Università degli studi di Ferrara

Letizia Gianformaggio Chair 

Visiting professor

Lecture on Operating Law in a Global Context

October 16 – November 10, 2017

Course Description

The operation of law, in the variety of global legal situations, has a specific dynamism. In a single situation, several laws must sometimes be mobilised, alternatively, cumulatively, at the same time or at different moments, in one or several spaces, by one or by multiple actors.

This distinctive dynamic, which the lawyer must be conscious of when passing from one context – national, international or regional – to another, has an influence over the law, its uses and, sometimes, its content.

This lecture is a general presentation of a three steps method: comparison, combination and prioritization of the Law in a global context.

Course Goals

The lecture conveys how the law is operated through a range of situations and concrete examples cutting across domains, including criminal law, contract law, fundamental rights, internal market, international trade, procedure.

The Lecture is aimed at an comparative, international and European perspective.

Illustrations of how lawyers have to combine different contexts are taken in various domestic case law including the UK, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Spain, the US, as well as France.


Introductory on International (public and private) Law – European (EU – ECHR) Law – Comparative Law

Schedule, Outlines and Bibliography

Reference book: J.-S. Bergé and G. Helleringer, Operating law in a global context, Edward Elgar, June 2017.