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CODE 105033
SEMESTER 2° Semester


The lectures deal with rules and procedures about emergency management by Public Administration, as well as with best performing models of organization, procedures and good practices for an effective emergency management



The course aims: to provide students with the knowledge of the legal and procedural mechanisms that regulate and guide the management of emergency situations by the Government and public administration of both State and local authorities; to analyze the instruments concretely used by the administrations in such situations; to highlight the limits and criticalities of the existing regulatory and operational tools. All in the perspective of offering students the critical tools to identify, also through comparative references, the models of organization, proceduralization and good practices more suitable for an efficient management of emergencies.



The lectures aim to:
Deepen the knowledge of rules and procedures about emergency management by Government and Public Administration at different territorial levels;
Deepen the knowledge of juridical, technical and organizational means Public Administration actually uses in emergency situations;
Identify virtues and vices of the methods Italian Public Administration implements, through references to both concrete historical experiences and comparative examples;
Define models of organization, procedures and good practices, suitable for an effective emergency management;
Develop skills of complementing each other the juridical, politicological, and quantitative approach in the study of the items in question, in order to develop a good ability of critical and multidimensional analysis.

LEARNING OUTCOMES (in more detail):
After the lectures, the student should be able to:
Know and use accurately the legal and politicological language related to the items in question;
Complement each other the juridical, politicological, and quantitative approach in the study of the subjects debated by the lectures, in order to develop a good ability of critical and multidimensional analysis;
Accurately identify the available means for Public Administration in emergency management;

Retrace, explain and evaluate critically the real working of Public Administration in historically concrete emergency situations;
Accurately identify the more suitable means to be used by Public Administration in a hypothetical need for emergency management;
Express thoroughly knowledge, opinions, problems and proposals, related to the discipline, to both expert speakers and not;
Possibly express reasoned and justified proposals of juridical and organizational reforms, in the light of both the knowledge and the comparative methodology he/she acquired.


To deal effectively with the contents of the discipline, it's necessary to know the basic foundations of administrative law, public administration and statistics.
It could so be useful to have already passed or to study simultaneously for exams concerning the above-mentioned items.


The course is 36 hours long and gives 6 CFU. 

Lectures will be taught by blended teaching (i.e. teaching in presence with contemporary broadcasting of the lecture through TEAMS platform). In every case, AulaWeb platform is going to be used to support educational purposes.

Lectures in presence are going to be taught in the "Albergo dei Poveri" educational centre; the scheduled time of the lectures will be published as soos as possible. Independently from their being either the only form of teaching or a part of blended teaching, lectures in streaming are going to be taught through TEAMS platform, on the team "Prof Aristide Canepa 2024/25" (password nbju4tb ), channel Pubblica e Gestione delle Emergenze. The teacher is going to upload the lectures recordings to TEAMS platform and the teaching materials to AulaWeb platform, on the channel devoted to the course, in order to guarantee the availability of the course also to students who, for any reason, weren't able to take part in class lectures nor to log on the lectures in streaming.

Teaching will be based mainly on lectures, possibly complemented by slides and/or other teaching media, but it can also involve seminars and students' guided research activities, with public exposition of the outcomes.

The professor could also look after providing or recommending (either during the lectures or through Aulaweb) readings and studies (in foreign languages, too), useful to the preparation of the following lectures.

External lectures, speeches and congresses related to the discipline could be considered as part of the course. In this case, the professor will inform the students about them, during the lectures and through AulaWeb.

For such reasons, students are heartily recommended to register themselves in the course page on AulaWeb platform. Such a page is going to be the official channel of communication between teacher and students, and all the informations on the course (including possible changes in the way the course will be taught) will be uploaded there.

The teacher is also the Department contact person for students with handicaps and/or learning disorders. Students in a certificated condition of handicap or learning disorder are warmly encouraged to contact him, at the beginning of the course, in order to agree teaching and exam methods that, still respecting the course aims, take into account the individual learning needs and offer adequate compensatory instruments.


Different meanings and forms of “emergency” in law
Rules and procedures provided for emergency situations by law
The established allocation of administrative functions to different territorial levels of government and the possible changes provided by rules (and practices) about emergency management
Emergency management and exceptions to standard procedures in law-making, decision-making, administrative and jurisdictional processes
Emergency management and restrictions on personal rights, public freedoms and rule of law in wider terms
Reenactment, exposition and analysis of the means Public Administration actually used in historically concrete emergency situations and of the processes of juridical and organizational reform that possibly followed
All the items of the syllabus are going to be debated also in a comparative (both synchronic and diachronic) perspective, in order to make easier a critical analysis and to better define well performing models of organization, procedures and good practices for an effective emergency management.

The course contributes towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals nn. 4 and 16 of the UN 2030 Agenda.


The recommended texts are:

1) PIERGIGLI Valeria, Diritto costituzionale dell'emergenza, Giappichelli, Torino, 2023 (disponibile anche in e-book); AND

2) one of the following texts, at student's choosing:

a) CROCE Mariano-SALVATORE Andrea, Cos'è lo stato di eccezione, Nottetempo, Milano, 2022; or

b) MARINI Francesco Saverio-SCACCIA Gino (a cura di), Emergenza COVID-19 e ordinamento costituzionale, Giappichelli, Torino, 2020.

Moreover, the professor will provide during the lectures and through Aulaweb additional bibliographical references and material (in foreign languages, too, according to students' linguistic skills).


Exam Board


MARIA ANGELA ORLANDI (President Substitute)



Teaching activities will occur during the second term.

Date of beginning and scheduled time of the teaching activities will be delivered as soon as possible.

About scheduled time for lectures, students are recommended to refer to their web agenda, at the following link: , as well as to specific AulaWeb page and Teams channel, in order to be informed of any possible change.

Class schedule

The timetable for this course is available here: Portale EasyAcademy



The exam will be oral and in Italian but, upon justified request in peculiar cases, it could be written.
Students of Erasmus programme (or other similar programmes scheduling only a temporary stay) are allowed, on request, to sit the exam in other languages (English, French, Spanish and Portuguese are available).
During the exam, at least three items related to the discipline will be debated, starting from more general concepts to reach then an higher degree of detail. In case of written exam, it will consist in three open questions at different degrees of detail.
The examination board is appointed by the Department Council and, except in the case of hindrance, chaired by the professor in charge of the course.
The exams will be in person.


First of all, the student should demonstrate: the knowledge of the course topics, an accurate use of the language, a suitable order in the presentation of the subjects, competence in the technical language, juridical and politicological.
A preferential evaluation will be conferred to the following skills: the ability to re-elaborate in a critical way the acquired information and the concerned topics; the accurate implementation of the comparative methodology; the ability to analyze critically constitutional (or constitutionally relevant) texts, documents and customs, as well as every other historical and factual element (political and party systems, political culture, etc.) significant in the real working of a constitutional system; the possible expression of personal considerations, duly reasoned and justified, according to the acquired data and (also comparative) methodologies.


Channel for online lectures: team "Prof Aristide Canepa 2023/24" (password will be delivered as soon as ready), channel Amministrazione Pubblica e Gestione delle Emergenze.