Scheda programma d'esame
Academic year2020/21
PeriodSemester 1

Obiettivi di apprendimento
Learning outcomes

Il corso viene tenuto in inglese. Per gli argomenti del corso, i libri di testo e le modalità di verifica delle conoscenze si prega di consultare la pagina in inglese.


The course - which is held in ENGLISH only - aims at providing a basic introduction to the main features of the common law tradition in England and the USA. IT will address differences and analogies in legal reasoning and in some of the most relevant constitutional principles and ideas. Main arguments include:  The idea of the constitution in the English and American tradition , the use of precedents; the different sources of law and the methods of legal interpretation in the common law experience.

Assessment criteria of knowledge

Exams are oral. During the exam the student should demonstrate knowledge of the materials which have been discussed and thoroughly analised during the course . At the same time students should demonstrate proper use of legal terminology and the ability to discuss and apply legal precedents and sources of law of the common law.


- Analysis and explanation of comparative law issues;

- Use of legal language and specific language for common law systems;

- Reading and comprehension of American  and English case law 


Assessment criteria of skills

During the course cases and legal scholarship materials will be provided and discussed together with the students. Attendance of the course is therefore highly recommended.



Students should have an at least sufficient knowledge on general comparative law. I reccomend that they have already taken teh exam of SIstemi giuridici comparati. At the same time a good knowledge of the English language is highly reccomended.

Teaching methods

Delivery: face to face


The course aims at giving students a general introduction to the main features of the the common law in the English and american experience. 

It addresses topics which could not be thouroughly discussed and studied within the course of Sistemi giuridici comparati. 


For both attending and not-attending students: 

I recommend the study of the following books:

P. Leyland, The Constitution of the United Kingdom. A contextual analysis, Third Edition, Hart Publishing, 2016 (chapters 1,2,3,4 and 9 )

M. Tushnet, The Constitution of the United States of America. A Contextual Analysis, Hart Publishing, 2009 (chapters 1,  4, 6 and 7)

The books can be bought also on Hart Publishing website and are available both in print and in e-pub. Kindle version is also available on e-commerce platforms. 

Assessment methods

- oral exam

- written presentations

- papers

- oral reports

Updated: 04/09/2020 15:45