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School of Economics and Political Science
Course unit
SP01102052, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
SP1866, Degree course structure A.Y. 2013/14, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination COMPARATIVE PUBLIC LAW
Department of reference Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge SARA PENNICINO IUS/21

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses IUS/21 Comparative Public Law 9.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 65 160.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: Knowledge of public law as well as modern and contemporary history
Target skills and knowledge: Understanding fundamental concepts inherent the comparative method as applied to public law.
Identifying the main differences between macro-comparison and micro-comparison in a both diachronical and synchronical perspective.
Contextualizing the evolution of European public law within the social and cultural context of reference.
Acquiring and consolidating knowledge regarding:
systems of legal sources, of constitutional review and of the main constitutional models.
Examination methods: Final oral exam.
Upon discretion of the instructor, partial exams could be held during the course for attending students ONLY.
Assessment criteria: In order to pass the exam, it is essential to understand the subject in its entirety, as well as to know precisely the legal categories considered and their main features. Students should also be able to frame different elements according to the relevant context and make critical appraisals.
Gaps on a key point of the program do not allow a successful outcome.
Preparation, using relevant technical language and being brilliant are crucial elements for a successful outcome and can possibly deliver results of excellence.
Course unit contents: Comparative public law as a science and as a method
Systems of legal sources and their evolution.
Legal sources in civil law and common law systems.
Jurisdiction and the administration of justice.
Personality and territoriality of the Law.
Relations between state institutions and society: absolute state, rule of law, democratic state, authoritarian state, totalitarian state.
From the concept of higher law to the Constitution.
Constitutional Justice and Interpretation.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: In addition to lectures, specific themes will be addressed during seminars held by Italian and foreign scholars.
Additional notes about suggested reading: In addition to texts listed below, ATTENDING STUDENTS will be provided with the material necessary for group exercises and class debates via moodle.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Somma, Alessandro, Introduzione al diritto comparatoAlessandro Somma. Roma: Bari, GLF editori Laterza, 2014. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Glenn, H. Patrick, Tradizioni giuridiche nel mondola sostenibilit√† della differenzaH. Patrick Glenn. Bologna: Il Mulino, 2011. (Cap. I e II; e A SCELTA uno dei capitoli successivi) Cerca nel catalogo
  • Margiotta Broglio, Francesco; Mirabelli, Cesare, Religioni e sistemi giuridiciintroduzione al diritto ecclesiastico comparatoFrancesco Margiotta Broglio, Cesare Mirabelli, Francesco Onida. Bologna: Il Mulino, 2004. (SOLO cap. I) Cerca nel catalogo