Law and policies of social rights protection in europe

A.A. 2021/2022
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Ore totali
Obiettivi formativi
The course aims at giving the students the fundamental notions about social rights protection in contemporary democratic systems. The course will focus on the nature of social rights and on the challenges to social rights protection within the crisis of the Welfare state, from a comparative perspective. The first part of the course will deal with different models of social rights protection (U.S.A., South Africa, and Europe). The second part of the course will focus on social rights protection within the EU, in the light of the multiple crises experienced by Europe (economic crisis, migration crisis, rule of law crisis), with a special emphasis on the protection for vulnerable groups (i.e. refugees, low-income people, third-countries nationals). The third part of the course will focus on the crisis of the welfare state and on the design of new policies and the rise of new paradigms for social rights protection.
Risultati apprendimento attesi
At the end of the course the students - will be able to discuss the main controversial issues dealing with social rights protection in a comparative perspective; - will be able to understand the complexity of social rights protection and the role of the different institutions in promoting and protecting social rights in a comparative and multilevel perspective; - will be able to understand the relationship between social rights protection, citizenship and democratic participation; - will develop the skills necessary to discuss the most controversial aspect of social rights protection through in-class discussion of case-law and to present in writing critical and argumentative texts.
Programma e organizzazione didattica

Edizione unica

Primo semestre
Please, look at the Moodle webpage to get information about classes and exams. No variations in Course syllabus and bibliography. More specific information will be provided over the upcoming months, based on the evolution of the public health situation.
Social Rights Protection: Theoretical foundations
Social Rights Protection in comparative perspective: a complex scenario
The crisis of the Welfare state in Europe
Social rights protection in time of economic crisis
Social Rights protection in time of pandemic: the impact of COVID-19 emergency on SR in comparative perspective.
The role of courts (national and supranational) in adjudicating austerity measures
Case study: pandemic and health care
Case study: economic crisis and social benefits
Rule of law and democratic crises in the EU: an introduction Populism, inequality and social rights
EU citizenship and social rights
EU social rights protection and third countries' nationals
Social rights and conditionality

The EU social pillar: paradigm shift or much ado about nothing?
The crisis of the Welfare state in Europe
No prerequisites are required
Metodi didattici
The course will alternate and combine lectures and seminar teaching. Classes may require prior readings and include pre-recorded components. Students will have the unique opportunity to discuss relevant questions with key experts across European legal practice and academia, under the auspices of the Jean Monnet Module in Law & Policies for Social Rights Protection in Europe.
Materiale di riferimento
Suggested lectures and teaching materials will be available online, through the Moodle site.
Modalità di verifica dell’apprendimento e criteri di valutazione
Attendant students: Students' grade will be based on class participation and on the discussion of a written assessment. Students may write about any topic that interests them in the field of Social Rights Protection with the approval of the professor.

Non attendant student: Oral exam.

The final mark/grade will be expressed in **/30.

Erasmus Students: the lectures and the Course materials are entirely in English. Participation of Erasmus students is particularly welcome.
Lezioni: 42 ore
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