30048 - INTRODUCTION TO THE LEGAL SYSTEM - MODULE 2
BIEF - BIEM
Course taught in English
- General Introduction: sources of law, constitutions, constitutional amendments constitutional statutes, ordinary statutes, law decrees, legislative decrees and delegated legislation, bye-laws and regulations.
- Forms of State and Transitions to Democracy. Forms of Government. Electoral laws. Federalism, Regionalism and Devolution in a comparative context.
- Constitutional Justice: composition, role and functions of Constitutional and Supreme Courts. The fundamental aspects of American and European models of constitutional review. Classification of Court judgments and analysis of decision-making techniques.
- The legal system of the European Union: system of legal sources and the relationship between European law and domestic legislation; the institutional structure; the evolution of the case law of the CJEU and domestic courts.
- Political, economic and civil rights and related safeguards in a comparative context.
- Class-specific special part that shall indicated to students at the beginning of the course by the class instructor.
- The common assessment method for all classes is an end-of-term written exam consisting of 40 multiple choice questions and 1 short essay. The end-of-term exam format is the same for attending and non-attending students, but the content is different (see above). Other assessment methods for attending students is class-specific and explained in detail at the beginning of the semester. As a general rule, attending students are expected to ensure regular class attendance and to actively participate in class discussions and teamwork.
- Please note that there is only one written final exam every academic year at the end of the course semester; students have to sit oral exams in all other sessions. Students from previous academic years can only sit the written or oral exam as non- attending students.
A workbook with articles, cases and other material is put on the Blackboard platform at the beginning of the course.
For non attending students
- G.F. FERRARI (ed.), Introduction to Italian Public Law, Milano, Giuffrè, 2008.