Comparative contract law

A.A. 2018/2019
Insegnamento per
Crediti massimi
Ore totali
Obiettivi formativi
The course focuses on the principal institutions of contract law from a comparative perspective between common law and civil law systems.
- ability to rework principles and rules of private law and to apply such knowledge to specific cases;
- ability to interpret legislation systematically; independent capacity to identify the ratio behind each rule;
- ability in applying the comparative method, in consideration of the divergences and convergences of the major European legal traditions.

Struttura insegnamento e programma

Edizione attiva
Lezioni: 42 ore
After an introduction on historical formation of the law of contract, focusing on the differences between the common law systems and the civil law systems, the course will focus on the most important principles of the law of contracts in the two mentioned systems. It will explain, in particular, the ratio and the historical reasons of the freedom of contract theory, from the one hand, and the contractual justice and the good faith theory, from the other hand, and the consequences that the two theories have on the law of contracts.
Then, the course will focus on a general overview on the law and economics contractual theory, that has had its great diffusion in the North American law system and the consequent understanding of the contract as exchange, in contrast with the opposite view of the contract as agreement.
The course will explain the different ways of conclusions of contracts (unilateral and bilateral contracts), the evolution of the mirror image rule and the main contract's elements, focusing on the different conclusions in the common law and in the civil law systems and, in particular, on the opposition of the two concepts of the civil law "cause" and the common law "consideration".
Afterwards, the course will concentrate on the main characteristics of interpretation of contracts and implied terms theory, the different approaches of the Courts in interpreting contracts and the pros and cons of each of them.
The second part of the course will focus on breach of contract, damages and specific performance.
The course will conclude with a focus on illegality of contract.
Prerequisiti e modalità di esame
The exam will be a group presentation of a topic explained in class, focusing on each students' legal system

Course attendance. The attendance of 70% of the classes is mandatory to pass the exam.
Metodi didattici
The course consists of 42 hours of lessons.
During the course, after an explanation by the professors, students will discuss each issue together. Students will study their notes from each lesson and the material provided by the professor during the course
Primo semestre
Primo semestre
Modalità di valutazione
Giudizio di valutazione
voto verbalizzato in trentesimi
Siti didattici
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
Venerdì alle ore 14,30. Eventuali variazioni di orario verranno pubblicate sul sito del Dipartimento alla pagina
Sezione di diritto civile.