Fall Semester (1 October - 22 December, 2022)
Comparative Constitutional Law and Digital Democracy 2022
Prof. Simone Benvenuti
The course introduces the most relevant topics of comparative constitutional law through their historical contextualization and by addressing the problems of contemporary societies in relation to technological developments. Relying on case-studies, it highlights the intersections between systems, their convergence and divergence.
The course includes a general part where the fundamental concepts and areas of Comparative Constitutional Law are introduced (constitution, constitutionalism, State and democracy, government vs. governance, separation of powers, systems of government, federalism and other types of State organization). It then focuses on selected topics of digital democracy: such as the rise of private (vs State) powers and digital constitutionalism, issues of digital surveillance, regulation of Artificial intelligence and the use of technology in relation to state structures (Judiciaries, Parliaments, Governments).
The course favours in-class discussion and the students’ involvement in classroom activities aiming at analyzing the problems discussed.