The course is designed to offer a comprehensive introduction to the fundamentals of Italian civil law.
Course contents summary
General introduction: the notions of legal rule and legal system - the sources of law within the Italian legal system.
Natural persons and legal entities – rights and remedies – the enforcement of rights and other protected interests in court – the procedural perspective – limitation of action. Family law.
Topics in the law of property: ownership and possession – basic elements.
Topics in the law of obligations: sources – performance – default – liability – remedies – one-sided actions.
Topics in the law of contracts: enforceability of promises – the notion of agreement – nominate and innominate contracts – requisites of the contract – contract formation: offer and acceptance – pre-contractual duty to inform – contract interpretation (construction) – default rules and mandatory rules – invalidity and nullity.
Topics in the law of torts: the general provision of article 2043 c.c. – strict liability vs. negligence – wrongfulness – causation – compensation – damages.
Topics in the law of corporations.
Time limitation and estoppel.
Registration of legal acts.).
Bessone, Lineamenti di diritto privato, Giappichelli, Torino, most recent edition. Civil codemost recent edition
The course will be based on oral lectures.
Assessment methods and criteria
oral exam. The oral exam may be preceded by a written test, according to modes which will be specified in the bulletin board of the Private Law Section of the Law Department.