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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

The module will focus on the notion, the formation and the interpretation of law in the course of the historical evolution of the Roman law, from the origins to the VI century A.D. Particular attention will be paid to the the interpreter's role and to the procedural models.

Course contents

1) The Roman law and the Romanistic tradition;

2) The jurisprudential law;

3) The creative character of the jurisprudential interpretation. The casuistic method;

4) Iura and leges in the Dominate.



L. Vacca, La giurisprudenza nel sistema delle fonti del diritto romano. Corso di lezioni, 2 ed. riveduta ed ampliata, Torino 2012.

Teaching methods

Lessons will be held through the examination and discussion in the classroom of the Roman legal sources.

The lectures will take place during the second semester.

Assessment methods

The evaluation of the examination will be carried out taking into consideration:

- the knowledge of institutional profiles;

- the ability to analyze the decisions of the courts and the opinions of academic commentators;

- the ability to make connections among the different parts of the program;

- the ability to develop critical arguments;

- the articulation of the exposure;

- the accuracy of the exposure.

Registration for the final exam will have to be done using the Almaesami platform (https://almaesami.unibo.it/almaesami/welcome.htm).

Teaching tools

The teaching materials will be made available through the "Insegnamenti OnLine" platform (https://iol.unibo.it/).

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

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