Elements of legal history in the contemporary age (2014/2015)

Course partially running (all years except the first)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Giovanni Rossi
Giovanni Rossi
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
2° Periodo di lezioni - aprile/maggio 2015, 2° Periodo di lezioni - febbraio/marzo 2015

Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

The course focuses, within an institutional perspective, on the history of law in the Contemporary Age - from the years following the Old Regime, to the late eighteenth century and up to the twentieth century. With reference to the legal field and sources, this period is marked by a profound renewal, encouraged by the French Revolution, with the advent of modern codes and with the rising of the liberal state. The course will also outline the evolution of the judiciary from the late eighteenth century to the twentieth century, highlighting the "transition" characterization of the twentieth century, towards a new legal postmodern order. The goal is to provide the necessary tools to understand the essential historical dimension of the law, through the comparison of positive technical knowledge with the one arising by the legal phenomenon that emerged in the recent past.


- the political and philosophical attack on Ancien Régime and the crisis of the old legal system;
- Justice and Law between the Middle Ages and the Modern Age;
- eighteenth century consolidations and modern codifications;
- evolution of the modern concept of code;
- the French Civil Code of 1804 and the Austrian Civil Code of 1811;
- charters of rights and freedoms;
- modern constitutionalism ;
- constitutional experiences in Italy and Germany during the XXth century;
- the German Pandectists in the 19th century and the role of Roman Law;
- the birth and the development of the labour law;
- the social legislation between industrial revolution and fascism;
- the totalitarian legislation of fascism;

Lectures on the main topics of the subject matter to be integrated with the materials provided to the students by the teacher and available in the e-learning platform.

- Attending students
Notes from lessons and the following textbook:
- P. GROSSI, Mitologie giuridiche della modernità, Milano, Giuffrè, 2007 (III ed.).

- Non-attending students
Both of the following textbooks:
- P. GROSSI, Mitologie giuridiche della modernità, Milano, Giuffrè, 2007 (III ed.).
- P. GROSSI, Introduzione al Novecento giuridico, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2011.
- P. ALVAZZI DEL FRATE, Giustizia e garanzie giurisdizionali. Appunti di storia degli ordinamenti giudiziari, Torino, Giappichelli, 2011.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
P. Alvazzi Del Frate Giustizia e garanzie giurisdizionali. Appunti di storia degli ordinamenti giudiziari Giappichelli 2011
P. Grossi Introduzione al Novecento giuridico Laterza 2011
P. Grossi Mitologie giuridiche della modernità (Edizione 3) Giuffrè 2007

Assessment methods and criteria

Written examination and oral exam. Students who successfully pass the written exam must take the oral exam. Marks are expressed in thirtieths

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