Insegnamento a.a. 2017-2018



Department of Law

Course taught in English

Go to class group/s: 24 - 26
WBB (6 credits - I sem. - OB  |  IUS/05)
Course Director:

Classes: 24 (I sem.) - 26 (I sem.)

Course Objectives

The main purpose of this course is to provide students with an advanced introduction to comparative constitutional law.

Course Content Summary

  • 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.

Detailed Description of Assessment Methods

  • 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 are class-specific and explained in detail at the beginning of the semester.
  • 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.


For 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, all chapters.
Exam textbooks & Online Articles (check availability at the Library)
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