Third Sector Law (2016/2017)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Alessandra Cordiano
Alessandra Cordiano
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
1° periodo di lezioni - 2° anno (1A) dal Oct 3, 2016 al Nov 5, 2016.

Lesson timetable

1° periodo di lezioni - 2° anno (1A)
Day Time Type Place Note
Thursday 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall F  
Friday 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall F  

Learning outcomes

This course intends to analyse the role of associations and organisations, part of the so-called “third sector”, in civil operations in the constitutional and civil code framework, including special legislation and prospects for reform.
Students will have the opportunity to analyze one of the specific non-profit area of intervention, in the field of family protection and childcare. This course generally intends to introduce the students in these juridical problems, which they can address in their professional activity: knowledge of administrative jurisdiction, social services administration and public intervention focused on minors’ protection.
This course, in other words, will give students instruments to see how they could insure family and child protection in emergency operations, caused by immigration uncontrolled because of humanities reasons, wars or climatic events. This way, students will be able to understand the juridical context of non-profit operations, their guidelines and limits in order to manager of the principal types of risks.

Lectures regarding basic elements indispensable in terms of giuridical and cultural understanding, complemented by self-assessment tests enabling each students to assess the level of knowledge acquired. Also, several clarifications will be provided on e-learning through scholarly articles and case law. Anyway, students have the possibility to resolve uncertainties during the weekly student meeting according the timetable published in the professor’s webpage.


1) Regulations of juridical persons (corporations sole and unincorporeted associations) and Third sector system
- Study of juridical persons and collective entities: associations, foundations, committees; the setting-up and modification of juridical persons; the liability profiles of the bodies and management.
- No-profit sector: legal framework of the institutional bodies, no-profit associations, foundations and temporary associations, “Onlus” (NGO, voluntary organisation, social cooperatives) and hypotheses for reform them.
- Areas of actions: particular in “private social sector”, family law and childhood protection.

2) Dynamic interplay between private social sector, social service administration and jurisdiction in the field of individual, family and child protection
- The competent supervisory authority: Tribunale civile e penale ordinario; Giudice Tutelare; Tribunale per i minorenni; Procura (prosecutor office).
- Civil action law regarding family and minors law.
- The role of Social services (ordinary and specialist one) in juridical decisions: skills, organization and limits of them. The role of “private social sector”.
- Processual actors: tutore, curatore and minor right of defense. The “Autorità garante dei diritti dei minori”.

3) Public intervention in childhood protection
- Best interest of the child and his fundamental rights.
- Control of parental responsibilities: limiting measures, revocation, juvenile justice (ordinary jurisdictional protection and urgently proceeding, executions). Temporary care and adoption.
- Administrative urgently protection: urgently removal procedure by social services and the role of private social sector. Childcare proceeding carry out by social services.

4) Family law and “migrations pathways”
- International adoption. Solidarity-related childcare. The kafalah.
- The protection of foreign minors, accompanied or unaccompanied: the entrance of the territory, protection measures and residence permit.
- Aspects of international child abduction.

F. RUSCELLO, Istituzioni di diritto privato, Volume primo, Parte prima, Capitolo XIII (pp.227-244);
L. LENTI-J. LONG, Diritto di famiglia e servizi sociali, Giappichelli, 2014, Parte seconda, Capitoli VIII (pp. 121-140), XVII e XXVIII (pp. 277-344);
F. RUSCELLO, Compendio di diritto di famiglia, Amon, 2014, Capitolo VIII e IX (pp. 153-186);
A. CORDIANO, Diritti sociali e diritto privato: il caso dei minori stranieri non accompagnati fra istituti di protezione e complessi intrecci istituzionali, in Minori e immigrazione: quali diritti?, a cura di C. Fratea e I. Quadranti, Esi, Napoli, 2015, pp. 57-87;
A.C. MORO, Manuale di diritto minorile, Zanichelli, 2008, Parte Terza, Capitolo 15, paragrafo 15.5 (pp. 450-455).
Further materials available to students during the course on e-learning.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Francesco Ruscello Compendio di Istituzioni di diritto privato Amon 2018 Capitolo VIII e IX (pp. 153-186)
L. Lenti Diritto di famiglia e servizi sociali Giappichelli 2018 Capitoli VIII (pp. 121-140), XVII e XXVIII (pp. 277-344)
F. RUSCELLO Istituzioni di diritto privato. 1. Le nozioni generali. I soggetti Giuffrè - Milano 2005 Capitolo XIII (pp.227-244)
A. C. Moro Manuale di diritto minorile Zanichelli 2008 Parte Terza, Capitolo 15, paragrafo 15.5 (pp. 450-455)

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral examination

Teaching aids