The Course provides a comparative introduction into the most relevant administrative law models in Europe and in USA, focusing on the general principles of administrative law and on their applications into the legal orders considered. The goal is to offer a theoretical basis to understand the most actual administrative law issues with a view to building a critical capacity of analyse the related application problems
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The course focuses on the following topics:

1 - Comparative Remarks in Administrative Law
2 - Common Traits and Differences between the Main Administrative Systems
3 - Common Law Systems vs Administrative Law Systems
4 - The influence of European Law on National Systems
5 - Convergence and Integration into National Models
6 - Comparative Administrative Law and Global Law
7 - Transnational Administrative Law
8 - Legal Model and Administrative Organization
9 - Forms of Action of the Public Administration
10 - Administrative Proceedings, Transparency and Participation
11 - The Protection of Rights

Core Documentation

Prescribed Text: G. Napolitano, Introduzione al diritto amministrativo comparato, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2020.

During the course of the lectures, further supplementary materials will be provided for further study of the topics covered.

The supplementary readings will be made available on the Moodle page of the course or will be available through the University Library System (SBA).

Type of delivery of the course

The course will include lectures, seminars and case studies. Students will be expected to be actively present. Attendance at lectures is not compulsory but strongly recommended.

Type of evaluation

Attending students will be required to take an intermediate exoneration and discuss an in-depth paper on one of the topics covered. The final exam grade will be the result of the average of the evaluations obtained with respect to the following elements: - active attendance of lectures - mark of the exoneration - structure and content of the paper - oral examination Non-attending students should contact the lecturer before the exam to agree on any supplementary readings. During the COVID - 19 emergency period, the exam will be held in accordance with the provisions of art.1 of the D. R. no. 703 of May 5, 2020.