Private and procedural international law

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims at analyzing in depth the rules that govern private law relations touching on more than one state, whose general framework is examined in the International Law class. On the basis of said general framework already learned, specific issues related to the following areas will be considered in detail: scope of the Italian jurisdiction, application of private international law norms, reference to foreign law, effects of foreign acts and decisions in Italy. Special attention will be paid to the most significant results and the most recent developments of the European judicial cooperation in civil matters and of the work of the Hague Conference on Private International Law. Particular consideration will be given to private international law norms regulating contracts, torts, family relationships and successions.
Expected learning outcomes
- Acquiring a knowledge and an understanding of the specific legal issues that underlie private law relations at an international level.
- Applying conflict of laws norms to real cases.
- Autonomously evaluating theoretical and practical aspects of the subject matter.
- Autonomously communicating what has been learned, with adequate terminologies and legal/logical coherence.
- Possessing the necessary skills to understand the discipline of private law international relations.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester

Should the sanitary emergency so require also for the second semester, the lessons will be held on the Microsoft Teams platform and can be followed either directly online, according to the timetable of the second semester, or at any time, because they will be recorded and left available to students on the same platform.


The program and reference material will not be affected.


The examination will take place in oral form using the Microsoft Teams platform or, if the regulations so allow, in the presence, always in oral form. The exam, in particular, will be aimed at:
- ensure that the objectives in terms of knowledge and understanding are achieved;
- check the student's autonomy of judgment also through the analysis of the cases discussed during the course, or mentioned in the textbook;
- ascertain the command of specific language and the ability to present topics clearly and in an orderly manner.
Students may decide to split the exam in two parts, on public and private international law, respectively.
Course syllabus
The course, divided into two modules, is intended to deepen the study of Private International Law, whose general framework is already dealt with in the course of International Law. In particular, the course will examine specific aspects of the Italian jurisdiction, the application of the rules of private international law, the application of foreign law, the effects of foreign judgments and acts in Italy, with particular attention to the most significant achievements and the most recent developments in judicial cooperation in civil matters in Europe and the work of the Hague Conference on Private International Law. Particular attention will be paid to the private international law regime of contractual and non-contractual obligations, family and succession relationships.

The first module will cover the general part of Private International and Procedural Law, as defined by Italian law, international conventions and European Union law. In this framework, general issues relating to the conflict rule, the determination of the scope of jurisdiction of the Member States of the European Union and the international circulation of the relevant decisions will be examined. The same module will then analyse the conflict-of-laws rules on contractual and non-contractual obligations, including also the procedural aspects, with particular reference to the Rome I and Rome II Regulations and the rules establishing the special forums for contractual and tort/delict disputes provided for in the Brussels Ia Regulation.

The second module, for the 9CFU exam, will cover the private international law aspects of corporate law, family law and succession law, as regulated by European Union law, international conventions and Italian law. In particular, through the analysis of the case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union, the course will examine the rules governing the distribution of national jurisdiction and the determination of the applicable law in matters of separation, divorce, custody and international child abduction, maintenance obligations and succession.

9 CFU exam:
- Private International Law: the Italian system, supranational sources of law:
- Jurisdiction in civil and commercial matters: the European system and the Italian law;
- Italian conflict-of-laws rules and the applicable law: general issues;
- International recognition and enforcement of foreign decisions: the effects of foreign decisions in Italy;
- Contractual obligations;
- Non-contractual obligations.
- Personal status and capacity.
- International Family Law (marriage, registered partnerships, divorce, parental responsibility, maintenance obligations).
- International Successions Law.
- Property rights.
- Donations.
Prerequisites for admission
International Law (mandatory).
Civil Procedure and European Union Law (suggested).
Teaching methods
More detailed information concerning seminars will be given during the lectures.
Teaching Resources
- Mosconi - Campiglio, Diritto internazionale privato e processuale. Vol. I. Parte generale e obbligazioni, 8ª ed., Torino, Utet, 2017;
- Mosconi - Campiglio, Diritto internazionale privato e processuale. Vol. II, Statuto personale e diritti reali, 5ª ed., Torino, Utet, 2019.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Oral test. The oral test is an interview aimed at ascertaining the students' knowledge of the subjects of the course, their understanding, the acquisition of an appropriate language and their ability to synthesize concepts.

More detailed information concerning the exam for attending students will be given during the lectures.
IUS/13 - INTERNATIONAL LAW - University credits: 9
Lessons: 63 hours
Tuesday 1.30 pm; during the first semester, Tuesday 10.15 am
In the period of lectures: Tuesday, 10:30-11:30; in the rest of the year: 12:00-13:00
Department of Public Law