Issue no. 4 - 2012 October / December


European Legal Scholarship

  The article deals with a topic recently examined by legal scholarship,especially in Germany: how can the aims and methods of a new Europeanlegal scholarship be defined? Such scholarship should embrace legal toolsfrom individual Member States, from their interrelationships and from theinteraction between Member States and the EU. In particular, the articlefocuses on three issues:

Reverse Solange – Protecting the essence of fundamental rights against EU Member States

  This article presents an innovative approach to the protection of EUfundamental rights against Member States. It draws on recent studies whichhave shown that the fundamental rights situations in a number of MemberStates give increasing cause for concern, particularly with respect to mediafreedom. However, while the Union intensely scrutinizes the fundamentalrights situations in candidate countries,

Foreign Law in Constitutional Courts’ Decisions: A Comparison

  The article investigates the structure of constitutional legal reasoningbased on foreign law in a comparative perspective. A selection of judgmentsfrom different supreme and constitutional courts are analyzed, to gain a morecomprehensive understanding of how judges use materials from foreign homologousjurisdictions. This study illustrates that two different models of legalreasoning based on foreign law are

Historical Studies

Administrative Law and Gian Domenico Romagnosi, 250 Years After His Birth

  Despite his changing fortune among legal scholars, Romagnosi may stillrepresent today, in the words of M.S. Giannini in 1940, “a starting point fornew research”. This essay aims to analyze the parts and elements of Romagnosi’swork that are most important for current development of administrativelaw. By analyzing certain aspects of his work – both as


Administrative Law and Private Law: New Trends of An Old Issue

  The article deals with the increasing application of private law to administrativeaction. It stresses some cases where administrative decisions arereplaced by contracts, agreements, or private unilateral acts; and highlightsthat general legal principles stemming from private law roots, such as goodfaith and fairness, are acquiring a primary role in administrative law. Theconclusion emphasizes that private


Controlling the Regulatory Impact Analysis: Oversight Bodies

  The aim of this study is to examine the new institutional bodies establishedin OECD Member States in the last four decades for the oversight of theeffectiveness and efficiency of better tools for regulation such as the RegulatoryImpact Assessment (RIA): the Regulatory oversight bodies (ROBs). Evenif these bodies feature several differences, because they were established

Book Review

Sabrina Ragone, I controlli giurisdizionali sulle revisioni costituzionali. Profili teorici e comparativi, Bologna, Bononia University Press, 2011 (recensione di Nino Olivetti Rason);
W. Neil Adger e Andrew Jordan (ed. by), Governing Sustainability, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2009 (recensione di Francesco Fonderico)
Marco D’Alberti, Lezioni di diritto amministrativo, Torino, Giappichelli, 2012 (recensione di Sabino Cassese)
Annalisa Ghiribelli, Decretazione d’urgenza e qualità della produzione normativa, Milano, Giuffrè, 2011 (recensione di Giulio Vesperini)
Alessandro Oddi, Il «giusto processo» dinanzi alla Corte dei conti, Napoli, Jovene, 2010 (recensione di Claudio Consolo)
Antonio Leo Tarasco, Corte dei conti ed effetti dei controlli amministrativi, Padova, Cedam, 2012, Collana del Centro di ricerche Vittorio Bachelet Luiss Guido Carli (recensione di Francesco Battini)
Istituto di ricerche sulla pubblica amministrazione (IRPA), Guida alla ricerca per i giovani giuristi, a cura di Giulio Napolitano, Roma, Irpa, 2012 (recensione di Mario Libertini)