University of Bologna

The University of Bologna was probably the first University in the western world. Its history is one of great thinkers in science and the humanities, making it an indispensable point of reference in the panorama of European culture. The institution that we today call the University began to take shape in Bologna at the end of the eleventh century, when masters of Grammar, Rhetoric and Logic began to devote themselves to the law. In the nineteenth century a committee of historians, led by Giosuè Carducci, attributed the birth of the University to the year 1088. The University maintained its central position on the scene of global culture until the period between the two wars, when other countries came to the forefront in teaching and research. Bologna has thus been called upon to forge relationships with institutions in the most advanced countries to modernise and expand its activity. Among the many challenges which it has met with success, Bologna committed itself to the European dimension which has now led to adoption of the new university system.


Department of Law

TheDepartment of Law of the University of Bologna boasts a long-standing, prestigious tradition. Its peculiarity lies both in the wide range of study programmes and the intense research activities carried out by the teachers, as well as its efficient organisation and international dimension. The Faculty’s long-standing cooperation with the most authoritative law faculties from around the world has led to the exchange of ideas, teachers and students, increasing the Faculty’s particular sensitivity to the construction and development of the European dimension of its learning and research curricula. The rapid evolution of our complex and articulated information society and the new concepts of learning have for some time been inspiring the great European Universities to review their teaching methods, creating new disciplinary and inter-disciplinary teaching modes with a concrete view to effective international learning. Located in the heart of the city, the Faculty is an important cultural centre of Bologna, serving the community as a place of knowledge in which tradition and innovation blend to assure the constant osmosis between research, learning and the social fabric.


Master’s Course in IT Law and Legal Informatics

The course provides participants with the knowledge and research and analytical skills necessary to work their way easily through the various legal and technology-related issues involved in IT law and legal informatics. The Master’s Course in IT Law and Legal Informatics, is offered by the Bologna University School of Law, the Alma Mater Foundation (FAM) and CIRSFID (the Interdepartmental Centre for Research in the History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Law and in Legal Informatics), in collaboration with EULISP (the European Legal Informatics Study Programme) and with the patronage of the "Società italiana di Informatica Giuridica" (Italian Society of Legal Computer Science).
The course is organized in modules that cover the whole field of legal informatics and IT law: legal informatics, intellectual property and information technology, IT contracts, digital documents and electronic signatures, e-commerce, privacy protection, computer crimes, computer forensics, information technology in the public administrations, e-governance and e-government, as well as two specific teaching modules for each of the following two addresses, law and informatics for the legal operator  and law and informatics for the public administration.

Further and more detailed information about the Master’s Course can be found at the following webpage: