An introduction to Italian private law in a comparative perspective

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
- knowledge and understanding of the fundamental institutions of private law, including their general principles.
Expected learning outcomes
- ability to rework principles and rules of private law, and ability to apply such knowledge and understanding to specific cases;
- ability to systematically read and interpret legislation; autonomous capability to identify the rationale behind each rule;
- ability to effectively communicate and discuss (in English) topics of Italian private law;
- ability to apply the comparative method with regard to the divergences and convergences of major European legal traditions.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Lessons will be held on Microsoft Teams with the same schedule of the second semester and will be registered: students will be able to download every lesson on Microsoft Teams and on Ariel platform. All information about how to access the course on Microsoft Team will be uploaded on the course's Ariel website.
If lessons in presence will be compliant with the emergency situation, students will be immediately alerted through the course's Ariel website.
Anyway, lessons' registrations will be available online to students for the whole semester.

Syllabus and the required book will be the same of the ordinary course.

The type of exam will be the same of the ordinary course: it will consist of an oral interview (on Microsoft Teams). If it will be compliant with the emergency situation, the exam will be in presence but students who will not be able to move from their residence can take the exam on Microsoft Teams.
Course syllabus
The course focuses on the fundamental features of Italian private law, from a comparative law perspective. In particular, the course will consider the following specific topics: sources of law and legal formants; "individuals" (natural persons) and "collective entities" (legal persons); family; succession; property, ownership and possession; contracts in general and nominate contracts; torts.
As regards duration, the course consists of 42 hours of lecture. As regards methodology, the Professor will devote a certain number of hours to introductory lectures; the remaining lecture hours will be dedicated to the discussion of specific cases (moot courts model), oral arguments on select topics and discussion of legal documents. Accordingly, during the course students will be required to submit a specific case to the class or, alternatively, to make oral arguments on specific topics chosen by the Professor.
Prerequisites for admission
Private law, Constitutional law (not for erasmus students). Exceptionally, students who have not already passed the above mentioned courses may be allowed to attend the course and take the exam afterwards.
Teaching methods
The course consists of 42 hours of lessons.
Some of the lessons will be dedicated to the discussion of specific cases and legal documents.
Teaching Resources
The required text, for both attending and non-attending students, is: M. Cenini - R.E. Cerchia, Cases and materials in Italian Private Law, Milano, Giuffrè, 2016.
In addition, students may consult the official course website at for further information, materials and updates concerning the course. Username and password are those of Unimi webmail (
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam will consist of an oral interview aimed at ascertaining the student's knowledge of course topics, the understanding and acquisition of appropriate lexicon, and the ability to synthesize and rework general principles and rules.
Exams will be conducted in English.
IUS/01 - PRIVATE LAW - University credits: 6
Lessons: 42 hours
Fri 14.30
Dipartimento di Diritto Privato e Storia del Diritto - 1° piano