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  • Teacher Giacomo Di Federico

  • Credits 6

  • SSD IUS/14

  • Language English

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Legal Studies (cod. 9062)


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

Good health and well-being Gender equality

Academic Year 2020/2021

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course unit, students: - possess an in-depth knowledge about the supranational legal mechanisms concerning health, with an emphasis on patient mobility and the cooperation between Member States to face transboundary health crises; - can figure out (and solve) problems affecting the transboundary development of health policies at the European level, especially the provision of health services, and are capable to assess the abovementioned mechanisms in the framework of the applicable international legal regime, in particular the World Health Organization.

Course contents

The protection of healthcare in the European Union: constitutional and political conundrums; the competences of the EU in the field of healthcare; healthcare as an economic freedom; healthcare as a fundamental right; the governance of healthcare in the European Union: institutional actors and legal framework; preparedness and response to cross-border health threatsthe case of COVID-19.


Anniek de Ruijter, EU Health Law & Policy The Expansion of EU Power in Public Health and Health Care, Oxford Studies in European Law, 2019. In particular: Chapters 1 (paras 1, 2 and 3); 3 (paras 3.5, 3.6, 3.7), 4, 5, 6 (paras 1, 4, and 5) and 7.

Teaching methods

The course will be highly interactive. Theoretical issues will be confronted with practical cases in order to allow the students to understand and verify how EU law is actually elaborated and implemented, and the impact on the management of public health at the national level. Attending students will be asked to prepare case studies, alone and/or in groups. The relevant reading material will be uploaded on the IOL Platform in due time.

Assessment methods

The (attending) students' learning will be constantly verified through discussions and debates. The final exam will be oral (for attending and not attending students). The questions posed by the examining commission will concern the topics indicated in the Section “Course contents”. For the preparation of the exam students can refer to the text book indicated in the Section “Readings/Bibliography”. No additional teaching material will be required in order to pass the exam.

Teaching tools

Teaching materials for regular attenders (slides, documents, bibiographical references) will be made available through the platform Insegnamenti Online (https://iol.unibo.it ). [http://campus.unibo.it/]

Office hours

See the website of Giacomo Di Federico