37296 - Commercial law

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  • Teacher Riccardo Ghetti

  • Learning modules Riccardo Ghetti (Modulo 1)
    Carlo Meo (Modulo 2)

  • Credits 12

  • SSD IUS/04

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures (Modulo 1)
    Traditional lectures (Modulo 2)

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme First cycle degree programme (L) in Business and Economics (cod. 8965)


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

Industry, innovation and infrastructure Reduced inequalities Peace, justice and strong institutions Partnerships for the goals

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the Teaching Activities related to the course Commercial Law, students will count with a comprehensive understanding of the main institutions accountable for the corporations and the firms, focusing on their basic characteristics and tasks, from the moment certain commercial regulations are conceived until these same regulations and norms expire. Furthermore, students will be able to acquire and grasp the basic notions about all the different types of firms, consortiums and lobbies, in order to assess and verify how these organizations, which are widespread in the Italian Economic scenario, could be profitably used for the practice of the economic activity (principles, structures and organizations). The International approach to the course Commercial Law sets the platform for a continuous comparative evaluation between Italian commercial law and Italian Industrial legislation versus the international directives on this very field (with a special focus on EU regulation on the subject), also considering international agreements, basic concepts of commercial law and industrial law, taking into careful consideration the antitrust legislation, unfair competition and unfair practices like dumping, misleading communication, the regulation of particularities and all creative activities, regulation of know-how and of technologies as well.

Course contents

  1. Introduction to Commercial Law
  2. History of Corporate Law
  3. Separate Legal Personality
  4. Limited Liability
  5. Shares and Shareholder Rights
  6. The General Meeting
  7. The Board of Directors
  8. Directors' Duties
  9. Legal Capital
  10. EU competition law policy and economics
  11. Article 101(1)
  12. Article 101(3)
  13. Article 102
  14. Mergers
  15. Introduction to intellectual property law
  16. Patent law
  17. Copyright law
  18. Trademark law


Exam materials will be provided on virtuale.

Teaching methods

Each lecture will focus on a specific topic. Active student participation is encouraged.

Assessment methods

Multiple choice midterm and full exams will take place online.

Teaching tools

Reading materials will be available for download on virtuale.

Office hours

See the website of Riccardo Ghetti

See the website of Carlo Meo