Master in Global Rule of Law and

Constitutional Democracy

Course Structure

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Here are the contours of the program.

We will start on 2nd November 2020, and end on 31 October 2021. The lectures will be held in English and/or in Spanish. Reading comprehension of both languages is necessary.

In order to obtain the Master’s degree, students will be required to pass 18 exams. Eight courses and exams will be held during a four-week residential session at the University of Genoa in January/February 2021. Ten courses and exams will be divided among three on-line sessions of two months each. These will take place on an internet platform in November-December 2020, March-April 2021, and May-June 2021. To conclude, students will be required to carry out an individual research project and write a short master thesis to be submitted by October 2021. You will find more specific information below.

The number of participants to the program is limited to a maximum of 35 students. 15 scholarships are being offered on the terms specified in the announcement and, also, in the menu Application & Enrolment above. Applications, to be filled on-line, must be received by 5th May 2020, at 12.00-noon (Italian time).

Program of Studies

We offer thirty-nine courses in this program, all connected to legal, political and ethical issues of an era in which many in the world aspire to global rule of law and constitutional democracy. Eight of these courses are compulsory. Thirty-one of them are optional, and every student must pick ten.

To facilitate the choice, we can propose four different itineraries: a human rights law itinerary, a constitutional law itinerary, one in political philosophy, and one in philosophy of law. There are other possibilities, of course, and students are invited to construct the one that best fits their professional endeavour and personal interests.

Due to the high qualification of our teaching faculty, the program will provide its students with a unique opportunity for technical training, cultural experience, and intellectual development on the key subjects for the establishment and maintenance of morally decent societies.

More specific information on individual courses is a mouse-click away.

Teaching Faculty & Method

With almost 60 professors, our student-teacher ratio is less than 1:1. We put particular efforts to design a study environment promoting critical thinking and analysis.

This is why each residential course is given by two or three professors having different standpoints on the subject matter. They often expose and explore it together, and they are also always present in the class in order to participate in a debate or to spark one.

On-line courses are a complement to that part. They provide our students with an excellent opportunity to gain mastery of writing skills through forum interventions and a number of short papers. While these are based on guided reading assignments, individual feedback from the professors enhances clear, concise and to the point communication of the student’s personal opinion, observation, and critiques.

By July, our students are thus well prepared to draft a master thesis based on an individual research project connected to the program, and supervised by some of the best international experts in the field. You can check their academic records and publications right here.

Further Insights

The venue of the residential session will be the University of Genoa, at Genoa, capitol city of the Italian Ligurian region.

Genoa, also called “The Superb”, has been from its foundation a "City of arms and trade," its artistic beauties are protected inside the noble palaces, as well as within many civic museums. Genoa, the birthplace of the world-famous pesto and other excellent gastronomic delicacies, is still today the site of an efficient commercial port, numerous industrial activities and even of avant garde scientific and technological manufactures, thanks to the Collina Erzelli Science and Technological Park.

From Genoa, practically at the center of Liguria’s coastline, you can get to the nearby sunny localities on Italian Riviera: think Portofino, San Remo and Camogli. If you have a little more time, you can jaunt to the beloved Cinque Terre National Park that, along with the five towns, makes for one of Italy’s 49 UNESCO World Heritage Sites (1997). Genoa is also close to several important Italian cities, such as Milan (120 km.), Turin (124), Pisa (140 km.), and Florence (196 km.).

For further information about the city, you can visit its official webpage: in English and in Spanish.

Information about accommodation and established arrangements with the University of Genoa will be given to the interested people. Please, do not hesitate to contact us for more information via email: master.ruleoflaw@unige.it