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

Quality education Gender equality Responsible consumption and production Climate Action

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The course aims at providing the student with a general knowledge of basic principles and concepts of Italian property law, contract law and tort law. At the end of the course the student is expected: - to become familiar with the legal notions of property rights, contractual rights and obligations, the applicable remedies in case of violation of property and contractual rights, as well as the nature and legal consequences of human and entrepreneurial activities. - to understand the importance of protecting and enforcing legal rights and obligations for a fair, cooperative and efficient functioning of our societies. [Public Law and Private Law will be taught in close integration]

Course contents

  • Private law and its sources
  • Personal rights
  • -- Data protection
  • Property and Commons
  • Contract law
  • -- principle of freedom of contract VS non discrimination principle
  • -- consumer law
  • Tort
  • -- civil law and common law
  • -- focus: pollution and compensation


Bibliography indicated during classes

Legislative peaces and Court decisions indicated during class

Teaching methods

Traditional classes. Attendance to class is advised, but not compulsory and subject to the pandemic situation. In any case, the lessons will be also carried out online

Assessment methods

The profit test is carried out in oral form.

The interview will focus on at least three of the topics indicated in the "Program and contents" section.

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

- Knowledge of the regulatory texts;

- The ability to analyze judgments and to develop critical arguments;

- The ability to make connections between the different parts of the program;

- The accuracy of the exposure.

The aim of the exam is to verify the knowledge of the most important private law issues.

The final evaluation will be graded considering the following criteria:

Basic preparation on most of the topics of the exam program, but with limited analytical skills, such as to require the explanatory intervention of the teacher; correct language, but without technicality: 18-20;
preparation on the whole exam program, with autonomous analytical skills, even if not in depth, ccorrect language, including the most important technicalities: 21-24;

preparation on the whole exam program, with autonomous analytical skills, correct and sufficiently/good technical language: 25-29;
preparation on the whole exam program, with independent and in-depth analytical skills, excellent mastery of language of technical language: 30-30L

Teaching tools

Slides will be used during the course to help students follow the teacher’s explanation.

Students which need compensatory tools for reasons of disability or Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) will communicate to the teacher their needs in order to adopt the most appropriate measures.

Office hours

See the website of Alessandra Spangaro