Basis of Business Law [Cognomi P-Z] (2020/2021)

Course code
Name of lecturers
Bernardo Calabrese, Giuseppe Rumi
Bernardo Calabrese
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
I semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere) dal Sep 28, 2020 al Jan 9, 2021.

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Learning outcomes

The course aims to provide the participants with the knowledge of juridical vocabulary, of the fundamental basis of private law, that are necessary to properly understand commercial law, and of the main aspects of company and commercial law. The goal is to provide the juridical knowledges that are essential to be able to work in companies, also in tourism field. During the course, particular attention will be paid to reading and examining the Civil Code and to learning how to interpret laws. At the end of the course, students shall have acquired adequate awareness of the fundamental rules governing companies and enterprises as well as of the interests protected by such rules.


Part 1
The concept of law and rule of law; the interpretation of law.
Natural persons and legal entities.
Obligations and contracts.

Part 2
The concept of entrepreneur; different categories of entrepreneurs.
Business and business transfer.
Unlimited and limited partnerships.

Part 3
Corporations: incorporation, corporate governance, audit, balance sheet.
Limited liability companies.
Cooperative societies.

Teaching methodology
Lectures aim to analyze main basics of business law, links between rules and protected interests. In order to make it easier for students to understand operational dimension of rules, we will often use case-law.


Part 1
F. Galgano, Istituzioni di diritto privato, Padova, CEDAM, last issue: capp. I, II (par. 1,2,3), III (from par. 1 to par. 5), IV (par. 1,2,3), V (par. 1,2), VI (par.1,4,5), IX, X, XI, XII, XIII (par.1,2), XIV, XV, XVI (par.1,2,3), XIX (par.1,4), XXI (from par. 1 to par. 4), XXIII
M. Nuzzo, Introduzione alle scienze giuridiche. Norme – Soggetti – Attività, Giappichelli, Torino, ult.ed.: Capitoli 1 (sez. I), 2, 3, 4, 5 (sez. I, II, III), 6 (sez. IV)

Part 2
M. Cian, Manuale di diritto commerciale, Torino, Giappichelli, 2019: p. 11-83 e 307-390;
oppure, in alternativa:
G. Meruzzi, Complemento di diritto commerciale, Egea, 2019: capp. 2-8, 13,15-20

Part 3
M. Cian, Manuale di diritto commerciale, Torino, Giappichelli, 2019: p. 391-624 e 641-656;
oppure, in alternativa:
G. Meruzzi, Complemento di diritto commerciale 2, Egea, 2018: capp. 2-4, 7-18 (da par. 18.1 a par. 18.5)

It is necessary to study also Civil Code rules mentioned during classes and in the textbooks.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Giovanni Meruzzi Complemento di diritto commerciale, vol. 1 (impresa, società in generale, società di persone) e vol. 2 (società di capitali e cooperative) - Seconda edizione (Edizione 2) Egea 2019
M. Nuzzo Introduzione alle scienze giuridiche. Norme – Soggetti – Attività Giappichelli  
F. Galgano Istituzioni di diritto privato CEDAM 2013
Cian (a cura di) Manuale di diritto commerciale Giappichelli 2019 9788892129368

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