Comparative and European Public law (2016/2017)

Course code
Name of lecturers
Matteo Nicolini, Daniele Butturini
Matteo Nicolini
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
I SEMESTRE dal Oct 3, 2016 al Jan 21, 2017.

Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

The course focuses on public comparative law and on EU law. It also analyses the different legal traditions of the world in their interrelations with constitutional designs, as well as on the regulation of economic actvities having recourse to the comparative method.


The course will be divided into three parts:
1. Comparative method and constitutional legal studies. The legal systems of the world. Legal systems, legal families, ethnocentrism and Euro-Atlantic constitutionalism: mutual interferences and legal borrowings. Civil law, Common law, Soviet Law, African Law, Mixed jurisdictions, Islamic Law, Hindu Law, Hebrew Law, Far Eastern legal systems, The Russian area.
2. An introduction to Constitutional Comparative studies: constitutions, formation and alteration of the constitutions, frame of government, federalism and regionalism, constitutional litigation. EU law.
3. Public law for economics. The influence of globalization and of the EU law over public policies.

Bibliographical references:

Students that will attend the course:
a) lecture notes;
b) M. Nicolini, L'altra common law of the land. La famiglia giuridica mista dell'Africa australe, BUP, Bologna, 2016 (forthcoming);
c) L. Acquarone et al. Sistemi giuridici del mondo, Giappichelli, Torino,2012.

Students that will not attend the course:
1) G. Morbidelli, L. Pegoraro, A. Reposo, M. Volpi, Diritto pubblico comparato, Giappichelli, Torino, ult. ed.
Ch I;
Ch II;
Ch III, sect I;
Ch III, sect II, paras 1-4;
Ch III, sect III;
Ch IV;
Ch VI;
Ch IX.

2) the Handbook will be complemented by one of the followings books (alternatively):
2a) M. Nicolini, L'altra common law of the land. La famiglia giuridica mista dell'Africa australe, BUP, Bologna, 2016 (in corso di stampa);
2b)S. Cassese, La nuova costituzione economica, Laterza, Roma-Bari, ult. ed. (capp. I, II, III, V, VII, VIII, IX)

Erasmus students may also choose the following program:
1) J. Husa, A New Introduction to Comparative Law, Bloomsbury, London, 2015;+
2) M. Tushnet, Advanced Introduction to Comparative Constitutional Law, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, 2014.

Assessment methods and criteria

students have to undergo an oral examination

Teaching aids