Issue N.4 of 2018 October / December


  • J.H.H. Weiler Je suis Achbita Abstract


    The article critically explores the Achbita case, decided by the Court of Justice of the European Union in March 2017. The decision, which raises extremely complex legal issues, was handed down at a particularly delicate historical moment of Europe’s political and social life, in which the Court of Justice itself is playing a decisive role in defining the EU’s ethical and cultural identity.

  • Leonardo Parona U.S. Rulemaking: Recent Reforms and Future Prospects Abstract


    The article analyses some of the recent reforms to the organization of the U.S. federal administration and its rulemaking process. The reforms aim at resolving two fundamental issues: the negative impact that administrative rules may have on economic activities, and the lack of accountability that, according to the advocates of these reforms, characterizes most federal agencies. To solve these issues, the reforms first introduce the zero-net-cost and the one-in-two-out policies, and then require the introduction of a Congressional joint resolution of approval for every major rule approved by administrative agencies. Nonetheless, these reforms, which on the institutional level are designed to reinforce the authority of the representative bodies (Congress and the President), seem to make the rulemaking process lengthier and more rigid. This, as a result, could bolster the hazardous trend of relying on «unorthodox» rulemaking.

  • Aldo Sandulli National Administrative Judges and Supranational Judgments Abstract


    The essay takes, as a starting point, Judgment n. 6/2018 of the Constitutional Court and the Court of Cassation’s approach in favour of a dynamic conception of jurisdiction in addressing the issues arising when judgments given by national administrative courts contrast with preceding or subsequent rulings of the European Court of Justice or of the European Court of Human Rights. In examining the range of solutions that emerge from the many theoretical declinations of the problem (and from the various concepts of jurisdiction), the paper focuses on the effects that supranational legal systems have on the mechanisms envisaged by national administrative procedural law, with particular reference to revision. The background to the analysis also includes the overarching topics of dialogue between courts and of the relationship between the Court of Cassation and the Council of State.


  • Matteo Gnes - Edoardo Chiti 2017 European Chronicles Abstract


    The 2017 European Chronicles open with a brief summary of the major political, economic and institutional events of the year, such as the beginning of the Brexit procedure (the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union). The Chronicles then analyse the main developments of the European integration process, through the conclusions adopted by the meetings of the European Council, as well through the main EU legislative acts and actions. The Chronicles then provide a synthesis of the most important institutional and legal news, the relationships between citizens and EU institutions, and the main evolutions that occurred in the context of the economic and monetary union. The central part of the text presents the noteworthy developments that took place in 2017 in the context of the regulatory functions (internal market, electronic communications, competition, State aid, social policy, health and consumer protection, environmental protection) and of the distributive functions (common agriculture policy, research and technology, education and culture), as well as the EU’s financial programming and budget. The 2017 European Chronicles close with an analysis of the developments that unfolded in the area of freedom, security and justice, in the external relations of the EU and in the field of the common foreign and security policy.

Bibliographic review

GUIDO MELIS: Andrea Guiso, La guerra di Atena. Il «luogo» della Grande Guerra nell’evoluzione delle forme liberali di governo: Regno Unito, Francia, Italia, Firenze, Le Monnier, 2017, 397 p., ISBN: 9788800744904.

GIORGIO MOCAVINI: Sabino Cassese, A World Government?, Sevilla, Global Law Press – Editorial Derecho Global, 2018, 267 p., ISBN: 9788494741524.

EDOARDO CHITI: Aldo Sandulli, Il ruolo del diritto in Europa. L’integrazione europea dalla prospettiva del diritto amministrativo, Milano, Franco Angeli, 2017, 227 p., ISBN: 9788891771957.

GIUSEPPE MARTINICO: Armin VON BOGDANDY, Eduardo FERRER MAC-GREGOR, Mariela MORALES ANTONIAZZI, Flávia PIOVESAN, e Ximena SOLEY (a cura di), Transformative Constitutionalism in Latin America. The Emergence of a New Ius Commune, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2017, 464 p. ISBN: 9780198795919.

LORENZO CASINI: Gianluca SGUEO, Games, Powers & Democracies, Milano, Bocconi University Press, Egea, 2018, XVI-161 p., ISBN: 9788899902261.

GIORGIO MOCAVINI: Athanasios PSYGKAS, From the «Democratic Deficit» to a «Democratic Surplus». Constructing Administrative Democracy in Europe, New York, Oxford University Press, 2017, 351 p., ISBN: 9780190632762.

ELISABETTA TATI’: Anna KOCHAROV, Republican Europe, Oxford e Portland, Oregon, Hart Publishing, 2017, 198 p., ISBN: 9781509910748.


The Fifth Annual Conference of the International Society of Public Law (Felicia Caponigri and Anna Pirri Valentini)

«Government: Political Direction and Administration». First Two-Year AIPDA-AIC Seminar (Valerio Bontempi and Ludovica Sacchi)

Regulation and Sector Authority: a Series of Meetings at the «Bicocca» University of Milan (Monica Delsignore)

A Seminar on University Autonomy (Alfredo Marra)

The Observatory on Changes in Administrative Law (Vito Alessandro Cillis)