cod. 1008874

Academic year 2023/24
3° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Diritto costituzionale (IUS/08)
A scelta dello studente
Type of training activity
Student's choice
36 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

The aim of the course is to provide students with a complete knowledge of the themes of Italian and European Parliamentary Law.
In particular, the student will be allowed to know the fundamental juridical notions and the tools useful to understand the complex of political-institutional relationships that develop within the Legislative Assemblies, between these and the other organs of the State.
At the end of the course students are expected to be able to:
- to analyze the organization and functioning rules of the Italian Parliament;
- to understand and critically address the role of Parliament, as the seat of national political representation, also considering the European integration;
- to orient themselves in the knowledge of the rules and the functioning of the European Parliament, also according to the relations that European Parliament has with the national legislative Assemblies of the Member States


To be allow to take the Parliamentary Law exam, students must have passed the exam of Institutions of Public Law (for students of the Degree Course in Political Science and International Relations) or of Constitutional Law (for students of the Master's Degree in Law).

Course unit content

The course aims to provide a complete knowledge of the themes of Italian and European Parliamentary Law. Starting from the study of a) the evolution of the Parliamentary Institution; b) the sources of parliamentary law; c) the internal organization of both branches of Parliament; d) the legislative function of the Parliament, the course aims to provide to the student the tools useful to understanding the role of Parliament in the current historical moment and all the other aspects and juridical notions useful to understanding the complex of political-institutional relations between Parliament and other organs of the State.
Furthermore, particular attention will be paid to the increasing importance of the European Parliament in recent years, through the study of its internal organization, its powers and its role in sectors such as the economy and foreign policy of the European Union.

Full programme

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- L. Gianniti - N. Lupo, Parliamentary Law Course, Il Mulino, Bologna;
- N. Lupo, A. Manzella, The European Parliament. An introduction, LUISS University Press, 2019;
- Latest editions of the Regulations of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate of the Republic, as well as the treaties on the European Union and the functioning of the European Union (material available online).

Teaching methods

The course will be conducted through lectures, supplemented by seminar meetings with experts and operators of parliamentary law.
During the course practical exercises will also be prepared, with the participation of specialized technicians in the field of institutional relations, which will have as their object:
- the procedures for writing bills, amendments, guidelines, interpellations and parliamentary questions;
- the research for texts and documents using the navigation methods within the Parliament databases;
During the course, moreover, a guided tour will be organized in Rome at the Senate of the Republic and the Chamber of Deputies, where students will also have the opportunity to attend sessions of parliamentary branches.

Assessment methods and criteria

The verification method consists of an oral exam.
Attending students will be able to agree with the teacher some variations with respect to the program of the manual. It is advisable to attend lectures, seminars and exercises with the Constitution and Parliamentary Regulations.
The partial tests during the lessons will be real learning assessments that lead to a reduction of the exam program for those who pass them.
The following will be evaluated:
- the ability to use the technical-legal language appropriately with particular reference to the language of Parliamentary Law;
- knowledge of the topics in which the course is divided;
- the ability to grasp the main evolutionary trends of matter;
- the ability to connect the various topics under study with each other;
- the ability to critically process the acquired knowledge.

Other information

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