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Friday, May 10, 2013


Dear students,
as you already know, some of you asked to anticipate the final exam on May 17th, due to the fact that Lorna Hutson cannot come to Rome anymore. Unfortunately, as the final exam was already scheduled on the 22nd of May, this change could have been possible only if everyone agreed. As this is not the case, I confirm the previous schedule: the exam will take place on Wednesday the 22nd of May at 2:00 pm in room 3. Neverthless, you have to register for the final oral exam (which will be quite informal) which will take place on the 7th and 24th of June and on the 24th  of July 2013 (as you can read here: and also on the 10th and 27th of September 2013 (as you can read here:
To sum up:
1) The final written exam will take place on the 22nd of May 2013 but, if you cannot come on the 22nd of May, it is your right to take the written exam during the others, official dates available. The fact that you can take the exam on the 22nd of May should be an advantage for you, in order to conclude the course and concentrate on other exams.
2) As in this course we already have many ways to "judge" you (attendance, blog, power point and final exam), the final oral exam will be reduced to a quite informal chat. In this occasion, we will tell you your grade and register it (verbalizzazione). Anyway, as you can understand, you have to register on one of the "official" dates and come to have this brief conversation with us.
3) The final written exam consists in a list of questions, AT LEAST one on each topic of the course (Law and literature, Law and history, etc.). You will have to choose two question to answer and you will have 90 minutes time to do it. No vocabulary is admitted. This means that, in theory, you could just prepare 2 topics but, of course, my suggestion is to study more than 2 topics (the readings are fundamental) in order to have the possibility to choose among the questions more freely.

I hope everything is clear. See you on Wednesday May 15th for other questions....that will be the last class before the exam.

Monday, May 6, 2013


Dear all,
on Thursday and Friday (as usual at 10:00 am, room 4), Prof. Giorgio Resta (University of Bari) and M° Enrico Maria Polimanti (professional pianist) will introduce us to the very special topic of Law and Music, with particular focus on the similarities between legal and musical interpretation.


The reading is avalable online and, guess what, the author is prof. Manderson!

Enrico Maria Polimanti's CV:
Enrico Maria Polimanti was born in Rome in 1969. He studied at the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia and at the Royal College of Music in London, and has performed as soloist and in chamber ensembles for many concert seasons and music festivals, playing a wide range of traditional repertoire but also works by lesser-known composers such Lodovico Giustini and Hyacinthe Jadin. He has played programmes dedicated entirely to Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann and Debussy. Several composers have also written works for him, one of whom is Francesco Giammusso, whose Piano Concerto he performed in Paris with the Orchestre Internationale de la Cité
Mr Polimanti’s recordings for the labels Tactus and Naxos gained recognition by the critics in Italy and abroad (5 stars The Listerner and Musica) and his performances have been broadcast in Italy (Radio 3, V Canale della Filodiffusione, Radio Vaticana, RAI 3), France, Romania and Austria. Engaged in the diffusion of musical culture, he regularly gives lectures and lecture- concerts in various schools, associations and universities both in Italy and abroad. Enrico Maria Polimanti has translated into Italian Charles Rosen’s Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas and Jean-Jacques Eigeldinger’s Chopin vu par ses élèves. His essay The Earth has many keys, which analyzes the works of five Italian contemporary composers based on the poetry of Emily Dickinson has been selected for the American Literay Scholarship (Duke University Press).

Giorgio Resta's CV:Giorgio Resta is Associate Professor of Comparative Law at the University of Bari, Italy (since 2002) and former Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law, McGill University (2010-2011). He is the author of three books and several essays on personality rights, contracts, torts and intellectual property in comparative perspective. His first book “Autonomia privata e diritti della personalità” has been selected as one of the 10 best legal books of the year 2005 by the “Istituto Sturzo – Club dei giuristi”; the second, co-authored with Guido Alpa, is part of the prestigious Treatise of Italian Civil Law, directed by Rodolfo Sacco. His last book, in English, was published in 2009 with the title “Trial by Media as a Legal Problem: A Comparative Analysis”.
He edited two books (the last one concerns the New intellectual property rights and the Numerus Clausus Principle) and the Italian translation of Hesselink’s “New European Legal Culture”; he also co-edited with Guido Alpa a casebook on Contracts Interpretation. In 2008 he served as a member of the scientific board of the Legislative Committee for the reform of third book of Italian Civil Code, appointed by the Italian Ministry of Justice; currently he serves as legal counsellor at the Ministry of Justice. He is member of the Italian Association of Comparative Law, the Italian Association of Law & Literature and co-director of the law series “Interferenze” (published by Editoriale Scientifica). He has been granted scholarships from the International Council for Canadian Studies, the Max-Planck-Institut für Internationales und Ausländisches Privatrecht (Hamburg, Germany), the Max-Planck-Institut für Geistiges Eigentum (Munich, Germany), the European Commission and the Italian Research Council. He has been invited to lecture and deliver conferences in foreign Universities, such as the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (Paris), the Duke Law School (USA), the University of Bremen, and the University of Toronto. He studied, as a visiting scholar, in several Universities, such as the Yale Law School, the Duke Law School, the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität (Munich, Germany), and the University of Cologne. In 1995 he graduated with magna cum laude from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. In 1999 he received his PhD in Private Law from the University of Pisa. He is member of the Italian Bar.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013


MIDTERM EXAM: Power point groups
Dear students,
as you already know, you will have to prepare a power point presentation for your Midterm Exam, which will take place on May 2nd, 3rd and 5th. Each group will have 45 minutes time. The list below should be correct but do not worry if I forgot something: I know you are ready for the exam so, if I put one person in the wrong group, just tell me about that tomorrow.

May 2nd: group 1 and 5 (yes 5!)
1. Abdoul Zamil Zeenath
2. Aller Federica
3. Bordoni Francesco
4. Borsacchi Alice
5. Sobel Isabel Gail*

1. Luft Niklas
2. Marcantonio Marika
3. Merlini Edoardo
4. Michalczyk Angelika
5. Mottironi Camilla
6. Nobili Diana Oro
7. Serranti Marco

May 3rd, group 2 and 3
1. Brocco Gianluca
2. Cecconi Diana
3. Chiaramonte Emilia
4. Cicchelli Nicola
5. Colaninno Andrea Nicolas
6. Shair Maya Sivan
7. Pikata Agnieszka

1. Coronas Ylenia
2. D'Agostino Vincenzo Gabriele
3. De Carlo Irene
4. Di Lorenzo Roberta
5. Di Patrizio Matteo
6. Disario Alessandro
7. Formose Mailys

May 8th: group 4 and 6
1. Kulik Katherine??
2. Lombardi Chiara
3. Lotito Chiara
4. Lucidi Mariolina

1. Renda Francesco
2. Lewis Salomé
3. Lopez Timothy
4. Toschi Eva

+ Nédée Karolein (in which group?)