Structure and Courses

The entire length of the program is three years, each worth 60 credits, for a total of 180 credits.

The first semester of the first year consists of the following common courses:

  • Constitutional values and enterprise (10 hours – 4 credits);
  • Public regulation of enterprise (20 hours – 8 credits);
  • Collective agreements and business systems (25 hours – 10 credits);
  • Justice and functioning of the economy (25 hours – 10 credits).

There will also be a technical class on the use of legal databases.

The second semester of the first year consists of the following courses:

  • Economic analysis of the law (20 hours – 8 credits);
  • Alternative dispute resolutions (20 hours – 8 credits);
  • Administrative liability resulting from crimes of companies, institutions, and associations even without legal personality (20 hours – 8 credits);
  • Organization, liability and tax burdens in groups of companies (20 hours – 8 credits);

The third semester consists of the following courses:

  • International jurisdiction: courts and tribunals (20 hours – 8 credits);
  • Liberalization processes and competition (20 hours – 8 credits);
  • Methods of financing an enterprise (20 hours – 8 credits).

From the fourth semester onwards, PhD students will be committed to planning and writing their doctoral dissertations.

Admission requirements

The D.R. n.234 of 19 December 2018 has been issued the call for the comparative evaluation for admission to the XXXV cycle PhD courses, for the submission of applications to the Law and Business PhD program for the academic year 2019/2020 - XXXV cycle.

The deadline for submitting applications is on the April 12, 2019 at 16:00 (CEST), UTC + 2.


The admission process is designed to establish the candidate’s knowledge, his/her aptitude for scientific research, and whether the PhD program’s research topics are suitable for the candidate.

Admission is based on:

  • An evaluation of the candidate’s academic qualifications and other relevant factors in the curriculum vitae;
  • An evaluation of the publications submitted;
  • An evaluation of the research project submitted, also with regard to the curricula covered by the PhD program; for cycle XXXV the research project has to concern any subject relating to the topic of "Innovation";
  • Once the curriculum vitae and research project have received a positive evaluation, candidates will take a written exam in accordance with the criteria specified in the call for applications. In the written exam, candidates can choose from six topics, irrespective of their research project. Specifically, two groups of subjects are identified for each curriculum. For each group of subjects, one topic is selected from the three topics suggested by the Commission, among specific themes. Non-Italian citizens and Italian citizens that reside abroad can write the exam in English. However, during the oral exam they will have to prove that they have an adequate knowledge of Italian;
  • An oral exam relating to the research project submitted and related topics and issues. Candidates must also demonstrate a good command of English.

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