History of Modern and Contemporary Law (2020/2021)

Course code
4S01082
Name of lecturer
Cecilia Pedrazza Gorlero
Coordinator
Cecilia Pedrazza Gorlero
Number of ECTS credits allocated
6
Academic sector
IUS/19 - HISTORY OF MEDIEVAL AND MODERN LAW
Language of instruction
Italian
Location
VERONA
Period
1° periodo di lezioni dal Sep 28, 2020 al Dec 14, 2020.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course examines the sources of law in Modern and Contemporary Ages, in the wider area of political and institutional european history. The course follows the gradual formation of the contemporary law experience, starting from the Enlightenment to the advent of the nineteenth-century codes and the formation of the European legal culture in the early twentieth century. The course aims at providing the necessary instruments to understand the essential historical law perspective, through the comparison between ancient techniques and disciplines, and contemporary values and principles. At the end of the course, students should be able to understand the evolution of European Legal History and the deep influence of legal history on the contemporary legal experience, and to formulate judgments using appropriate terminology.

Syllabus

SYLLABUS

PART I – Modern legal experience: themes and problems

Introductory notions: modern legal experience; jurisdiction and judicial systems in the Ancien Régime; legal absolutism; law of the sovereign and arbitrium iudicis; the criminal law between ius commune and the modern era; the legal Enlightenment and the penal problem; the criminal reform of Cesare Beccaria; French Revolution.

PART II – The age of legal codification

Introductory notions: consolidations and codifications; codification in Europe; the Napoleonic codification; codification and interpretation; the codification controversy; the theme/problem of law decoding.

TEACHING METHODOLOGY

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.

CONTENTS OF THE COURSE:
- Justice and Law in the Modern Age;
- Absolutism;
- Law and interpretation;
- Legal Enlightenment;
- The criminal law reform of Cesare Beccaria;
- The eighteenth-century consolidations;
- French Revolution;
- The age of codifications;
- The Code civil of 1804;
- Codification and interpretation;
- The codification controversy: Thibaut vs Savigny;
- The theme / problem of decoding;
- Legal modernism and pos-modernity.

TEXTBOOKS

- Attending students

Notes from lessons, materials provided to the students by the teacher and available in the e-learning platform and the following textbook:

- A. PADOA SCHIOPPA, Storia del diritto in Europa. Dal medioevo all'età contemporanea, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2016 (II ed.), pp. 393-650.

- Non-attending students

Both of the following textbooks:

- A. PADOA SCHIOPPA, Storia del diritto in Europa. Dal medioevo all'età contemporanea, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2016 (II ed.), pp. 393-650.

- G. ROSSI - F. ZANUSO (a cura di), Attualità e storicità del "Dei delitti e delle pene" a 250 anni dalla pubblicazione, Napoli, ESI, 2015 (limitatamente ai saggi di G. Rossi, P. Alvazzi del Frate e C. Pedrazza Gorlero).

Teaching is delivered remotely (Panopto and Zoom platforms).
The teaching material and the recordings of the lessons are available in the course moodle.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Rossi, Giovanni - Zanuso, Francesca (a cura di) Attualità e storicità del "Dei delitti e delle pene" a 250 anni dalla pubblicazione ESI 2015 8849530188
Padoa Schioppa, Antonio Storia del diritto in Europa. Dal medioevo all'età contemporanea (Edizione 2) Il Mulino 2016 9788815265234

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral and remote exam. Marks are expressed in thirtieths.

Attending students must demonstrate that they have achieved sufficient knowledge on the main topics of the course.

Non-attending students must demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the textbooks.

ERASMUS students are requested to contact the teacher at the beginning of the course in order to properly plan their study. The exam is held in Italian.