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 on the convergence of three phenomena: the currently prevalent economic development of service provision compared to the provision of goods, and the consequent outsourcing of economy, the privatization of public services and the reliance on private entrepreneurs and contractual regulations for all the most important long-lasting services; the tendency towards the automation of services, thanks to new technologies, especially IT and telematics (new and soft services contracts). The tertiary sector of economy is in a constant evolution, and it includes activities that do not produce goods but rather services; in other words, it relates to the economic activities aiming at marketing products, managing companies or utility production to satisfy people’s economic needs. And this happens because 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 tackled by traditional legislation, since they relate to different but neighbouring sectors of the legal field.
This PhD programme aims at training highly qualified researchers, expert 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 as well as public and private – both national and international – research centres, since PhD holders acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to carry out high-quality research activities that can result in publications in specialised journals, 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 more and more characterised by e-government.