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[1/32]  LEGAL SERVICES [32/00 - Ord. 2017]  PERCORSO COMUNE 6 48


- Knowledge and understanding: The course aims at providing, first and foremost, basic knowledge of the fundamental notions of international law and European Union law. This will be done by paying particular attention to the perspective of the domestic legal operator. Therefore, great importance will be given to the issue of the incorporation of international law and EU law within the Italian legal system.
- Applying knowledge and understanding: the course will endow participants with the ability to: i) understand and interpret legal texts and acts of international (e.g. treaties, resolutions of international organizations, international judgments) and EU law (regulations, directives etc); ii) to analyze and assess political, social and economic phenomena through the prism of the rules of international and EU law; iii) to solve the problems posed by the interaction of these norms with each other and in relation to domestic law.
- Making judgements: the course aims at developing the students' ability to self-orientate in the complex international and EU legal landscape, to identify applicable law and resolve legal problems other than those dealt with during classes.
- Communication skills: Students will acquire the specialized language of international and EU law, which differs in some respects from that of domestic law. At the same time, however, it will bolster the ability to communicate on issues of international and EU law to an audience of non-specialists.
- Learning skills: The course will provide the participants with the competences needed to successfully study specific areas of international law (e.g. international economic law, international human rights law, international humanitarian law) and EU law (competition law, EU private international law, and so on).


- The knowledge of the fundamental notions of Italian constitutional law (with particular regard to the sources of law) is deemed indispensable. Also, it is important to know the history of the XX century (at least in its broad outlines). Finally, knowledge of the English language and an abiding interest in key topical issues may be useful.


International law
- Definition of international law
- The subjects of international law
- The sources of international law
- The incorporation of international law within the Italian legal system
- The breach of international law and its consequences
- The settlement of international disputes
EU law
- The European integration process
- The EU institutions
- The sources of EU law
- The incorporation of EU law within the Italian legal system

Teaching Methods

The course will consist of both academic teachings and workshops.
During the hours of academic teachings, the topics outlined in the Course Programme will be explained to the students, whose active participation will be strongly encouraged. This will be instrumental to endow them with the basics of the subject and the analytical tools necessary for its understanding.
In the Workshops, students will be asked to apply to selected case studies the knowledge acquired during academic teachings. They may have different forms, including: discussion of (international/EU) legal acts, written exercises, roleplaying. The merge of the two teaching methods will combine the acquisition of knowledge with the ability to apply them to concrete cases.
Lessons will be delivered simultaneously both in the classroom and online, thereby establishing a mixed teaching methodology that can be experienced in university classrooms but at the same time also remotely. Each student, at the beginning of the semester, can opt, with a binding choice, for attending the classes physically or virtually. Depending on the availability of the classrooms and the number of students who will opt for physically attending the classes, there may be a rotation for the actual access to the classroom.

Verification of learning

The exam will consist of an oral interview, where students will be asked to expose the contents of the course programme. In this respect, it will be verified whether the student has acquired: knowledge and understanding, the competence to apply such knowledge and understanding to specific cases, the ability of making judgments, as well as communication and learning skills.

A 2 points bonus could be added to the assessment of students who stand out for their ability to expound on the issues dealt with in the Course in a comprehensive and critical manner. In this connection, the quality of the participation to the workshops will be also taken into account.

On the basis of the above-mentioned assessment methods, grading will be expressed as follows:
- from 18/30 to 20/30: the student has a basic knowledge of the programme, without serious conceptual mistakes;
- from 21/30 to 25/30: the student has a good knowledge of the programme, but his/her analytical tools remain quite elementary;
- from 26/30 to 29/20: the student has a good (or more than good) knowledge of the programme, and has acquired likewise good analyitical tools;
- 30/30 (if the case, cum laude): the student is able to sistematize in a logical and coeherent manner the knowledge acquired during the Course, to apply critically the learned legal framework to specific cases and to master the legal lexicon.


6 CFU Program

F.M. Palombino, Introduzione al diritto internazionale, Laterza, last ed. (International Law)
G. Gaja, A. Adinolfi, Introduzione al diritto dell'Unione europea, Laterza, last ed. (EU Law)


B. Conforti, M. Iovane, Diritto internazionale, Editoriale Scientifica, XII ed., 2021 (except for Part Two)

9 CFU Program

F.M. Palombino, Introduzione al diritto internazionale, Laterza, last ed. (International Law)
G. Gaja, A. Adinolfi, Introduzione al diritto dell'Unione europea, Laterza, last ed. (EU Law)


B. Conforti, M. Iovane, Diritto internazionale, Editoriale Scientifica, XII ed., 2021

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