One Month in Imperia, Italy
Three On-line Sessions
A Research Period
Program of Studies


The program is divided into five sessions: three of them will be devoted to distant (on-line) courses; one to residential courses taught at the University of Genoa's Campus in Imperia; and one to individual research culminating in a master thesis as the final step for obtaining the Master’s degree.

The courses will be held in English and/or in Spanish.

Reading and listening comprehension of both languages is indispensable, whereas for oral and written communication students may also use Italian or French if they prefer.


The Residential Courses in Imperia

The residential session of the Master, lasting for four weeks between January and February every year, takes place in Imperia – Porto Maurizio (Italy), and consists in eight courses given by some of the best international experts in the field:

[ 1 ] Legal Interpretation & Argumentation
Pierluigi CHIASSONI (Università di Genova) and Eric MILLARD (Université Paris Ouest-Nanterre)


[ 2 ] Law, Rights & Argumentation
Robert ALEXY (Christian-Albrechts-Universität, Kiel)


[ 3 ] Democracy Theory
Michelangelo BOVERO (Universitá di Torino), Valentina PAZE (Universitá di Torino), Andrea GREPPI (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid) and Patricia MINDUS (Uppsala Universitet).

[ 4 ] Legal Science & Constitutional State

Riccardo GUASTINI (Università di Genova), Juan RUIZ MANERO (Universidad de Alicante) and Véronique CHAMPEIL-DESPLATS (Université Paris Ouest-Nanterre).

[ 5 ] Rule of Law and Legal Certainty

Jordi FERRER BELTRÁN (Universitat de Girona), Giovanni Battista RATTI (Università di Genova) y Juliano MARANHÃO (Universidade de São Paulo-USP).

[ 6 ] Argumentation, Constitutional Theory and Fundamental Rights 

Matthias Klatt (Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz) and Martin Borowski (Universität Heidelberg).

[ 7 ] Rule of Law and Constitucional Democracy on Debate

Rafael ESCUDERO ALDAY (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid) and Tecla MAZZARESE (Università di Brescia).

[ 8 ] Selected Topics of Legal Philosophy

Frederick SCHAUER (University of Virginia) and Mauro BARBERIS (Università di Trieste).


On-line courses

Every student shall participate in ten on-line courses chosen from a list of thirty-one courses offered by the program. These courses will be offered through an internet platform in three different sessions, each one of them lasting about two months (November-December; March-April; and May-June). Participants will be asked to read and discuss some key texts chosen by the lecturer(s), and/or to write short papers for evaluation.

[1] Logic for Lawyers
Giovanni Battista RATTI (Università di Genova)

[2] Introduction to Constitutional Argumentation
Carlos BERNAL PULIDO (Universidad Externado de Colombia)

[3] Introduction to Analytical Legal Theory
Pierluigi CHIASSONI (Università di Genova)

[4] Introdution to Legal Science

María Beatriz ARRIAGADA CÁCERES (Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago de Chile) and Álvaro NÚÑEZ VAQUERO (Universidad Austral, Valdivia)

[5] Transitional Justice

Rafael ESCUDERO (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)

[6] Philosophy of International Law
Giulio ITZCOVICH (Università di Brescia)

[7] Theories and Practice of Legislation
Daniel OLIVER-LALANA (Università di Genoa)

[8] Philosophy of Evidence
Giovanni DAMELE (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)

[9] Metaethics and Constitutional Values
Alessio SARDO ( Università Bocconi di Milano)

[10] Responsibility in Morality, Law, and Justice
Diego PAPAYANNIS (Universitat de Girona)

[11] Practical Ethics and Jurisprudence
Bruno CELANO and Aldo SCHIAVELLO (Università di Palermo)

[12] Democracy, Terrorism, War and Peace
Andrea GREPPI (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)

[13] Republicanism and Deliberative Democracy
Jose Luís MARTÍ (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona)

[14] Law & Bioethics
Francesca POGGI (Università Statale di Milano)

[15] World Poverty, Global Justice, and Gender

Susanna POZZOLO (Università di Brescia)

[16]  Political Theory and Constitution
Massimo CUONO (Università di Torino)

[17] Predictability and Legal Certainty
Jordi FERRER BELTRÁN (Universitat de Girona)

[18] Psychology of Judicial Decision
Diego MORENO CRUZ (Universidad Externado de Colombia)

[19] Authority and Legitimacy of Law
Sebastián FIGUEROA RUBIO (Universidad Adolfo Ibañez, Chile)

[20] Pragmatism, Law and Economics
Giovanni TUZET (Università Bocconi, Milano) and Fabrizio ESPOSITO (European University Institute, Firenze)

[21] Theories of Justice
Andrés ROSSETTI (Universidad Nacional de Córdoba)

[22] Natural Law Theory and the Rule of Law
Andrea DOLCETTI (University of Oxford)

[23] Introduction to Comparative Law
Pablo MORENO CRUZ (Università di Ferrara – Universidad Externado de Colombia)

[24] Law and Reasonableness
Silvia ZORZETTO (Università di Milano)

[25] Normative Investigations
Andrej KRISTAN (Università di Genova)

[26] Intro to Law and Development from the Legal Perspective
Carolina FERNÁNDEZ BLANCO (Universitat de Girona)

[27] Science and Judicial Process
Carmen VÁZQUEZ (Universitat de Girona)

[28] Just War and Legal Theory
Alejandro CHEHTMAN (Universidad Torcuato di Tella)

[29] The Ethics of Utilitarianism
Alejandro CALZETTA (Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Chile)


[30] Perspectives on Legal Realism
Luca MALAGOLI (Università di Genova)

[31] Particularism in Ethics and Law

Elaboration of a Master Thesis

In order to be awarded the post-graduate degree of Advanced Master in “Global Rule of Law and Constitutional Democracy”, each student shall present a final dissertation, which is meant to prove the candidate’s capacity of engaging in individual research on one of the subject matters connected to the program. Each student will be assigned two supervisors, who will follow and advise them on the work for the Master thesis based on a previously approved research project.

The thesis shall not exceed 150.000 characters (about 50 pages). It will be then evaluated by a special commission appointed by the Scientific Committee of the program.