20110482 - Comparative Constitutional Law and Digital Democracy

The course introduces the most relevant topics of comparative constitutional law through their historical contextualization and by addressing the problems of contemporary societies, with special attention to the intersection with digital revolution. The course aims t these objectives through the study of actual cases, in order to highlight the intersections between systems, their convergence and divergence.
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The course includes a general part where the fundamental concepts and areas of Comparative Constitutional Law are introduced (constitution, constitutionalism, State and democracy, government vs. governance, separation of powers, systems of government, federalism and other types of State organization). It then focuses on selected topics of digital democracy: such as the rise of private (vs State) powers and digital constitutionalism, issues of digital surveillance, regulation of Artificial intelligence and the use of technology in relation to state structures (Judiciaries, Parliaments, Governments).

Testi Adottati

Readings will be provided on the e-learning platform.

Bibliografia Di Riferimento

Jackson and Tushnet's Comparative Constitutional Law Buratti Western Constitutionalism

Modalità Erogazione

The course favours in-class discussion and the students’ involvement in classroom activities aiming at analyzing the problems discussed. It is mostly based on readings that are discussed in classrom. 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.

Modalità Valutazione

Final assessment is based on an open-books written essay for students who attend at least 80% of inclass lectures. Students who do not attend classes will undergo a mixed written/oral exam