Comparative constitutional traditions (2018/2019)

Course code
4S003636
Name of lecturer
Matteo Nicolini
Coordinator
Matteo Nicolini
Number of ECTS credits allocated
6
Academic sector
IUS/21 - COMPARATIVE PUBLIC LAW
Language of instruction
English
Period
2° semestre (2B) - 1° anno dal Mar 21, 2019 al May 11, 2019.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course focuses on Global-South legal systems, as well as on their interrelations with Euro-Atlantic constitutionalism.
It also course aims to make students capable of assessing the several issues arising in a globalised world, where economic, legal, as well as political factors interact.
Firstly, the course will consider the concept of tradition, which governs constitutional narratives in the different legal systems of the world. Secondly, it will assess how non-Western constitutional narratives resort to Western concepts and institutes in order to confer legitimisation to constitutional and legal changes. Thirdly, the course will examine the relationship between Western law and non-Western legal tradition through the contact lectures will shed light on the non-Western legal tradition by examining the sources of law, the frame of government, and the protection of minorities.

Syllabus

The course will be divided into three parts:
1. Comparative method and constitutional legal studies. The concept of legal tradition. Assessing of the Eurocentric classifications: the legal systems of the world. Legal systems, legal families, ethnocentrism and Euro-Atlantic constitutionalism: mutual interferences and legal borrowings. The functions and forms of the constitutional designs in non-Western legal systems: protecting, overriding and legitimising the legal tradition.
2. Legal change and legal systems: colonisation, numerical comparative law, terrorisms.
2. African Law. Mixed jurisdictions. Islamic Law. Hindu Law. Hebrew Law. Far Eastern legal systems. The Russian area.

Bibliography

Students that will attend the lectures must study:
1) Lecture notes;
2) Mathias Siems, “Numerical Comparative Law: Do We Need Statistical Evidence in Law in Order to Reduce Complexity?,” Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law, 13.2 (2005): 521–540;
3) Mathias Siems, “Maliscious Legal Transplants,” Legal Studies, 2018, 1–17.
4) H. P. Glenn, Legal Traditions of the World, 5th edn, Oxford, O.U.P., 2014 (1 chapter on a specific tradition).

Students that will not attend the lectures must study:
1) Mathias Siems, Comparative Law, 2nd edn Cambridge: C.U.P., 2018, capp. 4, 7, 8, 9
2) one of the following books:
2a) Matteo Nicolini, L’altra Law of the Land. La famiglia giuridica “mista dell’Afrca australe, Bologna, BUP, 2016;
2b) Anna Ciammariconi, Prospettive del costituzionalismo lusofono. Dalle radici comuni al processo di integrazione degli ordinamenti di lingua portoghese, Bologna, BUP, 2018;
2c) Domenico Amirante, Lo Stato multiculturale. Contributo alla Teoria dello Stato dalla prospettiva dell’Unione Indiana, Bologna, BUP, 2014.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Mathias Siems Comparative Law (Edizione 2) Cambridge University Press 2018 per non frequentanti: capp. 4, 7, 8, 9
Matteo Nicolini L'altra Law of the Land. La famiglia giuridica "mista" dell'Africa australe (Edizione 1) Bolonia University Press 2016 in alternativa
Patrick Glenn Legal Traditions of the World (Edizione 5) Oxford UP 2014 Una tradizione a scelta
Domenico Amirante Lo Stato multiculturale. Contributo alla Teoria dello Stato dalla prospettiva dell’Unione Indiana Bologna University Press 2014 in alternativa per studenti non frequentanti
Anna Ciammariconi Prospettive del costituzionalismo lusofono. Dalle radici comuni al processo di integrazione degli ordinamenti di lingua portoghese Bologna University Press 2018 in alternativa per non frequentanti

Assessment methods and criteria

For students not attending the course, there will be an oral examination; for students attending the course, there will be a written test.

ERASMUS students are invited to contact professor Nicolini (matteo.nicolini@univr.it) at the beginning of the course in order to set teaching methods and assessment tests.

Teaching aids

Documents

STUDENT MODULE EVALUATION - 2017/2018