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Law and Business

The PhD program is aimed at offering an advanced course of study that combines both theoretical and practical aspects of legal and regulatory issues regarding markets and business from a national, European, international and comparative perspective. The program is based not only on the analysis of relevant theoretical models but also on solving practical cases.

The PhD program is an interdisciplinary one and concerns the following academic disciplines: IUS/01 (private law), IUS/02 (comparative private law), IUS/04 (commercial law), IUS/05 (economic law), IUS/07 (labor law), IUS/08 (constitutional law), IUS/09 (principles of public law), IUS/10 (administrative law), IUS/12 (tax law), IUS/13 (international law), IUS/14 (European Union law), IUS/15 (civil procedure), IUS/16 (criminal procedure), IUS/17 (criminal law), IUS/20 (philosophy of law) and IUS/21 (comparative public law).

The program, which addresses the demand for highly qualified professionals, ensures that doctoral candidates reach an appreciable level of academic and research autonomy along with an adequate capacity for criticism and analysis. Therefore, PhD students must be able to investigate and analyze in depth, in an interdisciplinary manner, the theoretical and empirical research topics covered by the program.

The PhD program is divided into a number of phases:

The first semester covers a number of general topics (constitutional values and enterprise, collective agreements and business systems, public regulation of enterprise, justice and functioning of the economy). This is to provide doctoral students with a solid foundation that will enable them to perform their subsequent in-depth analysis. Through research, academic activities and participation in seminars and courses, students will work on obtaining a solid academic grounding common to all areas of specialization.

In the second and third semester the PhD students will continue building on this foundation by engaging in an economic analysis of the law and attending courses on topics related to the three curricula of the PhD program:

  • Management of Domestic, International and EU Disputes;
  • Markets and Regulation;
  • Business, Finance and Taxation.

In the second semester, candidates will choose a title for their doctoral dissertations and the foreign venues (university or other institution) where they will carry out research in the fourth semester, compulsory for doctoral students with scholarships.

At the end of the third semester, students will pursue courses and research related to their own curriculum under the supervision of academic staff. Further educational activities will be organized on these topics.

From the fourth semester onwards, PhD students will write their doctoral dissertations, in accordance with a specific schedule. Students will spend 6/9 months abroad in a foreign university or scientific institute where they will be able to earn the required credits. If necessary, students can do the aforementioned period abroad during their third semester.