IUS/14 - 6 CFU - 1° Semester

Teaching Staff


Learning Objectives

The course aims to analyze the historical and legal aspects of the integration process of the European Continent and the current structure of the European Union. It will examine the founding values of the EU, the historical process of the European integration, the system of the EU sources, the EU’s law-making procedures, the EU’s judicial system, the condition of the European citizen and of the foreigner and the protection of fundamental human rights law in the European Union.

The contents of the course will be examined in the light of the double title of democratic legitimacy of the EU: the role of the States to power the process of mutual legal, economic, social and political integration; the growing contribution to the development of this process as required to natural persons (citizens and foreigners) living within the Member States.

The course aims to impart to students the fundamentals of European Union law and provide them the tools to develop a critical view of the process of European integration and of its dynamics; to provide a knowledge oriented to the cultural aspects of a process that is still analyzed in its legal dimension; and finally to give students the necessary technical language required to a scholar of international communication.

The study of the contents will be joined by a continuous analysis of current European issues.

Detailed Course Content


1. Fundamentals of International Law

2. The origins and the development of the European integration.

3. General characteristics of the European Union and its competences.

4. EU policies.

5. Regulative principles of the European Union.

6. Institutions and bodies of the European Union.

7. EU law-making process.

8. The sources of the European Union law.

9. EU’s judicial system.

10. European citizenship and foreign status in the EU.

11. The protection of the fundamental rights of the person into the European Union Law.


Right to respect for family life.

Textbook Information

For the Fundamentals of European Union Law:

N. Parisi – V. Petralia, Elementi di diritto dell’Unione europea, Le Monnier (Mondadori), 2016, pp. 3-301.

For the specific topic, one of the following articles:

1. D. Rinoldi, V. Petralia, Commento all’articolo 9 della Carta dei diritti fondamentali dell’Unione europea – Diritto di sposarsi e di fondare una famiglia (extract from book of R. Mastroianni - O. Pollicino - S. Allegrezza - F. Pappalardo - O. Razzolini, eds., Carta dei diritti fondamentali dell’Unione Europea, Giuffré, Milano, 2017), pp. 159-203 (available on Studium).

2. V. Petralia, La dimensione culturale e religiosa dei modelli familiari. Il caso dei matrimoni poligamici (extract from the book of A. Ruggeri - D. Rinoldi – V. Petralia, eds., Vecchie e nuove ‘famiglie’ nel dialogo tra Corti europee e giudici nazionali, editoriale Scientifica, Napoli, 2016), pp. 195-258 (available on Studium).

Please remember that in compliance with art 171 L22.04.1941, n. 633 and its amendments, it is illegal to copy entire books or journals, only 15% of their content can be copied.

For further information on sanctions and regulations concerning photocopying please refer to the regulations on copyright (Linee Guida sulla Gestione dei Diritti d’Autore) provided by AIDRO - Associazione Italiana per i Diritti di Riproduzione delle opere dell’ingegno (the Italian Association on Copyright).

All the books listed in the programs can be consulted in the Library.

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