EPP5070010, A.A. 2016/17

Principali informazioni sull'insegnamento
Corso di studio Corso di laurea magistrale in
EP1980, ordinamento 2013/14, A.A. 2016/17
Crediti formativi 6.0
Dipartimento di riferimento Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche, Giuridiche e Studi Internazionali
Obbligo di frequenza No
Lingua di erogazione INGLESE

Responsabile SARA PENNICINO IUS/21

Dettaglio crediti formativi
Tipologia Ambito Disciplinare Settore Scientifico-Disciplinare Crediti
AFFINE/INTEGRATIVA Attività formative affini o integrative IUS/21 6.0

Modalità di erogazione
Periodo di erogazione Primo semestre
Anno di corso II Anno
Modalità di erogazione frontale

Organizzazione della didattica
Tipo ore Crediti Ore di
Ore Studio
LEZIONE 6.0 45 105.0 Nessun turno

Inizio attività didattiche 26/09/2016
Fine attività didattiche 21/01/2017
Orario della didattica Visualizza calendario delle lezioni
Giorno Ora Aula Edificio
Orari_chiudi Giovedi' 12.30-15.30 AULA Comune CA' DOTTORI
  17/11/2016 12.30-15.30 AULA Comune CA' DOTTORI
Orari_chiudi Venerdi' 12.30-15.30 AULA Comune CA' DOTTORI
  18/11/2016 12.30-15.30 AULA Comune CA' DOTTORI

Commissioni d'esame
Nessuna commissione d'esame definita

Conoscenze e abilita' da acquisire: Bridging the gap between comparative politics and comparative constitutional law, the course examines the nature of constitutional development and democratization in developing states using case studies drawn from different parts of the world. The course employs the methods typically used in the analysis of comparative constitutional law and focuses on constitution-making and constitutional amendment; federalism, regionalism and devolution; electoral laws and electoral justice; the role and functions of constitutional and supreme courts.
Modalita' di esame: Students’ preparation will be assessed through a written exam composed of both a conceptual analysis and a practical exercise reflecting on issues presented and discussed in class.

Class attendance is not mandatory. Accordingly, attending and non attending students will take the SAME exam.
However, it should be noted that attending students' performance in the test will highly benefit from the participation in role plays and case study based exercises carried out in class.
Criteri di valutazione: The assignments will evaluate the students’ ability to demonstrate knowledge of applicable conceptual frameworks and critical analysis and argumentation on topical issues.
Contenuti: Week 1 Presentation of the goals and scope of the course Bridging the gap between comparative politics and comparative constitutional law; introduction to key concepts and definition of the legal approach to democratisation.
Self assessment test on basic concepts relevant to Constitutional law
Opening debate: Q1 "The spread of general principles of human rights and constitutional, representative government based on the rule of law: spurs for development or desirable outcomes of development?" Q2 "Cultural specificity and Constitutional law: are regionally-adapted versions of constitutionalism a viable solution?"

Week 2 Domestic and External Factors in Transitions towards Democracy – Part 1
Constitution-Making and Constitutional Amendment Processes

Week 3 Domestic and External Factors in Transitions towards Democracy – Part 2
Transition through Elections (electoral assistance; electoral observation; political rights protection and international standards; electoral laws; electoral justice; electoral management bodies; elections in post conflict societies; electoral violence)

Week 4 Institutional Framework and Transitions Towards Democracy
Illiberal, fragile and unstable democracies: forms of State and forms of Government under stress; State and religion in more recently adopted Constitutions; parliamentary or presidential? Is there a preferable type of executive to foster democratic longevity?

Week 5 Democratisation and Countermajoritarian Institutions
Judicial review and Constitutional adjudication; systems of constitutional adjudication in new democracies: structural and functional approach

Week 6 Society and Economic Transition
Democratisation, inequality and the Constitution: (transition toward a) market based economy, enforcement of social and economic rights and poverty as a constitutional challenge; gender and the Constitution

Week 7 Ethnic Conflict and Federal Structure
Territorial arrangements and conflict resolution; integration or accomodation?; minority rights and the Constitution.

Week 8 Lessons Learned
Selected students’ presentations on assigned case studies
Final discussion: Is there an ideal constitutional framework for Countries transitioning towards democracy?
Attivita' di apprendimento previste e metodologie di insegnamento: Regular class attendance is strongly recommended. The course will consist of lectures, discussions, case studies, and student-led presentations. In all areas, the active participation of students is considered an essential element of teaching, learning and assessment.
Eventuali indicazioni sui materiali di studio: Indications on study materials for each part of the course specific readings will be provided in due time. All information on the references to the study materials can be found on MA elearning platform.

NOTE THAT: with regard to the exam, study material for non attending students consist of the material available on the MA elearning platform

Texts of reference
Ginsburg T., Comparative Constitutional Design, Cambridge UP, 2014
Choudhry S. (ed), Constitutional design for divided societies : integration or accommodation?, OUP, 2008
FrosiniJ.O., Biagi F. (eds), Political and Constitutional Transitions in North Africa: Actors and Factors, Routledge, London, 2014
Kuperman A. (ed), Constitutions and Conflict Management in Africa. Preventing Civil War Through Institutional Design, UPenn Press, 2015
Tushnet M., Saunders C., Fleiner T. (eds), ROUTLEDGE HANDBOOK OF CONSTITUTIONAL LAW, Routledge, 2013
Rosenfeld M., Sajó A. (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Constitutional Law, OUP, 2012
Teitel R.G.,Globalizing transitional justice: contemporary essays, OUP, 2014
Testi di riferimento:
  • Ginsburg, Tom; Dixon, Rosalind, Comparative constitutional lawedited by Tom Ginsburg and Rosalind Dixon. Cheltenham: Northampton, Elgar, 2011. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Choudhry, Sujit, Constitutional design for divided societiesintegration or accommodation?edited by Sujit Choudhry. Oxford [etc.]: Oxford University Press, --. Cerca nel catalogo