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Subject: PUBLIC LAW (A.A. 2023/2024)

degree course in ECONOMICS AND FINANCE

Course year 1
Teaching units Unit Diritto pubblico
Law (lesson)
  • TAF: Compulsory subjects, characteristic of the class SSD: IUS/09 CFU: 6
Teachers: Roberto PINARDI, Noemi MINISCALCO, Salvatore ALOISIO
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Exam type written
Evaluation final vote
Teaching language Italiano
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Salvatore ALOISIO


The course aims at providing students with basic knowledge of public law. It is necessary to study different legal matters which will be taught in the following years and useful to any others extra-juridical matter which is implicitly or explicitly linked to these notions (e.g. understanding the difference between a number of Italian and European law sources and their legal effectiveness).

Admission requirements

Not required.

Course contents

The State. The forms of the State and government (1 CFU)
Elements of general theory of law. The sources of the Italian legal system (2 CFU)
Constitutional bodies (the Parliament; the Government; the President of the Republic; the Constitutional Court)(2CFU) Judiciary. Rights and freedoms (1 CFU)

Teaching methods

The course will consist of 48 hours of lectures, in Italian language and in presence, during which the students are gradually invited to exchange opinions with the lecturer in relation to the legally relevant problems emerged in course of constitutional practice. In order to favour learning in real time, the arguments examined during the lecture will be systematically summarised during the first part of the following lecture. Lessons will be registered and make available to students at the end of the course

Assessment methods

The first examination session after the conclusion of the course will be held in written form. The assessment, lasting approximately one hour, will include a test with multiple answers (maximum score: 15/30) and three open questions (maximum score: 17/30). Other examination sessions, carried out during the year, will consist in oral examination by the lecturer. In both cases, besides the questions aimed to verify the knowledge of all of the main parts of the programme, one will concern the analysis of the events or specific notions from legal or constitutional practice and taken from R. PINARDI, Elementi di diritto pubblico, Giappichelli, Torino, settima edizione 2023

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and Comprehension
By means of the active participation at the lectures and study of the recommended materials the student should get insight into the analysis of legal phenomenon with particular – even if not exclusive – regard to the general profiles of public law. More in particular the student should acquire the ability to understand the constitutional organization of the State and to know the specificity of the system of the sources of law characterizing Italian legal system.

Ability in the application of knowledge and comprehension
By means of the application of the acquired knowledge, the student should be able to understand the meaning of the constitutional norm and use essential technical language of public law. Moreover he should acquire sufficient knowledge in relation to the instruments enabling him to decide which one between the two opposing legal sources should be applied.

Judgement autonomy
The course enables student to acquire a number of basic notions and information in order to put forward personal motivated judgements regarding the development of the Italian institutional arrangements and the constitutional correctness of their leading actors as well as validity and reliability of the information and judgements appearing, in this matter, in the mass media.

Communication skills
The student should acquire essential communication skills in relation to the notions of public law, he should be able to use in a correct way the fundamental notions of the matter and to construct legal arguments.

Learning skills
The course should enable the student to acquire basic abilities to understand legal, normative and jurisprudential texts and to apply the acquired knowledge in order to be able to the autonomous continuous learning.


Tra i numerosi manuali di Diritto pubblico, a supporto della preparazione, si consiglia:
G. U. RESCIGNO, Corso di diritto pubblico, Zanichelli, Bologna, ultima edizione disponibile, limitatamente ai capitoli 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11 (esclusi i paragrafi 2 e 3), 12, 13, 14, 15 e 18 (paragrafi da 1 a 8 e 16-17). Gli studenti potranno, peraltro, previo accordo con il docente, utilizzare altri testi aggiornati per la preparazione dell’esame.

Materiale didattico integrativo obbligatorio per i frequentanti
R. PINARDI, Elementi di diritto pubblico, Giappichelli, Torino, settima edizione 2023.