Economic Law (2017/2018)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Matteo Ortino
Matteo Ortino
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
2° periodo di lezioni - aprile/maggio 2018, 2° periodo di lezioni - febbraio/marzo 2018

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

Why and how economic activities, namely the production and exchange of goods, are regulated? What is the relationship between law and economics? How does the functioning of the economy depend on the law, and how does this affect the functioning of the legal system? What are the rules and legal institutions necessary for the development of market economy, and what are the rules and institutions that instead prevent it? These are some of the basic issues addressed by the course. The aim is to provide students with not only the basics of the discipline, but also to help them develop their critical spirit against one of the most important components of human society, namely the legal organization of economic systems.


Part A
General Topics

1) The functions of the law in the economy: allowing, promoting, correcting and going beyond the market.
2) Multi-level regulation of the economy (international, EU and national law)
3) The law and the globalisation of the economy

Part B
Specific Topics / Case studies

1) Market failures and the public intervention in the economy; the independent Authorities.

2) Creation of a market: the 2006 Services Directives (bolkenstein) and related case law

3) Law and technological innovation: sharing economy (uber, airbnb), robotics, digital money, finTech.

3) Roche/Novartis: restrictive agreement

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
M. Pellegrini (a cura di) Corso di diritto pubblico dell’economia Cedam 2016 Sono scluse le seguenti parti: il Capitolo Terzo della Sezione Prima, l’intera Sezione Terza e l’intera Sezione Quarta.
Maria Lillà Montagnani Internet, contenuti illeciti e responsabilità degli intermediari egea 2018 978-88-238-4598-5

Assessment methods and criteria

TVoluntary written exam for students who have attended. Oral exams for all students.

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