Advanced Comparative Public Law

A.Y. 2021/2022
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims at analysing the constitutional features of the most important Latin American States (such as Argentina, Mexico, Brazil).
Expected learning outcomes
- knowledge of fundamental features of Latin American States and understanding of their constitutional and cultural foundations;
- skills in applying the constitutional principles analysed to the different praxis
of these States;
- skills in construction of an autonomous evaluation of the essential topics of the course;
- the adequate use of legal terms and expressions that are part of tradition and the indigenous inheritance of the Latin American peoples;
- learning skills of a methodology, useful for solving the new problems related to the development of multicultural issues and legal pluralism of the State.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
The classes will be held through Microsoft Team or, in usual way, as frontal lessons, if health emergency should end.
The exams will be held through Microsoft Teams or in the usual way if health emergency should end.
More specific information on the delivery modes of training activities for academic year 2021/2022 will be provided over the coming months, based on the evolution of the public health situation.
Course syllabus
The course aims at studying the constitutional features of the most important Latin American States (such as Argentina, Mexico, Brazil). It will be analyzed the following fundamental topics of these States: the federalist structure, the presidential form of government, the guarantees of fundamental rights and the judicial review. The analysis of these basic aspects of Latin American States will be carried out studying their rich constitutional history and by comparative methodology, without forgetting that these systems are founded not only on European or American constitutional principles, but on indigenous traditions. For this reason a special emphasis will be placed on the study of the so-called new constitutionalism of the Andean Region (the Constitutions of Ecuador and Bolivia). Special care will be devoted to the drafting of Chile's new Constitution.
Prerequisites for admission
Private law - Constitutional law - Comparative public law
Teaching methods
No variations in course syllabus and bibliography.
The theoretical frontal lessons will be supported by slides which will be uploaded to Ariel platform
Teaching Resources
For exam preparation, students can use the following texts:
L. Pegoraro, La Costituzione brasiliana del 1988 nella chiave di lettura dell'art. 1, Filodiritto, Bologna, 2015;
M. Rosti, Argentina, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2011.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam will be oral and it will assess the students' acquired skills.
IUS/21 - COMPARATIVE PUBLIC LAW - University credits: 6
Lessons: 42 hours
Professor: Iacometti Miryam