Issue no. 3 - 2013 July / September


The Italian Constitution as an Expression of Legal Post-Modernism

The article examines the Italian Constitution from a historical point ofview. In particular, the author frames the Constitution as an example of legal“post-modernism”, a concept that denotes the process of change and innovationthat characterizes the legal history of the entire 20th century. The ItalianConstitution is thus analyzed as an “act of reason”, capable of expressing

The Duty to Give Reasons in Administrative Decisions

As its starting point, the article takes the general crisis currently besettingthe rule of law, legal certainty and the separation of powers that characterizesour legal system in general, and administrative law in particular; whileretaining on the background the constant oscillation between “form” and“substance” and the demarcation between irregularities and «practicableillegalities» in the context of the

The Different Forms of Supervision Between Administrative Function and Organization

The term “supervision” has been used in national legal acts for sometime, and to an increasing extent. In the past, several scholars of administrativelaw have resorted to such a formulation. However, its content was not (isstill not) easily identifiable. Originally, in a context shared with autarchy,supervision concerned the reports on bureaucratic decentralization, includingthe controls exercised

Local Government and Landscape Planning

The Italian Code for Cultural Goods and Landscape places a great dealof importance on landscape planning. Although the legal framework haschanged significantly since the important Law n. 1497 of 1939, the perspectiveadopted by the Code still reflects the earlier legislation, in that it considerslandscape as a precious but limited aspect of the territory. This conceptionleads


Constitutional Law in Italy 2011

This text provides a brief review of the main constitutional events thatoccurred in the course of 2011. Among these: the crisis of the Berlusconigovernment and the new government led by Mario Monti, the role of thePresident of the Republic, the legislative activity and institutional reforms, therelationship between the State and the Regions and the Constitutional

Administrative Law in Italy 2011

In the year of the 150th anniversary of the Italian Unification, theadministrative system was affected by institutional instability and the economicdownturn. With a view to curbing imbalances in the public finances, threefinancial laws were urgently adopted (the first one by the Monti Cabinet andthe later two by the Berlusconi Cabinet), along with the Annual Stability

Book Review

Sveva Del Gatto, Il metodo aperto di coordinamento — Amministrazioni
nazionali e amministrazione europea, Napoli, Jovene, 2012 (recensione di Marcello Clarich)
Marco Macchia, Legalità amministrativa e violazione dei diritti non statali,
Milano, Giuffrè, 2012,(recensione di Mario Pilade Chiti)
Marco Pastorelli, L’opera giuridica di Massimo Severo Giannini, I (1939-
1950), Milano, Giuffrè, 2012(recensione di Angela Guerrieri)
Jörg Philipp Terhechte, Konstitutionalisierung und Normativität der europäischen
Grundrechte, Tübingen, Mohr Siebeck, 2011 e Nils Grosche, Rechtsfortbildung im Unionsrecht. Eine Untersuchung zum Phänomen richterlicher Rechtsfortbildung durch den Gerichtshof der Europäischen Union (Bd. 59, Jus Internationale et Europaeum, Issn 1861-1893), Tübingen, Mohr Siebeck, 2011 (recensione di Monica Bonini)
Alberto Massera, Lo Stato che contratta e che si accorda, Pisa, Pisa University
Press, 2012 (recensione di Auretta Benedetti)
Michele Belletti, Percorsi di ricentralizzazione del regionalismo italiano nella
giurisprudenza costituzionale, Roma, Aracne, 2012, e Simone Calzolaio, Il cammino delle materie nello Stato regionale, Torino, Giappichelli, 2012 (recensione di Raffaele Bifulco)
Gabriele Pepe, Principi generali dell’ordinamento comunitario e attività amministrativa,
Roma, Eurilink, 2012 (recensione di Renzo Dickmann)
Luciano Vandelli, Tra carte e scartoffie. Apologia letteraria del pubblico
impiegato, Intersezioni, n. 398, Bologna, il Mulino, 2013 (recensione di Aldo Sandulli)

News and Recent Events

The history of German public law after World War II (Sabino Cassese)
Recent french  studies on the science of law and its history (Sabino Cassese)
The European Parliament’s resolution on the rules of administrative procedures (Bernardo Giorgio Mattarella)
A lecture on “Europe and its citizens” (Michela De Santis)
The third IRPA lecture: “The city as the future of public law?” (Hilde Caroli Casavola)
The public consultation of CUN on magazines (Antonio Banfi)