interaction between different constitutional review systems.
Autonomy of judgment: students shall be able to evaluate the rulings of Constitutional and Supreme Courts and their reasoning.
Communication skills: students shall communicate their knowledge about the case-law studied in the course with an adequate use of legal terms.
Learning skills: students shall acquire a critical approach to the analysis of the role played by Constitutional or Supreme Courts in the different systems of government, and a method for an in-depth study of the so called cross-fertilization/judicial transplant.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course, students can know the fundamental topics analyzed in the lessons and they can also acquire a methodology suitable for dealing with the critical evaluation of Constitutional or Supreme Courts' rulings.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
The lessons will be held through Microsoft Teams or in usual way, as frontal lessons, if health emergency should end.
The exams will be held through Microsoft Teams or in usual way if health emergency should end. No variations in Course syllabus and bibliography.
Course syllabus
The history and models of constitutional adjudication; structure and functions of Constitutional Courts; in-depth analysis of several Constitutional Courts within Europe; cross-fertilization and relevance of foreign law in constitutional adjudication; dialogue between Constitutional Courts and supranational and European Courts.
Prerequisites for admission
Public Comparative Law
Teaching methods
The theoretical frontal lessons will be supported by slides. The analysis of case studies will be carried out with the participation of students.
Teaching Resources
L. Pegoraro, Sistemi di giustizia costituzionale, Giappichelli, Torino, Astrea, Buenos Aires, 2019.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam will be oral and it will assess the students'skills in understanding the fundamental topics of the subject and in interpreting Constitutional Courts' rulings. Students who will attend the course could be asked to write short papers, before the oral exam.
IUS/21 - COMPARATIVE PUBLIC LAW - University credits: 6
Lessons: 42 hours
Professor: Iacometti Miryam