00216 - Agricultural Law

Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Single cycle degree programme (LMCU) in Law (cod. 9232)

Learning outcomes

The course is aimed at providing students with knowledge of the main regulatory schemes of Agricultural Law.

Course contents

- The origin and evolution of agricultural law. Its actual content and legal sources.

- Domestic, European and international legislations; particularly, intervention measures within the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

- The farm business: general farm activities (breeding of living plants and animals, fishing, related activities); instruments (land, accessory parts and enterprise); enterprise's legal statute; agricultural contracts.

- Food products between domestic law, EU law and multilateral international Agreements.

- Agricultural and food products' markets.


Luigi COSTATO - Luigi RUSSO, Corso di diritto agrario italiano e dell'Unione europea, 6^ ediz., Giuffrè, Milano, 2023:

- Ch. 1

- Ch. 2, limited to paragraphs: 2.I.1, 2.I.2, 2.I.5, 2.I.6, 2.I.7, 2.I.8, 2.I.9; from 2.II.1 to 2.II.9; 2.III.1 and 2.III.2

- Ch. 3

- Ch. 4 limited to par. 4.4

- Ch. 5, limited to paragraphs: 5.1, 5.3 and 5.7

- Ch. 6, limited to paragraphs: 6.4, 6.5.1, 6.5.2 e 6.5.3

- Ch. 7, limited to par. 7.5

- Ch. 9, except for paragraph 9.16

- Ch. 10, limited to paragraphs: 10.1, 10.3.2, 10.4.1, 10.4.2, 10.4.3, 10.4.4

- Ch. 11


Luigi COSTATO - Luigi RUSSO, Corso di diritto agrario italiano e dell'Unione europea, 6^ ediz., Giuffrè, Milano, 2023:

- Ch. 1

- Ch. 9, except for paragraph 9.16


Luigi COSTATO, Paolo BORGHI, Sebastiano RIZZIOLI, Valeria PAGANIZZA, Laura SALVI, Compendio di diritto alimentare, 10^ ediz., Milano : Wolters Kluwer, CEDAM scienze giuridiche, 2022:

- Ch. 1

- Ch. 2

- Ch. 3, limited to parr. 1, 2, 6

- Ch. 4

- Ch. 5 limited to parr. 6 e 7

- Ch. 6


Students attending classes can prepare the final examination on lecture notes, following guidelines provided during the lessons.

Teaching methods

Generally lectures are based on the relevant normative provisions and, possibly, on scholarly literature and Court's case-law.

Assessment methods

Final examination is oral (approximately 30-45 minutes) and generally consists in 3 questions/topics on course contents; the student must reply correctly to 2 out of 3 questions at least to pass the exam.

Final examination is based on textbook's contents and, for students attending classes, on lectures' content; anyway, accordingly with personal interests on specific topics, programmes partially different from the official one can be agreed.

The students’ knowledge is assessed through a discussion, to evaluate the actual achievement of the learning outcomes. The exam consists in an interview with the appointed commission on the topics included in the programme.

The assessment will take into account the knowledge of the relevant institutional framework, the ability to analyse doctrinal and jurisprudential opinions 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  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.

Teaching tools

Computer (Internet access), projector, blackboard.

Lectures are generally conducted by projecting the text of legal sources related to the topics analysed.

Office hours

See the website of Giulio Sgarbanti


Zero hunger

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