Comparative public law

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
Aim of the course is to develop the knowledge of comparative constitutional law in theory and practice. In the first part, the course will offer theoretical overview of the methodology of comparative law and an historical development of the form of state and form of government. In the second part, the course will study some of constitutional systems aiming to investigate fundamental principles of constitutional law in comparative perspective. In the last part, the class will investigate relevant case law in comparative perspective. Class could be teach by some foreign Professors; knowledge of English is required.
At the end of the course the student will have an in-depth knowledge of the course topics. The student will also acquire a reasoning method suitable for dealing with more specific and complex legal issues.
Expected learning outcomes
- Knowledge and understanding: students shall know the fundamental aspects comparative law methodology and historical development of comparative constitutional law
- Applying knowledge and understanding: students shall be able to understand the notions acquired during the course and to apply them to the current issues and ongoing case law in a comparative law perspective.
- Making judgements: students shall be able to make accurate judgments on the main comparative constitutional law issues. Students shall be able to assess the importance, but also the critical points, of the comparative methodology;
- Communication: students shall be able to express notions and opinions correctly, using the appropriate terminology;
- Lifelong learning skills: students shall acquire good individual study skills
Course syllabus and organization

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Lesson period
First semester
Teaching method
Classes will be live-streamed on Microsoft Teams, following the lessons timetable. Live-streamed classes will be recorded and will be available on the online platform.
Students will be informed as soon as possible, through the course ARIEL website, in case they will be able also to attend in person the classes at University. This possibility will depend upon the evolution of the emergency and the respect of the security directives. In any case the live classes will be recorded and will be available on the online platform.

Program and material
The course program is unchanged. However, the specific contents of classes will adapt to the teaching methods outlined below.

Learning verification and evaluation criteria
Learning verification and evaluation criteria are unchanged. Student learning will be assessed through an oral exam via the Microsoft Teams platform.
Course syllabus
The teaching program includes the following topics: History of comparative law; comparative methodology; rule of law and forms governments; vertical and horizontal separation of powers; comparative legal systems (particularly us constitutional law); comparative cases law.
Prerequisites for admission
To have pass Constitutional Law and Private Law exam is required
Teaching methods
Professors will use: a) lectures; b) thematic insights proposed to students (with particular regard to the analysis of comparative constitutional case-law)
Teaching Resources
1. L. Violini (a cura di), Temi e Problemi di Diritto Pubblico Comparato, Maggioli editore, 2014.
2. G. Bognetti, La divisione dei poteri, Milano, Giuffrè 2001 (disponibile anche in inglese nella edizione curata da L.P. Vanoni e A. Baraggia con il titolo G. Bognetti, Dividing Powers. A theory of separation of powers, Milano, Wolters Kluver Cedam, 2017).
Assessment methods and Criteria
The final exam will be oral. The evaluation of the question will take into account, in addition to the acquisition of the contents of the teaching, the ability to organize the knowledge discursively, the capacity for critical reasoning, the quality of the exposure, the competence in the use of the proper lexicon.
IUS/21 - COMPARATIVE PUBLIC LAW - University credits: 6
Lessons: 42 hours
Professor: Vanoni Luca Pietro

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Lesson period
First semester
The classes and the exams will be held through Microsoft Teams. In Ariel will be published possible changes.
No variations in Course syllabus and bibliography.
Course syllabus
Analytical Program: Methodologies of comparison; constitutional history; separation of powers; forms of State and systems of government; constitutional systems of the United Kingdom, the United States, France and Spain.
Prerequisites for admission
Constitutional Law
Teaching methods
The theoretical frontal lessons will be supported by slides.
Teaching Resources
1. G. Bognetti, La divisione dei poteri, 2 ed., Milano, Giuffrè, 2001;
2. R. L. Blanco Valdés, Introduzione alla Costituzione spagnola del 1978, 3 ed., (ed. M. Iacometti), Torino, Giappichelli, 2017.
For the exam's preparation it's essential to learn the Constitutions of the United States, France (V Rep.) and Spain.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam will be oral and it will assess the students' acquired skills in understanding the fundamental topics of the subject.
IUS/21 - COMPARATIVE PUBLIC LAW - University credits: 6
Lessons: 42 hours
Professor: Iacometti Miryam
Tuesday, 15,45 - Please confirm the meeting with a mail