00236 - Comparative Public Law

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

Reduced inequalities Climate Action Peace, justice and strong institutions Partnerships for the goals

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to provide students with basic knowledge on comparative method, both with theoretic and practical purposes. During the course students will learn how to apply the comparative method to study various topics such as legal families and sources of law, forms of State and Government, human rights, federalism and regionalism, models of constitutional adjudication.

Course contents

Part I

  1. Introduction to Comparative Constitutional law
  2. Constitutions and constitutionalism
  3. Sources of Law
  4. Forms of State and forms of Government
  5. Federalism and regionalism
  6. Constitutional organization
  7. Constitutional justice

Part II

Focus on some specific constitutional experiences


  • GIUSEPPE DE VERGOTTINI, Diritto costituzionale comparato, decima edizione (Padova, Cedam, 2019). Pages 215-231, 325-345, 561-662 are excluded
  • On-line materials

Teaching methods

The course will be developed through lessons and conferences, also held by visiting foreigner Professors, with use of slides and internet, moodle.

First semester lessons will be held following the directives described here https://dsg.unibo.it/en/teaching/projects-and-teaching-methodologies/teaching-modes-at-dsg-on-i-semester-a-y-2020-2021

Students are kindly encouraged to attend lessons and actively participate to the discussions. 

Attending Students can also prepare a brief oral exposition, in groups or alone, on topics suggested by the professor and then orally explained in the classroom. If the job is positively evaluated, students will be freed from the study of the additional volume of Part II.

Assessment methods

The final exam will consist of an oral examination.

Criteria of evaluation:

• knowledge of the institutional program;• ability to critically analize legal doctine and case-law; ability to make connections between different parts of the program;• ability to develop a critical thought; • accuracy in the exposition;•ability to use  legal language properly.

Attending Students can also prepare a brief oral exposition explained in classroom. If the job will be positively evaluated, it will replace part of the final exam.

Teaching tools

On the moodle the teacher will publish all the information about the course: lessons, slides, programs of seminars and other relevant events, useful link to the study of comparative law.

Office hours

See the website of Leonardo Pierdominici