Comparative and European Public law [Cognomi M-Z] (2020/2021)

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Name of lecturer
Matteo Nicolini
Matteo Nicolini
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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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 explains the functioning of the main instruments of public law and EU law in a comparative perspective.
It provides information on the different legal traditions of the world, on their influence on constitutional structures, as well as on the regulation of economic activities through the lens of the comparative methodology.
The course provides students with skills such as understanding, assessing and processing the regulatory framework in which they will operate in their professional trajectory. The comparative analysis of phenomena helps understand global trends and design better solutions for specific (legal) problems.


The course will be divided into three parts:
1. Comparative method and constitutional legal studies. Comparative law, economics, and the promotion of legal change. 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.

The 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, Bononia, 2016 (with the exclusion of chapter IV);
c) F. Trimarchi Banfi, Lezioni di diritto dell'economia, VI ed, Giappichelli, Turin, 2018.

Students that will not attend the course:
G. Pegoraro, A. Rinella, Sistemi costituzionali, Giappichelli, Turin, 2018 (with the exclusion of chapter IX).
M. Nicolini, L'altra common law of the land. La famiglia giuridica mista dell'Africa australe, BUP, Bononia, 2016 (with the exclusion of chapter IV);

Erasmus students may also choose the following program:
1) G. Mousourakis, Comparative Law and Legal Traditions, Springer, 2019 .

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
George Mousourakis George Mousourakis, Comparative Law and Legal Traditions. Historical and Contemporary Perspectives Springer 2019 Alternative reading for Erasmus students
Matteo Nicolini L'altra Law of the Land. La famiglia giuridica "mista" dell'Africa australe (Edizione 1) Bolonia University Press 2016
F. Trimarchi Banfi Lezioni di diritto pubblico dell'economia (Edizione 6) Giappichelli 2018
L. Pegoraro, A. Rinella Sistemi costituzionali Giappichelli 2020 ad esclusione del capitolo IX

Assessment methods and criteria

Students attending the course: oral examination.

Students not attending the course: oral examination.

ERASMUS students are invited to to contact professor Nicolini ( at the beginning of the course in order to set teaching methods and assessment tests.