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Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)
[1/31]  LAW [31/00 - Ord. 2017]  PERCORSO COMUNE 9 72


The essential educational aim of the course is to provide students with knowledge of the institutions forming the entire Roman private law system, from its origins to Justinian law.
Knowledge and understanding: the approach taken by the course aims to outline the historical formation of the institutions.
Applying knowledge and understanding: by acquiring knowledge of the institutions of Roman private law, in its overall historical context, the students learn to independently identify the dogma implemented by Roman lawyers, within the limits of a basic course.
Making judgements: although the indications provided regarding the direction taken by contemporary Roman theory are only basic, they enable students to appreciate the cultural heritage.
Communication skills: the course aims to educate students also from the viewpoint of a correct approach to legal technical language elaborated by the Roman jurists, still used today.
Learning skills: teaching aims to provide students with the basic elements they need to make more detailed study – including during their degree thesis – of Roman law disciplines.


There are no particular requirements, as this is a basic course. Traditionally, the Istituzioni di diritto romano are taught along with the course Storia del diritto romano, which students are advised to attend.


The lessons and the exam will focus on the entire Roman private law system, i.e. sources of the law, law of persons, law of things, law of succession, law of obligations, law of procedure, from its origins to the Justinian law.

Teaching Methods

The Teaching Method will involve 72 hours of classroom lessons.
The teaching will be delivered simultaneously both in presence and online, thus outlining a mixed teaching that can be enjoyed in university classrooms but also at a distance. At the beginning of the semester, each student can opt, with a binding choice, for face-to-face or distance teaching. Depending on the availability of the classrooms and the number of students who will opt for the attendance mode, there may be a shift for actual classroom access.

Verification of learning

The method of assessment designed to verify the learning outcomes is regulated by Article 22 of the University Teaching Regulations.
This is only performed orally and will focus on the entire Roman private law system, from its origins to the Justinian law, from its origins to the Justinian law (with only the book of G. Pugliese - F. Sitzia - L. Vacca, Istituzioni di diritto romano, con la collaborazione di R. Fercia, L. Peppe, G. Rossetti, M.V. Sanna e M.U. Sperandio, Giappichelli, Torino, 2012).
There are no intermediate tests and the mark is expressed in thirtieths. The examiner can take into account the individual commitment of the single student, considering their attendance record and active participation in the teaching activities.
Those eligible for the “Tessera Baby” (card offering benefits to pregnant students and students with young children) are invited to advise their lecturer of any specific requirements they may have in real time, in order to plan the relative methods of organisation. They will in any case be guaranteed priority, as will students with disabilities, on the date and at the time of the call.
Any post-calls will not only depend on the availability of the lecturer, but also on that of the other members of the board and will therefore be notified after the closing date for registration for the exam, only by way of the online services. Students are therefore kindly requested to refrain from sending the lecturers any request of this kind by email, or other emails containing requests for information that has already been clearly indicated in this web page. Students who have already registered for the exam and who intend to sit the test in a post-call, can turn up in person on the date of the postponement.
The marking criteria will be as follows:
1) failure to pass the test: insufficient ability to perform analyses and back up responses and serious shortcomings when required to critically examine the problems underlying the institutes and issues on which the course is based;
2) from 18 to 21: sufficient or barely more than sufficient level of preparation; minimum knowledge of the issues studied; presence of moderately serious shortcomings;
3) from 22 to 24: average level of preparation characterised by a level of study that is not particularly in-depth and by shortcomings that can be resolved by continuing the course in the subjects which study Ancient Rome;
4) from 25 to 27: and overall good level of preparation even if not particularly in-depth; use of adequate technical language;
5) from 28 to 30: extremely good or excellent level of preparation; excellent use of technical language and accurate, timely method of expression;
6) 30 cum laude: should the characteristics of excellence indicated in point 5) emerge at the maximum level, the board also assigns the cum laude or distinction mark.


Attending the lessons is strongly recommended. For this purpose, students are advised to consult the following book for reference purposes: D. MANTOVANI, Le formule del processo privato romano. Per la didattica delle Istituzioni di diritto romano, second edition, Padova, 1999.
As well as studying the lecture notes, students must also study an institutional manual.
We recommend the book by G. Pugliese - F. Sitzia - L. Vacca, Istituzioni di diritto romano, con la collaborazione di R. Fercia, L. Peppe, G. Rossetti, M.V. Sanna e M.U. Sperandio, Giappichelli, Torino, 2012.

More Information

The lecturer’s communications to students will be published at page
The exam cannot be sat by way of preliminary tests or in separate parts.
To further implement remote teaching, a Laboratory accessible from this link is active on the «Moodle» teaching platform of the University of Cagliari: On this «Moodle» page, the teaching materials re-served for them will be made available to them, useful for conducting the course and preparing the exam. Students are invited to access the Didactic Laboratory with the credentials assigned by the Univer-sity (at this link, among other information, you can also find the «Moodle» guide for students: and to register with the Laboratory itself also in order to receive notifications of the relative announcements from the teacher.

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