Regional and Local Body Law (2020/2021)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Jacopo Bercelli
Jacopo Bercelli
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
2° periodo di lezioni - febbraio/marzo 2021 dal Feb 15, 2021 al Mar 29, 2021.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

This course concerns the organisation and functioning of local government bodies in the light of the principle of autonomy laid down by Article 5 of the Constitution.
Adopting a problem-solving approach, the course will seek to present the fundamental notions and the methodology for understanding the significance of regional and local autonomy, interpreting the applicable legislation and appreciating evolutionary trends


Introduction: Article 5 of the Constitution: the tension between local government autonomy and the unity of the Republic

Regional law
 Sources
 The system of government, with particular reference to the organisation of the regions
 Administrative autonomy
 Financial autonomy
 Interface between the state and the regions

Local authority law
 Sources
 The organisation of the municipalities: bodies legitimised by election and bodies legitimised by bureaucratic structure
 The functions of the municipalities
 Bodies from the so-called area vasta [supra-municipal and sub-regional level]: organisation and functions
 The system of controls over acts and activities.
public utilities

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
E. Carloni, F. Cortese Diritto delle autonomie territoriali Wolters Kluwer 2020

Assessment methods and criteria

The examination will involve an oral discussion aimed at verifying knowledge of the fundamental notions in this area as well as the ability to deploy systematically the knowledge obtained and to discuss legal issues relating to regional and local autonomy.