00534 - Institutions of Public Law

Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: First cycle degree programme (L) in Economics, Markets and Institutions (cod. 8038)

Learning outcomes

Basic elements of public law.                                                                  

Course contents

The constitutive elements of legal systems. Law order. Binding and not-binding rules. Public Law and Private Law.

Constitutive elements of the State (community, territory, sovereignty). Citizenship and Migrants.

 Form of State.  Unitary, Federal and Regional State. National and supra-national legal systems. The State into the international framework. International law and EU law.

Form of Government.

Internal Sources of law and relationship between EU and International Sources. 

Organization of constitutional powers and its changing relationship.

Administrative power and public organization. The role of public power in economy. Public services and social services.  


About funfdamental notions:

CARULLO, CASTORINA, Istituzioni di diritto pubblico, Padova, Cedam, 2016.


BARBERA, CARLO FUSARO. Corso di diritto pubblico, IL mulino- ultima edizione

About Social State and Social rights:

NICODEMO S., Diritto dei servizi sociali, EGEA 2021

About public expenditure:

NICODEMO, Lezioni su finanza e costituzione, CACUCCI, 2023

Per chi fosse interessato a studiare un testo normativo ed il commento, può essere consultato:
NICODEMO, SUSANNA, Commentario al dlgs. 175 del 2016, Pacini Editore, 2017

For a critic approach in the study of a specific law, students can examine:

NICODEMO, SUSANNA, Commentario al dlgs. 175 del 2016, Pacini Editore, in corso di pubblicazione.

Teaching methods

Frontal lesson. If the number of students let me done, in addition to basic notion, we're going to study matters interested by recent reforms. We use text of laws, decisions.

Innovation in teaching and learning:

in relation to the composition of the class, the following activities will be proposed:

- Consulting databases by accessing institutional websites

- Consultations sources of law and sources for research

- Enhancement of methodological aspects in the study, interpretation and application of administrative law

- Enhancement of written processing -papers - individual or group study activities to be reported in the classroom

- group work and class discussions.

- activities related to students' desires.

Assessment methods

Students attended lessons: the assesment methods consist in 2 written test, with open answers. Verification try to ensure the successful acquisition of the principles and tools of public law. Students may choose an oral exam to improve the text result. 

Students non-attended lessons: the final exams will be oral.


The assessment will take into account the knowledge of the relevant institutional framework, the ability to analyse items and, to single out connections between the relevant topics, to critical reasoning, as well as the clarity of presentation and critical thinking.

By way of example, the following criteria will be used to assign the final mark (that will be out of 30/30):

- knowledge of a very limited number of topics, extensive support by the interviewer to address and answer the questions, basic yet appropriate language à 18-19/30;

- knowledge of a limited number of topics, ability to autonomously address basic legal problems, use of appropriate language → 20-24/30;

- comprehensive knowledge of the programme, ability to autonomously and critically analyse legal problems, use of specific terminology → 25-29/30;

- extensive knowledge of the programme, ability to reason autonomously and critically analyse legal problems, make connections between the topics, ability to master the specific terminology and ability to present legal arguments. → 30-30L/30.


To attend the exam, each student must sign up via AlmaEsami within the deadline. Those who cannot sign up must immediately (before the official closing of the subscription lists) communicate the problem to the teaching secretariat. Deciding whether to allow not enrolled students to attend the exam or not is up to the teacher.

The teacher will minute the final mark on the date set and indicated in Almaesami.

Teaching tools


Regulatory Acts. Case law.

Updated documents on Virtuale.

Office hours

See the website of Silvia Nicodemo


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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.