Knowledge and understanding - The aim of the course is to enable students to acquire an in-depth knowledge of specific selected subjects of international transport law, with an understanding of their relevance in, and connections with, the wider context. Applying knowledge and understanding - Students will be expected to develop the ability to grasp the principles and policy reasons underlying the relevant rules, in order to understand to practical consequences of the application of such rules. Making judgements - The direct examination and study of legislation and case law should bring students to form an autonomously reasoned view on the subjects matters of the course. Communication skills - Students shall be trained to express their views in a concise, logical and persuasive manner Learning skills - As a result, at the end of the course, it is expected that students, in addition to a detailed set of notions on the subject matters of the course, shall also acquire a critical methodology for their studies
The international perspective has always been an outstanding feature of transport law. Since the beginning of the XX century several international conventions of uniform law, covering various modes of transport (by sea, air, road, rail) have been drafted and then ratified by a significant number of States. Such body of international uniform law has been constantly amended, expanded and updated and the struggle to achieve uniformity, but at the same time keep in touch with technological and economic developments, is still under way. It must also be noted that, although each mode of transport has its own pecularities, a comparative approach can lead to extract some common principles from the various conventions of international transport law. On the other hand, the involvement of the EU in transport law has greatly increased, starting from issues of market regulation (freedom to provide services, competition, etc,) and going on to consumer protection (in respect of carriage of passengers) and to the contractual regime of transport itself (e.g. regulations 2027/97 and 392/2009). The purpose of the course is the study of problems and trends in international transport law, with attention also to its practical implications as evidenced by case law.
Prerequisiti e modalità di esame
Given the methodology outlined above, the active participation of students will be essential. Regular attendance of classes will therefore be compulsory, in order to be allowed to take the exam. The overall evaluation will be based on the contribution during classes and on a final oral discussion on a case to be assigned shortly in advance
Materiale didattico e bibliografia
The course will be based on the analysis and discussion of materials (international conventions or EU regulations and directives, case law, articles etc.). Each year three specific subjects (as much as possible connected with recent developments) will be selected and each will be allocated about one third of the total time. For year 2015-2016 the following subjects will be covered - The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Carriage of Good Wholly or Partly by Sea (the "Rotterdam Rules") - The carriage of passengers by air and by sea - The liberalization of cabotage The relevant materials and recommended readings will be timely made available to students. A working knowledge of the English language will be necessary.