PhD Programme in Law on Services in the Italian and European Legal Systems
Description and learning objectives
This PhD course is characterised by a strong interdisciplinarity and draws its scientific relevance from the convergence of three phenomena: the currently prevalent economic development of service provision compared to the provision of goods and the consequent outsourcing of the economy; the privatization of public services and the reliance on private entrepreneurs and contractual regulations for the most important long-lasting services; and the tendency towards the automation of services, thanks to new technologies, especially IT and telematics (new and soft services contracts). The tertiary sector of the economy is in a constant evolution, and it includes activities that produce not goods but services; in other words, it relates to the economic activities aiming at marketing products, managing companies or ensuring the utility of production to satisfy people’s economic needs. In addition, the deep changes in modern society are reflected in the emergence of production modes and service provision that are less characterised by traditional activities.
This growing merging of services into production results in countless legal issues that cannot be adequately approached by traditional legislation since they relate to different but neighbouring sectors of the legal field.
This PhD programme aims at training highly qualified researchers, who are experts in the analysis and concrete application of the legal instruments for service control in traditional and emerging economic sectors. Career opportunities are consequently oriented towards both the academic world and public and private research centres at the national and international levels since PhD holders acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to carry out high-quality research activities whose results can be published in specialized journals and open up work opportunities at companies where PhD holders will demonstrate their specific and innovative legal competences. Employment at independent national and European authorities is also worth mentioning, with professional figures who are increasingly required to combine research activity and the identification of operational solutions, especially in the case of public authorities that are increasingly more characterised by the e-government model.