11316 - Private Law

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Academic Year 2019/2020

Learning outcomes


Upon completion of the course, students will be able to: - know fundamental notions and concepts concerning private law area; - apply the store of knowledge thus acquired to a wide array of social and economic events.

Course contents

The course aims to provide students with the fundamentals notions of Italian civil law, with special regard to: the sources of law, interpretation of law, validity and effects of law, persons (natural and legal persons, including companies, associations, no-profit organizations), fundamental rights, goods, possession and property, obligations, contracts (including consumer contracts), family (marriage, civil union); torts.

Course contents will be analyzed with both theoretical and practical approach, debating relevant cases of law (especially with regard to fundamental rights, natural persons and family law). 


1. Francesco Galgano, Istituzioni di diritto privato, Wolters Kluwer - Cedam, Milano, 2019 (with the exclusion of chapters 20, 21, 22, 25, 26 and 27).

2. Only for students who effectively attend the course, selected cases of law  debated in class during the course. Debated cases of law will be available on AMS Campus, during the class. These students can omit chapter 18 of the above-mentioned book.

Teaching methods

Traditional lectures, electronics devices and tools, teaching exercises, debate on relevant cases of law

Assessment methods

In place of the methods for carrying out the exams, in relation to the needs of these times related to the health emergency from Covid-19, it is established that the exams will consist of a written test. The student will be asked three open questions, which he will have to answer in 30 minutes.
The written test consists of 15 multiple choice questions in 20 minutes (or 10 questions in 15 minutes) and students must give at least 9 correct answers (or 6 correct answers, if the questions are 10) to be admitted to the oral test, which will determine the final score.

Students who effectively attend the class and who analyse specific topics or teaching materials (or instance judgments of Italian or EU Courts) explaining the topics with a presentation will be also evaluated during the oral exposition in class.

Teaching tools

civil code and other educational material in class room

Office hours

See the website of Nadia Zorzi

See the website of Fabio Bravo