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Since the XXVI cycle PhD Schools at the University of Turin have been reorganized. The Doctoral School in Jurisprudence has ceased on December 31, 2010. Addresses relating to it were consolidated into two new Doctorates: Law, the Individual and the Market; Law and Institutions.

The PhD in Law, the Individual and the Market, coordinator Professor Roberto Caranta, is incorporated in the Doctoral School in Human and Social Sciences.

Doctoral Schools promote, organize and manage all activities aimed at doctoral level multidisciplinary training projects, encouraging, more fully and effectively, to achieve the goals by the doctoral courses. Moreover, Doctoral Schools are working on developing the scientific-educational competitiveness and fostered the internalization of University.

The PhD Program on Law, Persons and the Market is dedicated to research themes concerning private, comparative and international law, with a strong impact on the cultural, scientific and practical levels relating to legal studies.

Today, these themes are at the core of  law relating to personal autonomy, with respect to both the economic and non economic dimensions of legal relationships. It is well known that these themes have a strong impact on contemporary legal thinking, as well as on the new dimension of citizenship in the twenty-first century

Therefore, the program revolves around those areas of law and jurisprudence, which have been affected by the process of development and change in the law in the recent past (contractual and non contractual obligations, property law, family and inheritance laws; commercial law; labor laws). They are studied together with their procedural implications in terms of justiciability.

The above mentioned subjects are approached from a comparative perspective to develop a critical analysis of  law which can then be validated in accordance with the methodological prerequisite of legal research conducted at  international level.

Our lectures offered to phd students are both in Italian and in English. They are taught by members of the Doctoral School and by scholars from the leading European institutions. Members of the legal community, who are involved in the development of  law at its highest levels (for instance members of the European judiciary), will be also be involved as teachers in the programme. Finally, experiences abroad in foreign research centers, will also be part of the PhD program.

The general structure of the program aims at increasing our students' abilities to contribute to innovative interpretations and approaches to law. At the same time, it encourages the development of new theoretical insights, while also maintaining a critical understanding of the various dimension of the legal experience.

The PhD program is located at the frontier of the contemporary methodological approaches to private law in its a various aspects. It does so by fostering a deeper understanding of the theory of sources of law, through an analysis of the relationship between the domestic, European and international legal systems.

The PhD program's main objective is to graduate PHD graduates who will have strong methodological awareness of the issues involved in contemporary legal studies, and independent thinking skills, to meet the challenge posed by the constant evolution of  law, under the pressure of contemporary scientific and technological change.

The program finally focuses on providing the candidates with the opportunity to make use of all those contributions, which, together with comparative law, put  law within in a more general context, which includes human and social sciences. In this regard, interdisciplinary research projects by the candidates will be strongly encouraged.  

The program intersects a combination various themes included in the EU's VII Programma Quadro and the Horizon 2020 Program. Among the areas of study addressed in the program, there are a number of fields (health, information and communication technology, energy, environment, transport), which are essentially related to the above mentioned framework programmes.

The objectives of our PhD program are not merely academic. Thanks to the development of collaborations aimed at a continuous and specialized training, the program intends to move in the direction of greater integration between the academic and the professional worlds, to offer candidates and graduates the opportunity to enter the professional world at top levels of employment for the corresponding age bracket.

Graduate students reading for this PhD:

• must acquire a complete and systematic knowledge of private law, in its broadest meaning, and  master the various current methodological approaches to the subject .

•must  demonstrate their ability to define a research project, which will then become a PhD dissertation. This project must be adequately elaborated, in line with the rigorous scientific  parameters which characterize scholarly research.

• must conduct original research, which must, at least partially, be deserving of publication at the national or international level.

• must be able to communicate with their peers, the broader scientific community and the general public. For this purpose, the PhD program will include the candidates' participation in seminars, during which they will have to present their research results to the public.

Experiences offered to graduate students, aside form PhD courses  

Our PhD programs give graduate students the opportunity to participate in scholarly encounters organized by other institutions, and to present their research within eminent academic centers.

The Faculty also involves students in the organization of high level academic conferences. Students participating in the XXVII program were part of the National coordination encounter of all private law graduate students, held in Turin on the 27th and 28th of January 2012, and hosted by the graduate school itself. This conference allowed PhD students from all over Italy to meet up, present their work and receive feedback from highly qualified scholars such as Stefano Rodotà (emeritus, La Sapienza University), Antonio Gambaro (Milan State University, Lincei Academy), Olivier Guillod (Neuchatel University, Director of the Institute for Biomedicine). The PhD program also previously participated to the National private law PhD School, held between the 21st and the 25th of June 2011 in Venice

 Visit the  Admission and Enrollments page inside the Torino University site

During the first year, by attending a corresponding number of lectures, the PhD Candidate must achieve a total amount of 30 CFU (trans. "University Educational Credits") and further 30 CFU that he/she may achieve through participating actively in seminars and conferences as well as through work carried out under their tutor's supervision.
During the second year, the PhD Candidate must achieve 15 CFU by attending a corresponding number of lectures; he will achieve the remaining 45 CFU through a period of study abroad or through participating in seminars and conferences held in other Italian universities actively, as well as through individual research activity. Total number of CFU is 60.
During the third year, the PhD Candidate will devote most of his research activities to the drafting of his PhD Thesis. The PhD Candidate will also be engaged in seminars in first person, by presenting the achievements he has reached by his researches. The PhD Candidates attending the third year of the PhD Programme will be encouraged to arrange meetings with foreign or Italian experts, for the purpose of developing his/her PhD Thesis. Total number of CFU is 60.

