An introduction to italian private law in a comparative perspective

A.A. 2018/2019
Insegnamento per
Crediti massimi
Ore totali
Obiettivi formativi
- knowledge and understanding of the fundamental institutions of private law, including their general principles;
- ability to rework principles and rules of private law, and ability to apply such knowledge and understanding to specific cases;
- ability to systematically read and interpret legislation; autonomous capability to identify the rationale behind each rule;
- ability to effectively communicate and discuss (in English) topics of Italian private law.
- ability to apply the comparative method with regard to the divergences and convergences of major European legal traditions.
The course is devoted to the study of the principles and rules of Italian private law from a comparative law perspective.

Struttura insegnamento e programma

Edizione attiva
Lezioni: 42 ore
The course focuses on the fundamental features of Italian private law, from a comparative law perspective. In particular, the course will consider the following specific topics: sources of law and legal formants; "individuals" (natural persons) and "collective entities" (legal persons); family; succession; property, ownership and possession; contracts in general and nominate contracts; torts.
As regards duration, the course consists of 45 hours of lecture. As regards methodology, the Professor will devote a certain number of hours to introductory lectures; the remaining lecture hours will be dedicated to the discussion of specific cases (moot courts model), oral arguments on select topics and discussion of legal documents. Accordingly, during the course students will be required to submit a specific case to the class or, alternatively, to make oral arguments on specific topics chosen by the Professor.
In order to take the exam, students must have already successfully passed the following courses: Istituzioni di diritto privato I, Istituzioni di Diritto Privato II and Diritto Costituzionale. Exceptionally, students who have not already passed the above mentioned courses may be allowed to attend the course and take the exam afterwards.
Prerequisiti e modalità di esame
For attending students, the exam will consist of either: a written test, an oral interview on the topics discussed during lecture, or a Power Point presentation of a specific case.
For non-attending students, the exam will consist of an oral interview aimed at ascertaining the student's knowledge of course topics, the understanding and acquisition of appropriate lexicon, and the ability to synthesize and rework general principles and rules.
Exams will be conducted in English.
Materiale didattico e bibliografia
The required text, for both attending and non-attending students, is: M. Cenini - R.E. Cerchia, Cases and materials in Italian Private Law, Milano, Giuffrè, 2016.
In addition, students may consult the official course website at for further information, materials and updates concerning the course. Username and password are those of Unimi webmail (
Secondo semestre
I corsi di Diritto Privato Comparato e Dir. Priv. Comp. Progredito inizieranno rispettivamente il 9 e il 10 ottobre 2019. Il modulo Diritto Privato Angloamericano dal 15 ottobre 2019 (martedì alle 12.30 aula 302)
Dipartimento di diritto privato e storia del diritto