The course introduces the most relevant topics in the study of comparative law, with specific attention to the areas of common law and civil law, through a historical contextualization and by addressing the problems of contemporary societies. It also aims at shedding light on some more specific topics relating to security (IT s., territorial s., environmental s. and the regulation of emergency).
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The course aims to illustrate the history, methods and problems of the comparative approach and to introduce the main legal systems and traditions of the world and the most relevant current legal issues. Special attention will be put on territorial and IT security problems, as regards implemented within different legal systems; at the same time, in a historical perspective, it will highlight the intersections between law, culture and society in the development of those solutions. Finally, it will reflect on the prospects opened up by the processes of supranational harmonization of law.

This course includes a general part where the fundamental concepts and areas of Comparative legal systems are introduced. It will then focus on selected topics consistent with the degree programme, which are related to territorial security and information technology-releated aspects. For this, experts will be invited to hold lectures. Finally, the course foresses in-class discussion and other classroom activities that will allow analyzing concretely the problems discussed through the greatest involvement of students.

Core Documentation

Readings A.A. 2020-2021

1) V. Varano – V. Barsotti, La tradizione giuridica occidentale, Giappichelli, Torino, 2018 or 2021
2) Further readings will be recommended during the course.

Additional readings agreed with the teacher on the topics covered during the course are required for students who do not attend at least 80% of the lectures.

Type of delivery of the course

The course will be organized through lectures structured in a way as to stimulate students' interventions and classroom discussion. In particular, this teaching methodology applies to the general part and the second part devoted to the presentation of case studies and specific problems. To this end, the teacher will make use of IT tools (PowerPoint presentation) and video materials. The third part of the course adopts a dialogical and interactive learning methodology that allows students - alone or gathered in small groups - to work and analyze in class materials submitted by the teacher (case-law, journal articles, constitutional documents etc.). Finally, it will be possible for students to agree with the teacher a topic to be analyzed in a short text to be discussed in class. Attendance to the course is non-compulsory. However, students who attend the lectures (at least 80%) will have the opportunity to discuss in class a topic agreed with the teacher, which will be taken into consideration for the final assessment. Moreover, these students are exempted from some readings for the final exam, regarding topics that are analyzed during the course.

Type of evaluation

The assessment of the learning outcomes will generally consist of an oral exam. However, this verification will be carried out in different ways depending on whether the student is attending or not attending (the qualification of attending student is obtained if you are not absent from more than 20% of the lessons). For non-attending students, additional reading is required to be agreed with the teacher on the topics covered during the course.