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Subject: PRIVATE LAW (A.A. 2020/2021)

single-cycle master degrees (5 years) in LAW

Course year 1
CFU 12
Teaching units Unit Private Law
Private Law (lesson)
  • TAF: Basic compulsory subjects SSD: IUS/01 CFU: 12
Teachers: Federica TINTI
Exam type oral
Evaluation final vote
Teaching language ENGLISH
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Federica TINTI


At the end of the course, the student will achieve a method to research, understand and deeply analize private law. The student will also become able to deal with cases and decisions of the courts, becoming familiar with specialist articles.

Admission requirements

The course is taught in English. A basic knowledge of the language is sufficient to attend the course.

Course contents

The program covers all matters covered by the Civil Code and the main complementary laws. Essential tool to follow the course and prepare for the exam is the Civil Code, which the student should purchase in an edition updated with all recent legislative innovations and key judgments of the Constitutional Court.

Teaching methods

Lectures, study of cases and tutorials. The teaching method involves the use of multimedia technology, in order to increase the level of attention and implement student's learning ability. The course is offered on line due to the COVID19 health emergency

Assessment methods

Final oral exam and periodic testing of the student's learning level, also through the study of cases and an intermediate test. The final oral exam consists in a conversation during about 30 minutes, structured in at least three questions. The learning evaluation criteria are: the knowledge acquired, the use of a specific technical language and the ability to relate the different topics. The lack of knowledge regarding a subject considered essential by the Commission could lead, in itself, the failure to pass the exam. The exam could be carried out in presence or remotely, depending on the evolution of the COVID19 emergency.

Learning outcomes

The teaching method is designed to make the student achieve:
1. Knowledge and understanding. Attending the lectures, students acquire the knowledge of the essential topics, the correct methodology of study and the main doctrinal and jurisprudential guidelines.
2. Ability to apply the knowledge gained, even to actual cases.
During the course, students acquire the ability to use the sources of law and understand how to connect the single institutions.
3. Autonomy of assessment.
Through the acquired knowledge, students can autonomously understand and critically evaluate the main cases and the guidelines of the doctrine.
4. Ability to communicate, through regular test of the level of learning.
Through critical discussion of the main institutions, students acquire new technical and linguistic skills and increase the skills necessary to hold a legal discussion.
5. Learning skills and critical analysis, even through classroom exercises.
Thanks to a teaching method that emphasizes the interdisciplinary approach and to the direct and active involvement of the students, students acquire a critical method of learning and a greater ability to make connections, developing familiarity with issues of technical and legal content.


G. IUDICA, P. ZATTI, Language and rules of italian private law. An introduction, edited by A.P. Scarso, Cedam, latest edition.

Oltre alla preparazione del manuale, ai soli studenti non frequentanti è inoltre richiesto lo studio di
M.S. CENINI, R.E. CERCHIA, Cases and materials on Italian Private Law, Milano, 2016, limitatamente ai seguenti capitoli:
- Chapter II, Persons and Family Law;
- Chapter III, Succession upon death;
- Chapter VI, Specific contracts;
- Chapter VII, Non-contractual Liability.