cod. 1010135

Academic year 2023/24
5° year of course - Second semester
- Andrea Vincenzo NATALE
Academic discipline
Diritto privato (IUS/01)
A scelta dello studente
Type of training activity
Student's choice
6 hours
of face-to-face activities
1 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit


Learning objectives

The course aims at providing the fundamental notions in the field of the so-called Internet law, and of the legal implications of artificial intelligence.
With specific reference to the Private Law module, the aim of the course is to provide the fundamental notions on: sources of law in the Internet world; protection of personal data; computer documents; computer contracts and with computer object; artificial intelligence; software protection; computer crimes.
By the end of the Private Law module, students should have acquired the ability to
- to recognise, interpret and correctly apply the principles of private law to be applied in the world of the Internet, and the relevant sources of law;
- to know and correctly apply the rules of private law concerning artificial intelligence, and the responsibility in the related processes
- to apply the acquired knowledge to concrete cases and to support one's own theses with appropriate language and arguments.


Students are strongly advised to attend the course after having taken the examinations of: Private Law; Constitutional Law; Civil Law I and II; International Law; European Union Law; Criminal Law; Roman Law.
The Private Law module includes both lectures and interactive sessions with students, consisting mainly of the analysis and discussion of documents and judgments, available on the Elly platform.

Course unit content

The course explores the impact of the digital world and the need for uniform law, especially to regulate artificial intelligence and electronic commerce. In particular, the first module of Private Law will focus on: 1) the sources of law in the world of the internet, and the problems of application of existing law; 2) the legal framework for the protection of personal data; 3) the computer document and contracts with computer objects; 4) civil liability arising from artificial intelligence processes.

Full programme

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The teaching material, slides and sentences (approx. 60 pages), will be published by the lecturer on the Elly 2022/2023 platform under the Course heading.

Teaching methods

The Private Law module includes both lectures and interactive moments with the students, consisting mainly in the analysis and discussion of documents and judgments, available on the Elly platform.

Assessment methods and criteria

The examination is written and consists of a multiple-choice test and two open questions.
Knowledge and comprehension will be assessed by means of multiple-choice questions, aimed at verifying the actual knowledge of the fundamental concepts relating to the five modules.
Alternatively, the proficiency examination will consist of an oral test, consisting of at least three questions related to the different modules of the course.
Notice of the chosen mode will be given on the Esse3 system in advance of the exam.

Other information

Information about the other modules in which the course is composed is available in the syllabuses of the respective subject contacts.