03639 - Regional Law

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Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

The student will acquire a solid knowledge of the founding principles of the Italian Regional law through a deeper understanding of sources of law, the regional form of state and government. On the basis of the given criteria the student will be able to distinguish regional form of state from federal, confederate or unitary experiences, also referring to historical and comparative data.

Moreover, the student will obtain the ability to comprehend normative texts, including the Constitution, and primary and secondary sources of law.

At the end of the Course the student will be able to develop in an autonomous way research aimed at finding and application of regional law and case law.

Course contents

The course will address the study of Italian regional and local legal system through the knowledge of the structure and functions of Italian territorial authorities, in the perspective of the constitutional model and its changes introduced with constitutional statutes n. 1/1999, n. 2/2001, n. 3/2001.


For NON-ATTENDING students the texts to be studied are:


- ONE of the following texts

R.Bin - G. Falcon, Diritto regionale, il Mulino, 2018


T. Martines, A. Morelli, A. Ruggeri, Lineamenti diritto regionale, Giuffrè 2022


A. D'atena, Diritto Regionale, Giappichelli, 2022


AND ONE of the following texts

- L. Vandelli, Il sistema delle autonomie locali, ottava ed, a cura di C. Tubertini, il Mulino, 2021 (from pp. 77 to pp. 233)

-M.Belletti, F.Mastragostino, L. Mezzetti, Lineamenti di diritto costituzionale della Regione Emilia Romagna, Giappichelli, 2017 --> 3 chapters

For the ATTENDING students the program of the exam will be reduced and will be specified during the first lesson.

We recommend the consultation of FRANCESCO CLEMENTI, LORENZO CUOCOLO, FRANCESCA ROSA, GIULIO ENEA VIGEVANI (edited by) "La Costituzione italiana Commento articolo per articolo" - Vol.II - il Mulino, 2018: with reference only to Titolo V Le Regioni, le Province i Comuni;

or L.Mezzetti, Codice di diritto pubblico, 2022

To read parliamentary works of the Italian Constitutional Assembly refer to: Lavori dell'Assemblea costituente - Motore di ricerca [http://legislature.camera.it/altre_sezionism/304/8964/documentotesto.asp] .

In order to prepare the exams is important to refer to the main decisions taken by the Italian Constitutional Court, discussed during lectures:
1. www.cortecostituzionale.it

2. www.giurcost.it

Please refer also to the data base:


The documents required for group work will be made available on virtuale.unibo.it

Teaching methods

The course will take place partly according to the model of the classical lesson and partly in seminar form, with the active participation of the students.
During the course, in fact, the oral lesson will be integrated with the constant use of schemes and projection of slides to help understanding and will also provide some lessons in which students will be involved in the analysis of some leading cases of the Constitutional Court and in the analysis of relevant issues still pending.

The lessons will be held in the second semester so the exam can be supported starting from May 2023.
Furthermore, it should be remembered that the examination of profit can be sustained only after passing the exam of Constitutional Law.

Attendance at lessons is regulated according to the rules approved by the School of Law. However, the presence of students wishing to take the exam with the program for attending students will be documented by the Professor.

Assessment methods

In parallel with the lectures, in order to facilitate students and prepare them for the activity required in any future competitive examinations, one or more written exercises will be organised. Students will have to answer one or more questions by drafting a written text following the instructions given (within the time limits and to the extent indicated). Finally, students will be able to check the correctness of their work as the lecturer will describe the optimal content of the written answer, leaving space for students to ask questions, elaborate, and request verification of any errors made.

The exam consists of an oral interview. The final grade will also be based on the active participation during lectures.

The purpose of the oral exam is to verify the student's ability to apply his or her knowledge and to make the necessary logical-deductive connections.

The final grade will be determined taking into account the following elements:

- Preparation on a very limited number of topics covered in the course and analytical skills that emerge only with the help of the teacher, expressed in an overall correct language → 18-19;

- Preparation on a limited number of topics covered in the course and ability to autonomous analysis only on purely executive matters, expression in correct language → 20-24;

- Preparation on a large number of topics covered in the course, ability to make autonomous choices of critical analysis, mastery of specific terminology → 25-29;

- Substantially exhaustive preparation on the topics addressed in the course, ability to make autonomous choices of critical analysis and connection, full mastery of specific terminology and ability to argue and self-reflection → 30-30L.


For attending students, the final grade will take into account active participation in the classroom and presentation of group work, as indicated on the first day of class.

Teaching tools

During the lessons some slides will be provided to the students, such as the case law that will be analyzed.

Supplementary material will be constantly made available to students through the web-page of the course.


Students who, for reasons dependent on disabilities or specific learning disorders (DSA), need compensatory tools may inform the teacher of their needs so that they can be referred to the competent persons and agree on the adoption of the most appropriate measures.

Office hours

See the website of Caterina Drigo

See the website of Anna Camilla Visconti