During the three years, the PhD must spend 12 months abroad. The 12 month period may also be spent on a non-continuous basis.

A two hours lecture module is 1 CFU worth.
The lectures that the PhD Candidate chooses to attend must be coherent.
Credits related to teaching modules are approved if the PhD Candidate has attended at least 75% hours of the respective teaching module.
Attendance is verified by signing a presence sheet which is found in the classroom.


XXXIV cycle
30 September 2019: end of the first year.
27 September 2019: Deadline for sending the annual reports to (one on a lecture, seminar or conference followed during the year and the other on the research activity conducted).
In October, the Teaching Board will deliberate on the admission to the second year. The decision of the Teaching Board will be sent to the staff of the Doctorates Office, who will send an e-mail informing the students about the deadline for payment of the registration fee for the second year. The communications from the Doctorates Office will be sent to the institutional account.
XXXIII cycle
30 September 2019: end of the second year.
27 September 2019: deadline for sending the annual reports to (one on a lecture, seminar or conference followed during the year and the other on the research activity conducted), as well as the index and the bibliography of the PhD thesis.
In October, the Teaching Board will decide on admission to the third year. The decision of the Teaching Board will be sent to the staff of the Doctorates Office, who will send an e-mail informing the students about the deadline for payment of the registration fee for the second year. The communications from the Doctorates Office will be sent to the institutional account.
XXXII cycle
30 September 2019: end of the third year.
27 September 2019: deadline for sending the last year's activity report to
The positive evaluation of the Teaching Board on the activities conducted during the last year of the PhD program is a condition for the admission to the final exam.
After a positive evaluation of the last year activities, the Teaching Board will appoint at least two evaluators (plus at least one substitute) for each PhD student, after hearing the tutor's opinion, and will establish the deadline for the presentation of the thesis. The evaluators must be highly qualified professors, external to the University of Turin, to the affiliated universities that contribute to the award of the doctoral degree and to the Teaching Board. Evaluators may take on this function for more than one candidate.
The thesis, accompanied by a summary in Italian or English, is written in Italian or English or in another language with the authorization of the Teaching Board.
The thesis, which must be accompanied by a report of the PhD student on the activities carried out during the PhD and on any publications, is submitted by the PhD student to the evaluators within the deadline set by the Board. The PhD students of the XXXII cycle will be granted a maximum period of six months to send their thesis to the evaluators (31 March 2020).
The evaluators express a written analytical opinion on the thesis (within one month after receiving the thesis) and propose its admission to public discussion or postponement for a period not exceeding six months if they consider significant additions or corrections necessary.
The PhD student is required to make the required additions and/or corrections.
After this period, the thesis is in any case admitted to public discussion, accompanied by a new written opinion of the same evaluators, made in the light of any corrections or additions made.
The Coordinator acts as a link between the PhD student and the evaluators in the event of rejection by a single evaluator.
Public discussion takes place before an Examination Commission composed of at least three experts in the field (with their respective substitutes), the majority of whom are not members of the Board, appointed by the Teaching Board within 30 days since the admission to public discussion. It is possible to appoint a single Commission for several candidates. The evaluators may be members of the Examination Commission.
The Teaching Board may authorise participation in the public discussion by electronic means.
The Commission is required to complete its work within 90 days of the Dean's appointment decree.
After this deadline, the Commission that has not completed its work shall not be considered valid and the Dean shall appoint a new Commission, with the exception of those members of the previous Commission.
The final exam consists in the public discussion of the thesis. At the end of the discussion, the thesis, with a justified collective judgement, is approved or rejected. The Commission, with unanimous vote, has the right to give honors in the presence of results of particular scientific importance.
The title is issued by the Dean who, at the request of the interested party, certifies his/her achievement.
After obtaining the title, the candidate will be responsible for filing the thesis in the institutional archive with open access, which will ensure its preservation and public consultation. The University will deposit the thesis in accordance with the law at the National Libraries of Florence, Rome and Turin and in the ministerial database.
Joint Doctoral thesis agreements
The candidate will discuss the thesis according to the rules of the university where the discussion takes place.

At its meeting of 7 March 2018, the Teaching Board made admission to the third-year subject to the fact that the PhD student had at least one publication, even during the printing phase.

In order to fill in the PhD Form, the Coordinator invites the PhD students to indicate in the report on the research activity: the publications, the training activities and the periods abroad carried out in 2019 (specify only the activities organized by bodies outside the PhD). When listing publications, please specify:
1) Typology: monograph, journal article, sentence note, review, contribution within a volume (e.g. book chapter), entry in Digesto, Legal Encyclopedia, Encyclopedia of Law, proceedings, curatorship, translation, patent, etc.
2) Co-authors, if any
3) The starting and final pages of your work
4) The publisher and the city of publication
5) In case of journal article, specify the issue and the publisher
6) Keywords of your workpiece ()
7) ISSN code for journals
8) ISBN code for monographs and book contributions


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