00534 - Principle of Public Law

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

No poverty Quality education Affordable and clean energy Peace, justice and strong institutions

Academic Year 2019/2020

Learning outcomes

Objective of the course

The objective of the course is to provide students with:

1. a deep knowledge of the bases of our constitutional system and of the recent changes;

2. the capacity and the means to analyze and understand the organization of the State from the sources of the law to Constitutional jurisdiction;

3. the capacity to deal with the principles of the constitutional system;

4. the capacity to understand the meaning of the institutional changes and their consequences


The subject and the knowledge to achieve of this course is the regulation of Italian constitutional system, focusing especially on the sources of law and the form of State and government, and Constitutional Jurisprudence.


Course contents


I Part

The content of the program:

- Introduction to law

- Form of State

- Form of government

- The President of the Republic and its powers and acts

- The executive power: the government and its features

II Part

- Legislative power: the structure of the Parliament

- Legislative function

- Supervisory function

- The instruments of direct democracy

- Electoral system

- The sources of the law

- Constitutional sources

- The concept of Constitution: the Italian Constitution

- Ordinary laws and sources of the same level

- Referendum as a source

- The news structure of regional sources

- Internal regulation of the institutions

- Secondary sources

- Unwritten law

- International sources and European Union's sources

III Part

- Constitutional Court and its competences

- The freedoms and rights

- Auxiliary organs

- The judicial power

- Regionali and Local government

- Public Administration





For the general part students has to study:

L. Mezzetti, Manuale breve di Diritto Costituzionale, Giuffré, Milano, 2019;


F. Politi, Diritto Pubblico, Giappichelli, Torino, 2018.


For the special part students has to study:

Cap. I, III, IV, V e XI of the volume edit by Michele Belletti, Franco Mastragostino, Luca Mezzetti, Lineamenti di Diritto Costituzionale della Regione Emilia-Romagna, Giappichelli, Torino, 2016;


Cap. II e III of the volume edit by F. Politi, Libertà costituzionali e Diritti fondamentali. Casi e materiali. Un itinerario giurisprudenziale, Giappichelli, Torino, 2019.

Teaching methods

Teaching methods

The course will be divided into a first general introduction about the basements of Public Law, the study of form of State and form of government, the study of Constitutional bodies, and a second part with the sistem of sources, the rule of law, the rights and freedoms.

The last part of the course will be dedicated to Constitutional jurisdiction in Italy and Territorial entities

The program will be dealt with entirely during the course.

Assessment methods

Assesment and exam



The exam for students will consist in two mid-term exams and an end of term oral exam about the part of the course not covered by the written examinations.

The oral exam will be about the part not covered by the written tests ONLY if the evaluation of these was sufficient.

Students who don't get a sufficient evaluation in one or two written tests will have to pass an oral examination about the whole program, or the residual program.


The validity of the written tests will be one academic year (until september).



Teaching tools

The Constitution of Italian Republic

Constitutional and ordinary law

Case law, taken by Constitutional Court website

Office hours

See the website of Michele Belletti