86392 - History of Medieval and Modern Law (FF)

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  • Teacher Nicoletta Sarti

  • Credits 6

  • SSD IUS/19

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme Single cycle degree programme (LMCU) in Law (cod. 9232)

    Also valid for Single cycle degree programme (LMCU) in Law (cod. 9232)

  • Course Timetable from Feb 23, 2022 to May 05, 2022


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

Quality education

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the lessons the student

- knows the political institutions, the legal roots, the jurisprudence, the legal science which characterize the history of Western Continental Europe from Late Middle Age to Modern Age

- knows the importance of the historical approach to the legal phenomenons, in order to become a conscoius member of the community of jurists

Course contents

Oral questions insist about matters dealt by the teacher in the course, as shown below:

The fall of the ancient world

Official and vulgar Law

Sources of vulgar Law

Justinian's Law in Italy

Germanic Law in Western Europe

The Holy Roman Empire

The Church as a source of Law

Custom as a source of Lae

Utraque Lex (The two Laws)

From personal to territorial principle

School and science of Law

Ius commune as a system

Mos docendi gallicus and mos docendi italicus


1) P. Alvazzi del Frate, M. Cavina, R. Ferrante, N. Sarti, S. Solimano, G. Speciale, E. Tavilla, Tempi del diritto. Età medievale, moderna, contemporanea, Torino, Giappichelli, 2016, i primi 4 capitoli (fino a p. 199).

2) N. Sarti, Scuole, Studium, Ateneo. I primi secoli di vita dell'Università di Bologna, Bologna, BUP, 2018

Foreign students are allowed to prepare their oral examination reading M. Bellomo, L'Europa del diritto comune, Roma 1994.

Teaching methods

Teaching methods are aticulatet by frontal lessons, which through will be lead the sistematic exposition of course contents. 

The lessons wil start in the second part of academic year. Studenst will be allowed to afford the examination from may 2020.

Assessment methods

The final examination will be oral and it is going to certifie that the student

- knows the history of political institutions, of legal roots, of jurisprudence, of legal science from Late Middle Age to Modern Age

- knows the importance of an historical background in the knowledgement of nowdays european jurists

The thesis

The thesis, intended for a detailed study of institutes, people and precise moments from juridical medieval and modern history, will be assigned to those students who show a clear interest in the historical-juridical educational path.

Requests from those students who decline to dedicate the necessary time to make thesis elaboration a constructive experience will not be accepted.

Teaching tools

The course is completely supported by Microsoft Powerpoint. Seminars will be announced in time in the course of the lessons, if prevented.

Office hours

See the website of Nicoletta Sarti