01261 - Family Law

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

No poverty Gender equality Decent work and economic growth Reduced inequalities

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The Course aims to achieve an analytical knowledge of Family Law's principles and of the leading decisions in case law, with particular regard to the emerging issues and to the most debated matters in judicial practice.

Course contents

Family law in an historical prospective.

- Family law, Constitution and International law.

- The marriage.

- Personal relationships.

- Economic relationships.

- The dissolution of the marriage.

- The Economic consequences of the dissolution of the marriage.

- The other forms of relationships: civil partnership and cohabitation.

- Assisted reproductive Technologies.

- The adoption.

- The tort law in familiar relationships.


M. Sesta, Manuale di diritto di famiglia, IX edizione, Cedam, Padova, 2021

For further legal references:

Nuovo codice della famiglia, Schemi e tabelle, a cura di Michele Sesta, Giuffré, Milano, 2018.

Teaching methods

Lessons will be held by Prof. Enrico Al Mureden and Prof. Riccardo Campione in the frist semester in Bologna.

The first semester courses will be held according the mode described at the following Internet link:


The course will be focused on the case law study.

The illustration of the topics will be accompanied by the projection of graphic slides and summary tables in Power Point.

Assessment methods

The attention will be focused on the skills to give a complete and accurate picture of the topics and to read the particular cases in the light of general principles as well as on the capacity to describe the cases explained in text and discussed during the lessons.

Students are allowed to take the Family Law examination only after having taken Private Law and Public Law.

The assessment of the interview will be carried out taking into consideration:

  • the knowledge of institutional profiles and the jurisprudential and doctrinal guidelines;
  • the ability to make connections between the different parts of the program;
  • the ability to develop critical arguments;
  • the exposure articulation;
  • the accuracy of the exposure.

the following criteria will be used to assess the final mark (that will be out of 30/30):

  • sufficient or barely sufficient knowledge on the programme, limited reasoning ability, some difficulties in using technical and legal language → 18-21/30;
  • fairly good knowledge of the programme, adequate critical reasoning ability, sound use of technical and legal language → 22-25/30;
  • comprehensive knowledge of the programme, notable reasoning ability, good command of technical and legal language → 26-29/30;

extensive knowledge of the programme, very good reasoning ability, and ability to fully master technical-legal language → 30-30L/30.

Registration for the final exam must be done using the Almaesami application (https://almaesami.unibo.it/almaesami/welcome.htm).

Degree thesis

The degree thesis will be assigned by Prof. Enrico Al Mureden after an interview.

Students will be supervised by a tutor provided by Prof. Enrico Al Mureden 

The above indications upon the programme and the assessment methods are also applied to Erarmus students.

Teaching tools

Students which need compensatory tools for reasons of disability or Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) will communicate to the teacher their needs so as to be directed to the dedicated person and arrange on the adoption of the most appropriate measures

Office hours

See the website of Enrico Al Mureden

See the website of Riccardo Campione