Comparative legal systems

  • A.A. 2017/2018
  • CFU 9
  • Ore 45
  • Classe di laurea LMG/01
Laura Vagni / Professoressa di ruolo - II fascia / Diritto privato comparato (IUS/02)
Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza

It is suggestable to attend and pass the examination of Private Law.

Obiettivi del corso

The unit will study the civil law and common law legal traditions, their historical
evolution and their principal features. The aim of the course, considering the goals of
the course in law (LMG/01), is to introduce students to the complexity of legal
phenomenon, that is universal and contextual at the same time, through the use of
legal comparison. In this perspective, the attended result by the students is the
undestanding of different meanings of common law (such as common law as Anglo-
American legal tradition, common law as English law, common law as system of
justice, common law as system of sources of law) and civil law (such as civil law as
written law, as jus commune, as code law) and their dependence on the context.

Programma del corso

The course will cover the following subjects:

comparative law (origins and methods);

the western legal tradition (general introduction);

common law as a tradition of law

English legal tradition (history, common law and equity, rule of law, judicial system,
sources of law);

meanings of civil law and in particular civil law as code law.

Materials and texts will be suggested during classes.

Metodi didattici
  • The lectures will be divided in six different sections, according to the subjects
    mentioned above (see programme of the course). Each section will be divided into
    two parts: in the first part of the section the issue will be introduced by the teacher,
    using a power point presentation. At the same time the teacher will suggest two
    readings to students. In the second part of the section there will be a debate in class
    about the readings suggested, during which the students will be asked to comment
    ad give their opinions about the readings, considering the issue investigated in class.
Modalità di valutazione
  • The examination will consiste in a 20 minutes dialogue with the teacher about two
    different sections of the course. Students are asked to show their knowledge of the
    content of the lectures and the readings suggested. Moreover, students will be asked
    to give their opinion about some legal questions, investigated during the classes, and
    to sustain their opinion with legal arguments.
Lingue, oltre all'italiano, che possono essere utilizzate per l'attività didattica

english classes