Spring semester 2020/2021
The course provides an understanding of the process of Europeanization of private law.
After a basic introduction on the institutional framework of EU law, necessary to understand its interplay with the purposes and methods of private law harmonization, the course focuses on EU Primary Sources (in particular, EU fundamental rights and freedoms, and their horizontal effects in private law matters) and EU Secondary Sources (with focus on legislative and judiciary techniques of unification and harmonization of the law).
Attention is given also to the role of the European Court of Justice in the edification of EU private law and to the results of non-legislative projects of harmonization promoted at European level. The core areas of EU private law are then surveyed (contract law, with specific focus on consumer contracts; tort law, with specific focus on product liability regimes; basic issues of EU data protection law, and European family and property law).
Francesco Mezzanotte is assistant professor of Private Law at the University of Roma Tre. He graduated in the Law Faculty of the University of Roma Tre in 2006 (cum laude); holds a Master Phil. (2008) and a Ph.D. (2011) in Law and Economics from the University of Siena; and he is qualified as associate professor in Private Law (“A.S.N. – Abilitazione scientifica nazionale”, 2017).
He has conducted researches at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition of Munich, and at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law of Hamburg. He has taught as adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University – Shepard Broad Law Center (course “European and Italian Private Law” – 2014) and at the Bocconi University in Milan (course “Introduction to the legal system – Private law” – 2016-2019).
Francesco has authored a monograph and articles in Italian and International journals and has presented papers and reports in conferences held in Italy and abroad on topics of Italian, European and Comparative private law. He is member of the editorial board of Italian legal journals and he serves as Italian reporter in different international scientific research projects (organized within the Common Core of European Private Law; the MIUR-DAAD Joint Mobility Program; the Galileo Projects of the Università Italo Francese; the “Le conferenze di ricerca italo-franco-tedesche” sponsored by Villa Vigoni – Centro Italo-Tedesco per l’eccellenza Europea).