Inequalities in law and society

A.Y. 2021/2022
Overall hours
Learning objectives
This course, complementing Sociology of Law, aims to investigate inequalities in an interdisciplinary perspective by providing students with the conceptual and legal tools to address the topic across different European and non-European national contexts.
Expected learning outcomes
By the end of the course, students are expected to be able to:

- critically analyze how different legal systems address problems related to inequality and discrimination;
- reflect on antidiscrimination cases in an interdisciplinary manner;
- apply the acquired knowledge to a variety of legal material and inequality-related cases;
- read articles about inequality and discuss the issues raised in light of the underlying theories of equality by using examples from several legal systems and in a critical perspective;
- communicate with students from around the globe in a friendly atmosphere to discuss ongoing issues of inequality in light of the material they studied together, in an international and interdisciplinary context;
- reflect on teaching and learning methods used by students and faculty from several nations;
- better understand their connections to a global community of research and learning.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
Course syllabus
From a critical perspective, the course aims to analyze how the legal systems of different European and non-European countries address questions concerning inequality and discrimination, with particular attention to religious freedom, gender violence and migration. The course is part of the wider international program Comparative Equality Law. A Multi-University Legal Studies Course, coordinated by the University of California, Berkeley (US) and the Portsmouth Law School (UK), and joined, furthermore, by the University of Milano, the University of Palermo, the Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia, the MacKenzie University, São Paulo, Brazil, the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, the University of Hong Kong, the Université Paris I (Sorbonne-Panthéon), the Université Libre de Bruxelles, the Utrecht University. Students part-taking in the course will have the opportunity to work, discuss and interact with teachers and students from different Universities.
Given the international dimension of the course, it will take place entirely remotely.
Due to organizational reasons, students interested in getting further information and participating in the course need to write to Prof. Letizia Mancini (; Prof. Barbara Giovanna Bello (
Prerequisites for admission
No prior knowledge of the topic is required. However, a fair command of English is needed to understand the course content and to interact with teachers and peers from other Countries.
Teaching methods
Each lesson includes theoretical presentations, interactive debates and international buzz groups composed of students from various countries.
The course will entirely take place remotely on the Zoom platform of the University of Berkeley,
except for the first lesson - for Unimi students only - which will take place on the MTeams platform.
Teaching Resources
Oppenheimer, Foster, Han & Ford, Comparative Equality and Anti-Discrimination Law (3d ed. 2020)
Noel and Oppenheimer (eds.), The Global #MeToo Movement (2020)
Further material will be provided during the course.
The texts will be made available to participants.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Active participation in the lectures is required to acquire three credits. Students' attendance is compulsory (only two absences are allowed). The evaluation is expressed as "approved/not approved".
IUS/20 - PHILOSOPHY OF LAW - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Mancini Letizia
In the first semester, the reception will take place in person or on MTeams ( syd99y3) on Tuesdays at 10, by appointment via email:
Dipartimento 'Cesare Beccaria', MTeams