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European History of Law (A-L)


European History of Law (A-L)


Anno accademico 2022/2023

Codice attività didattica
Prof. Mario Riberi (Titolare del corso)
Ida Ferrero (Titolare del corso)
Corso di studio
Laurea in Global Law and Transnational Studies - a Torino (D.M. 270/2004) [0707L31]
1° anno
Primo semestre
Di base
SSD attività didattica
IUS/19 - storia del diritto medievale e moderno
Tipologia esame

Sommario insegnamento


Obiettivi formativi


The European History of Law course is framed within the general objective of Global law and transnational Legal studies to focus on the discipline of legal comparison that will give the students the possibility to deepen the research of different legal models, practices and cultures that outline the scope of global and transnational law. 

In particular, the course aims at equipping the students with an in-depth knowledge, from an
historical-juridical perspective, of the institutional, and intellectual elements that European legalsystems tend to have in common. Through the examination of the transformations undergone by law in history, the course aims to foster in students an awareness of the development and also the relativity and development of the legal phenomenon.

Specific attention will be devoted also the study of the changes occurred in the non-European legal systems that were influenced and influenced the legal evolution in Europe.


Risultati dell'apprendimento attesi

This kind of approach to legal history,  which isn't focused just only on notions and dates, aims to train the students to independence of judgment and to offer the right critical eye under which observe the developing and relativity of law.

At the end of the course, the student should achieve the following learning objectives:

Knowledge and comprehension

- In-depth knowledge of the relevant legal phenomena in the European history of


- Ability to highlight the different matrices, structures, concepts and the main scientific

orientations of the European juridical tradition

- Awareness of the remarkable implications of law in every person's situation across history

Ability to apply knowledge and comprehension

- Ability to handle a complex reasoning about the topics discussed in class

- Ability to apply the rules and principles of Medieval, Modern and Contemporary Laws to a given

situation and to catch their implications

Autonomous intellectual approach and critical thinking

- Ability to organise the knowledge acquired and to weight its importance and relevance

- Ability to understand and to personally discuss topical issues through the lenses of the historical-

juridical method

- Ability to explain the knowledge acquired, by using an appropriate legal terminology



The course deals with the basic aspects of European legal history. Following the comparative legal history approach, it will present some key-elements: among them, Ius commune/Common Law traditions, legal Humanism, Natural Law, Law of Reason, European Public Law, Constitutional Law, Evolution of criminal Law, Codifications, main legal trends and Schools. Particular attention will be devoted also to the most important political and legal changes that took place during the 20th century, including racial and political persecution, the changes concerning European and Italian family and labour law.



Modalità di insegnamento

Lectures with assignments.

All the materials will be made available  through the teaching platform (moodle). It is therefore essential and compulsory that all the students enroll in the teaching platform to have full access both to materials, discussions and communications

Lessons will be held in person. For those who cannot make it to Turin or to the Campus because of COVID-19 restrictions, classes will be broadcasted in streaming, via the personal WeBex room of the Professors. Please check on the Moodle e-learning page for more detailed information inrelation to each class.
The course will consist of:
- traditional frontal lessons to be held by providing students with PPT presentations and audio
- involvement of the students in the elaboration of self-evaluation materials. In particular, on a voluntary basis and under the professor's supervision, the students will have the possibility to write a short essay and present it in class.


Modalità di verifica dell'apprendimento

Students will take two  midterm exams consisting of a written exam with three questions (1 hour time) for the ones who will take it in person. For the students who will not have the possibiity to do it in person, a multiple-choice test is planned on the moodle platform (30 questions in 30 minutes). The final written exam consists of a discussion of 2 questions for the ones who have done and passed the two mid-exams, 4 questions for the ones who have done and passed only one mid-term exam, 6 questions for the students who have not done or passed any mid-term exam..
Limits to the length of the answers will be imposed. Depending on the characteristics of the
questions, the time allocated will range from 40 min to 1 hour and a half.
For the purposes of the final evaluation, the following criteria will be taken into consideration:
- formal accuracy (including grammar)
- completeness of the answers
- adequate selection of the relevant arguments
- adequate presentation of the arguments (including use of an appropriate legal terminology)
- autonomous organization and elaboration of the answer
"Incorrect" solutions to the cases will not automatically determine a negative evaluation, as long as the answer will be construed on a coherent reasoning, consistent with the underlying theoretical background and adequately motivated.

The evalutation of the multiple-choice tests and the final exam will be expressed in grades ranging from1 to 30.


Attività di supporto

The Moodle e-learning page of the course is a key-instrument. The students are expected to enroll to the

Moodle page and to the Giurisprudenza Unito page of the course.
In particular, the Moodle e-learning page will host:
- all the presentations displayed during the lectures
- video and/or video lectures
- optional learning materials
- ancillary contents (videos, links to websites, etc.)

Testi consigliati e bibliografia

A Short History of European Law. The Last Two and a Half Millennia
Anno pubblicazione:  
Harvard University Press
Tamara Herzog



Dear students, if you wish to follow the course online please click on the following link at the scheduled time

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