Comparative Private Law
Scientific Disciplinary Sector (SSD)
IUS/02 - COMPARATIVE PRIVATE LAW
2° periodo lezioni (2A), 2° periodo lezioni (2B)
This course provides students with an introduction to comparative methodologies in the study of law, focusing on the distinction between the civil law and the common law legal tradition and on the process of unification of private law. Moreover, through the study of specific issues relevant to private business relationships (property, contract, torts, IP), it provides students with a comparative analysis of legal solutions found in different legal systems and in supranational uniform law instruments.
Upon completion of the course, students shall have acquired the ability to identify and analyze problems common to several national and transnational legal systems, to identify the different legal solutions available and measure similarities, differences and effectiveness, through critical thinking and personal analysis. Moreover, they shall have developed the abilities to arrange for solutions and use legal arguments, as required in subsequent years of study and in the exercise of professional activities related to the topics covered by the course.
The expected learning outcomes for this course are:
1. Using comparative methodologies in the analysis of private law matters so as to measure similarities and differences between the main legal systems;
2. Identifying the law applicable to a transnational private relationship, by selecting between national and supranational legal sources;
3. Arranging the national solutions adopted as regards the law of property, contract and torts in accordance to the different models that characterize different legal traditions;
4. Acquiring the basic legal tool necessary to practice the legal profession in a transnational context.
5. Utilizing the freedom granted to party autonomy in order to efficiently select the law applicable to a given relationship on the basis of a comparative analysis of the solutions adopted in different legal systems;
6. Transposing legal concepts from one legal system to another with an emphasis on the conceptual differences in legal notions that appear to be similar;
7. Predicting and guiding the process of identification, interpretation and application of foreign law before national courts.
With the view to pursuing the said learning outcomes, the course will cover the following topics:
- Object and methodology of comparative law;
- The Western legal tradition and the distinction between civil law and common law;
- National law, conflict of laws, and unification of law;
- Comparative contract law: formation and fairness of the contract;
- Comparative contract law: performance, non-performance, and supervening events;
- Comparative law of torts: liability for fault;
- Comparative law of torts: strict liability;
- Comparative law of property;
- Comparative IP law.
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The final exam, consisting of an oral discussion, aims at verifying the level of achievement of the learning objectives previously identified.