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The Department of Law currently operates in the following thematic areas:

Roman law

Historical-legal interpretation of epigraphic sources - The rhetorical matrices of the Institutes of Gaius - The semantic path of the term "person" - Relationships between law and oratory in the Roman world and world at large (coordinator: Gianluca Mainino)

History of Roman jurisprudence: citizenship and legal-political institutions in the Imperial Era (coordinator: Valerio Marotta)

Civil and criminal process - Greco-Roman rhetoric and its persistence in the fundaments of contemporary legal discourse (coordinator: Luigi Pellecchi)

History of Law

History of civil justice from the early Middle Ages to the establishment of seigniorial regimes - History of violence against women in the Middle Ages - Reconstruction of historic foundations of the institutions of commercial law and the reasons for the regulatory choices embodied in the current Civil Code and the bankruptcy law of 1942 - Assets and migration in the nineteenth century (coordinator: Emanuela Fugazza)

Philosophy of law

Theory of the legal system - Philosophy of normative language - Theory of interpretation - Ethics of communication (journalistic deontology, freedom vs. independence) - Ethics of artificial intelligence (coordinator: Stefano Colloca)

Private law

The functions of civil liability and punitive damages - The new Marcian code - Categories of private law and digital innovation (coordinator: Carlotta De Menech)

Pecuniary obligations - Causality in civil law - The injustice of damages (coordinator: Nicola Rizzo)

Assignment of credit - Assignments as security - Private autonomy and succession law (coordinator: Umberto Stefini)

Personal guarantees - Business contracts (coordinator: Giovanni Stella)

Commercial law

Fiduciary duties in the corporate world and related liability for damages - Internal and external controls in audited companies - The sources of banking law (coordinator: Giovanni Petroboni)

Law of intellectual property and competition

Copyright - Trade secrets - Distinctive brands - Protection of information - Intellectual property and artificial intelligence - Intellectual property and financial market information - Antitrust law and intellectual property - Unfair commercial practices (coordinator: Michele Bertani)

Labour law

Collective bargaining – Law on dismissals (coordinator: Marco Ferraresi)

Constitutional law

Electoral law - Voting rights - Fundamental rights - Forms of government (coordinator: Andrea Gratteri)

Sources of law (temporal succession of laws; principles of legal certainty and protection of the citizen's trust) - Constitutional organisation (special magistrates' courts) - Inalienable human rights and fundamental freedoms (position of minors and persons with disabilities) - Freedom of information – Education and the school (coordinator: Giuditta Matucci)

Administrative law

Tax law

International taxation - Constitutional tax law - Corporate taxation - Abuse of the law - History of tax law (coordinator: Silvia Cipollina)

European and international taxation - Tax procedure - Tax abuse and aggressive tax planning (coordinator: Paolo Piantavigna)

Criminal Law

The general theory of crime and punishment (categories of punishability) - International terrorism (crimes of association and cases punishing preparatory conduct) - The criminal protection of animals (coordinator: Fabio Fasani)

General theory of crime - General and special parts of the criminal code - History and comparison of criminal law - Criminal law and information technology (coordinator: Sofia Braschi)

The crime of labour exploitation (Article 603-bis of the Criminal Code) - Profiles of concerted action in crime - Crimes of slander and perjury (coordinator: Sergio Seminara)

Criminal procedure

Principles of fair trial - Fundamental freedoms and evidence (coordinator: Livia Giuliani)

International law

Private international law - Cross-border family relationships (coordinator: Cristina Campiglio)

International private law techniques for the protection of weaker parties – The regulation of optio legis in transnational family relationships in the light of EU regulations - International legal protection of human rights, particularly freedom of expression and information - Legal repression of incitement to hatred in the framework of international obligations - Prohibition of abuse of rights in the argumentative and decisional techniques of the European Court of Human Rights (coordinator: Federica Falconi)

Ecclesiastical and canon law

Religious freedom from historical and legal points of view - History and systems of relations between the state and religious denominations - The international guarantees of the Holy See - The statute of the Vatican City in concordat law - Jurisprudence of ecclesiastical interest of the Court of Cassation – Religious schools and the teaching of religion in state schools - Legal status of the non-baptized and catechists - The munus docendi of the Catholic Church - The role of the episcopal conferences in relations between Church and state - The recent concordat activity of the Holy See – Religious universities in the field of social communications (coordinator: Michele Madonna)

Comparative Law


Law and Economics

Economic analysis of dispute resolution - Errors in dispute resolution (litigation and accuracy in adjudication) - Illegal conduct (criminal behaviour) - The pandemic and domestic violence - Accuracy in judicial and quasi-judicial decisions (coordinator: Margherita Saraceno)