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PHILOSOPHY OF LAW

CODE 64896
ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020
CREDITS 9 credits during the 1st year of 7995 LAW (LMG/01) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR IUS/20
LANGUAGE Italian
TEACHING LOCATION GENOVA (LAW)
SEMESTER 2° Semester
SECTIONING This unit is divided into 3 sections:
TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

OVERVIEW

The course has two fundamental goals. On the one hand, it provides the student with analytic skills for the adequate understanding and use of key legal concepts. On the other hand, it aims to introduce the student to the debate on how the law functions and in which ways it can conflict with moral requirements. In any case, the students will be required to develop rational argumentation in order to identify the pros and cons of the different theories that will be analyzed.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

From XIX century legislative state to XX constitutional democratic state. Formalism and anti-formalism. Legal Positivism and Natural Law theory. Analysis of normative language. Analysis of basic legal concepts (“law”, “right”, “legal system”, “legal norm”, “legal sanction”). Models and forms of legal reasoning. Legal interpretation. Relations between positive law and morals

TEACHING METHODS

Lectures

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

First part: The relation between law and morality – Different conceptions of the law and legal norms – Cases of conflict between law and morality.

Second part: Legal concepts. Different kinds of legal norms. The legal system. The concept of validity, efficacy and applicability of norms. Consistency, coherence and legal gaps. Interpretation and application of legal norms: logic, semantic and axiological problems. Legal reasoning. The justification of the judicial decisions.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Regular Students that attend the course:
1 D. Canale, Conflitti pratici. Quando il diritto diventa immorale, Laterza, Roma-Bari 2017 (pp.180)

2- M. Barberis, Introduzione allo studio del diritto, Giappichelli, Torino, 2014, cap. III, IV e V. (pp. 138)


Students that do not attend the course:
1- C. S. Nino, Introduzione all’analisi del diritto, Giappichelli, Torino, 1996 (398 pp).

2- G. Pino, A. Schiavello, V. Villa (eds.), Filosofia del diritto. Introduzione critica al pensiero giuridico e al diritto positivo, Giappichelli, Torino, 2013 (Part III, chap. 3 and 5; Part IV, chap. 1, 3 and 4. Total: .131pp.)

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

MARIA CRISTINA REDONDO NATELLA (President)

ALEJANDRO CALZETTA

PIERLUIGI CHIASSONI

PAOLO COMANDUCCI

ISABEL FANLO CORTES

MIGUEL FERNANDEZ NUNEZ

LUCA MALAGOLI

EDWIN MAURICIO MALDONADO MUNOZ

REALINO MARRA

LUIS FERNANDO MATRICARDI RODRIGUES

ALESSANDRO ATTILIO NEGRONI

NATHALIE PARIS

JULIETA AGUSTINA RABANOS

GIOVANNI BATTISTA RATTI

NATALIA SCAVUZZO

LAURA SCUDIERI

LESSONS

TEACHING METHODS

Lectures

LESSONS START

I semester from September 16th to December 6th 2019 (12 weeks)
II semester from February 17th to May 9th 2020 (12 weeks)

Class schedule

PHILOSOPHY OF LAW C

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

Students who attend the course: written and oral exam.

Students who do not attend the course: oral exam.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

The students who attend the course will have an exam divided into two parts. In the first one – which will be written - the student will answer to six brief questions regarding those subjects that have been explained during the lessons and the contents of the recommended bibliography. Those who succeed in the first part of the exam will continue with the second, oral part of it. In this moment the student will be expected to offer a deeper account of the responses provided in the first part and to answer other new questions related to the program.

The evaluation will take into account the capacity to understand the problems discussed during the course and the ability to analyse the argument for and against the different philosophical thesis.

The students who do not attend the course will have only an oral exam. Also in this case the evaluation will take into account if the students have acquired the relevant concepts and those analytical capacities necessary to approach the central debates of the Philosophy of Law.

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
15/01/2020 10:00 GENOVA Orale
05/02/2020 10:00 GENOVA Orale
12/05/2020 10:00 GENOVA Orale
27/05/2020 10:00 GENOVA Orale
09/06/2020 10:00 GENOVA Orale
01/07/2020 10:00 GENOVA Orale
11/09/2020 10:00 GENOVA Orale