PhD Course

International, Private and Labour Law

Thematic area Humanities
Duration 3 years
Language Italian
PhD Programme Coordinator Arianna Fusaro

The Course offers interdisciplinary training integrating the perspectives of international law (public and private), private law (comparative and European) and labour law (and trade union organizations) that are a basis for the achievement of a specific competence in one of the following areas of research:

private law, which is considered in comparison with other European legal systems rather than from the point of view of the Italian legal system;  labour law and trade union law in the perspective of the internal system, the comparison between state systems within the EU, the Community system, international law; public and private international law and European Union law, also in view of their historical evolution.

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The training project of the Course aims to deepen the interdisciplinary character of legal reasearch and to study law in an internationalist perspective in order to enhance the ability of young scholars to use categories and sources specific to the various disciplines: an increasingly pressing need in the current evolution of domestic, international and European legal Systems. Students will follow a training path characterised by an approach aimed at conceptualising a world populated not only by States, but by a wide range of normative communities.

Indeed, without a broader conception of law that recognises the non-sovereign (and even non-governmental) articulations of norms, we are inclined to ignore such articulations altogether or deny them the status of law and thus the true force these norms have and the way they interact with legal doctrine. Instead of focusing exclusively on the nation-state, therefore, the study of law in the age of globalisation must train young scholars who are aware of a world of permeable borders, a multiplicity of affiliations and overlapping interests, which make law and the construction of legal communities constantly evolving. The aim of the course is therefore to train jurists who are fully aware of the interdisciplinary character of their studies and of their common European and international dimension.

The possibilities of professional and academic integration of PhDs can be summarized as follows:

  • access to the liberal legal professions and legal professions in general (lawyers, judges, notaries);
  • access to the managerial roles of local, national and supranational public administrations
  • possibility of integration, as consultants, in the industrial and commercial sectors;
  • access to the academic roles of lecturer in the scientific-disciplinary sectors involved in the training activities of the Course.