Public administration for sustainable development

A.Y. 2021/2022
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The FIRST MODULE is intended to provide students with a general knowledge of the organizational and procedural modules applied by national and international public administrations.
Attention will be drawn, especially, to:
- the notion and meaning of public administration: in a historical and comparative law perspective;
- the organizational structure of Public administration: best possible allocation of competences, according also to the principle of subsidiarity;
- public administration and administrative procedure: the role of administrative procedure in order to assure an open, efficient and independent administration, providing developmental opportunities for society and preventing discrimination and the phenomena of corruption.
The SECOND MODULE deals with a very important branch of administrative law: environmental law, with a primary focus on the EU context. The aim is to provide a fundamental understanding of the administrative tools of environmental law, their legal basis and the available methods of enforcement.
The THIRD MODULE specifically addresses the issue of digitalization of the public administration and e-government and delves into the problem of how to provide for a legal framework fostering e-government effectiveness while, at the same time, ensuring cost-effectiveness and adequate protection of the fundamental rights involved.
Expected learning outcomes
The first module provides students with the basics of administrative law. Thanks to this module students will be able to correctly identify the very notion of public administration and understand the fundamental concepts of administrative organization and administrative procedure. Students will also learn what are the essential principles that guide public administrations and therefore what are the fundamental rules that regulate their activities.
The second module aims at providing students with the essential tools for understanding European environmental policies. In particular, students at the end of the course will be able to evaluate the different modes of action of the European and national administrative authorities in environmental matters, evaluating the effectiveness and appropriateness of each measure in relation to the objective pursued.
The third module provides students with a perspective on future developments in administrative law. Thanks to this knowledge, students will be able to understand how the administration can take advantage of the new possibilities offered by digital technologies to be more efficient and effective, in particular by promoting a more sustainable administrative action thanks to more efficient use of resources, both internal and external.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Didactic methods
The lessons will take place in person and, if needed, on Microsoft Teams in mixed synchronous and asynchronous mode, at the established times, and will be recorded and available on the same platform. Information on how to access Microsoft Teams lessons and other teaching instructions will be uploaded to the course's ARIEL website, which is recommended to be consulted regularly.
If the health situation allows it, in compliance with the current regulations, lessons can also be held in the classroom (mixed mode); in this case, the students will be promptly informed and notified via the ARIEL website of the course.
In any case, the lessons will be recorded and left available to students for the duration of the semester.

Program and reference material
The course syllabus and reference material are unchanged.

Learning assessment procedures and assessment criteria
The procedures for verifying learning and the assessment criteria will not be subject to changes.
The exam consists of a multiple choice and open answer written test.
If the health situation allows it, compatibly with the availability of the classrooms and compliance with the necessary safety conditions, the exam will take place in the classroom.
In any case, the possibility of taking the exam remotely will be ensured for students who are unable to move from their place of residence and / or domicile.

More precise information and updates will be available on the Ariel website of the course, which is therefore good to consult regularly.
Course syllabus
Module I: Introduction to Administrative Law and its Basic Concepts (Prof. Galetta)
· Introduction
· The concept of Public Administration
· Administrative procedure
· Administrative acts
· Rule of law, Good Governance and Sustainable Development
· How to enhance Sustainable Development? The Administrative Law Perspective

Module II: Digitalization of Public Administration (Prof. Carullo)
· introduction
· The concept of E-Government and its tools
· Dematerialization and archiving of Public Administration documents
· Administrative Information Management and E-Government
· Open government
· The tools of digital administration
Prerequisites for admission
Teaching methods
Frontal lessons with active involvement of students in the discussion of the different topics.
Teaching Resources
1) P. Craig,‎ H. Hofmann,‎ J.-P. Schneider (Eds.), ReNEUAL Model Rules on EU Administrative Procedure,‎ 2017, Oxford, Books 1-4.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The final exam will take place in the form of an oral and/or written examination. The exam will evaluate the knowledge acquired by the student and his or her ability to properly present the topics covered in class. During the course, students will also be asked to demonstrate their communication and comprehension skills, in particular through participation in the classroom and through individual presentations.
IUS/10 - ADMINISTRATIVE LAW - University credits: 9
Lessons: 63 hours
Professor: Carullo Gherardo
Monday, 3:00 PM, upon e-mail registration
Department of Italian and Supranational Public Law