Private Law in Europe and Latin America

A.Y. 2022/2023
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course develops knowledge of problems concerning the private law relations in the transnational level, having regard to the possible solutions offered by the different legal traditions and by their comparison beyond the Euro-centric legal approach. By the end of their classes: a) students should be aware of the differences and similarities among legal systems and they will be encouraged to in-deepth legal analysis also taking into account the social, political and economic components of the legal phenomenon; b) students will be provided with knowledge necessary for a critical understanding of the legal systems, and in particular of some fields of private law in the framework of the harmonization and unification of private law; c) students will have a greater familiarity with transnational problems understanding the legal experiences different from the Italian one.
Expected learning outcomes
By the end of the course, students will acquire cultural, methodological and specific competences (by direct teaching) and they will strengthen communication skills (by classroom discussions and flipped classrooms) in order to develop a deep understanding of comparative private law in supranational dimension. Students will be familiar especially with: a) the main topics concerning different legal systems and how to carry out comparison between private law rules, paying attention to those most involved by EU law and International conventions with a private content (for example, consumer law, civil liability and civil rights protection); c) the use of comparative taxonomic models between different legal systems; d) to use bibliographic legal data with a good degree of autonomous competence and to prepare a brief presentation on comparative legal problems.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second trimester
Course syllabus
The course deepens characteristics and peculiarities of private law in the supranational dimension. It gives particular attention to European Union and Latin America in comparative perspective.

Among the main issues discussed are: the protection of individuals, citizens and the family; the trade and consumer's protection in the cross-border and digital market; the protection of the environment and the sustainability.
Prerequisites for admission
It is useful to have taken an examination in private law (IUS/01)
Teaching methods
The course is carried out through traditional lectures and innovative teaching tools. It encourages better learning of the comparative private law topics and the development of students' argumentative skills.
Teaching Resources
Students have to study the following writings:
a) G. Benacchio-F. Casucci (eds.), Temi e istituti di Diritto privato dell'Unione Europea (Torino, Giappichelli, 2017); chapters II, XIV, XVII may be excluded.
b) S. Lanni, Il diritto nell'America Latina (Napoli, ESI, 2017).
Assessment methods and Criteria
Oral examination for attending and non attending students, according to the Faculty calendar of exam sessions.

Attending students will have the opportunity to take one intermediate test with 2 open-ended questions (written test). They will be able to take the final oral exam if the intermediate test is insufficient or if they decide to not accept the mark obtained in the written test.

The final oral exam is based on at least 2 questions for attending students who have successfully taken the intermediate test; instead it is carried out through at least 4
questions for non-attending students or for attending students who have an insufficient mark or decided to refuse the mark obtained. In both cases, the answers are evaluated with individual scores from 0 to 30 for each question. Attending students can be awarded 1 additional point for scheduled interventions carried out during the course as well as for the flipped classroom agreed with the teacher and carried out in a student-group.
IUS/02 - COMPARATIVE PRIVATE LAW - University credits: 6
Lessons: 40 hours
Professor: Lanni Sabrina
Professor: Lanni Sabrina
Thursday from 12.00 to 14.30. Students have to write 48 hours in advance an email.
Professor's room (room n. 1) or Microsoft Teams