Public Comparative Law
Scientific Disciplinary Sector (SSD)
IUS/21 - COMPARATIVE PUBLIC LAW
2° periodo lezioni (2A), 2° periodo lezioni (2B)
The course provides the skills for a critical understanding of public and constitutional law by looking at legal phenomena though comparison of rules (‘law in the books’) and practical functioning (‘law in action’) of institutional systems. Comparison helps in particular to understand where rules come from, their meaning, their recurrence, their interrelations and how they operate. Through the comparative method, the course looks at the main elements of constitutional law, including the structure and functioning of constitutional systems, the systems of government and judicial review of legislation.
The course teaches how to identify and to analyse legal problems, how to solve them, how to grasp the essence of the rules through critical thinking and how to develop a legal argument, especially in public law. These skills are required in further legal education and in every legal profession.
The approach and the syllabus are different for students attending classes and those not attending. Students attending classes (ie those attending at least 2/3 of the classes) are supposed to learn primarily by actively following classes as well as the supporting lessons offered in addition to regular teaching. They will study primarily on the notes taken in the classroom and on the learning material provided by the teacher.
Students not attending classes will study on the textbooks:
L. Pegoraro, A. Rinella, Sistemi costituzionali comparati, Giappichelli 2017
Teaching will be problem-oriented: what are the problems, why do they emerge, what legal tools have been developed to solve them and how are these tools applied in practice? This approach aims at training students to identify the key questions and to elaborate their critical analysis of the available solutions.
Teaching is predominantly based on lectures (supported with slides). Trainings, role games and a final evaluation are also provided.
Students not attending classes are invited to prepare the exam on the textbook rather than on notes and reading material provided in class, as the methodology is substantially different.
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The examination is oral.
Students who attended classes are offered the opportunity, on a voluntary base, to take a written test at the end of the course, or to write an essay (max 3000 words). The test or the essay account for 50% of the final grade. As they are voluntary, students who do not avail themselves of this opportunity simply take the final oral exam which will make up the whole final grade.
The examination tests the following:
a) the knowledge acquired during the course and the student's ability to use such knowledge to correctly frame and to solve legal issues;
b) the ability to develop a legal argument, including with appropriate legal language and terminology;
c) the capacity to connect and systematically apply the knowledge;
d) analytical and argumentative skills
The mere repetition of the textbook is not enough to pass the exam. Rather, critical thinking and analysis are encouraged.
ERASMUS students are invited to contact professor Palermo (email@example.com) at the beginning of the course in order to discuss teaching methods and assessment tests.
Students interested in writing the graduation paper in this field are encouraged to propose a topic, which will then be discussed and fine-tuned with the supervisor.