The Italian Law Journal | ItaLJ

The aim of  The Italian Law Journal is to spread the study and to promote the criticism of Italian legal culture, fostering international academic debate among scholars of different traditions, particularly with regard to private law.
The journal focuses on themes of legal theory, European law, comparative and international law, in order to reconsider the constitutional identity of Italian law and its institutions. It aims to disseminate knowledge and enhance awareness of the Italian legal heritage throughout the international community.

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September 21, 2017

Italian Corte di Cassazione 5 July 2017 no 16601
In the current legal system, the purpose of civil liability law is not just to make the victim of a tort whole again, since the functions of deterrence and punishment are also inherent in the system. The American doctrine of punitive damages is therefore not ontologically contrary to the Italian legal system. However, the recognition of a foreign judgment awarding such damages is subject to the condition that the judgment has been rendered in accordance with some legal provisions of the foreign law guaranteeing the standardization of cases in which they may be awarded (tipicità), their predictability, and their outer quantitative limits. The enforcing court must focus solely on the effects of the foreign judgment and on their compatibility with public policy.


June 12, 2017

We are delighted to announce that submissions are now open for Volume 3, Issue 2 (2017), which is scheduled to be published in December 2017. The issue will host contributions in the area of corporate law and securities regulation in an ad hoc Section coordinated by Prof. Marco Ventoruzzo, entitled ‘Italian Corporate Law in the Context of a Globalized World’. The full details on the Corporate Law Section’s Call for Papers are available here.

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