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Course module: 620248-B-6
GLB: European Union Law
Course info
Course module620248-B-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg Law School; EST TLS;
Is part of
B Law: Track International and European Law
B Global Law
dr. M.F. Haag
Other course modules lecturer
Dr C. Raucea
Other course modules lecturer
A.V. Ruiz Feases
Other course modules lecturer
Lecturer J. Somsen
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2019
Starting block
SM 2
Course mode
Registration openfrom 09/01/2020 up to and including 02/08/2020
By the end of this course, students will be able to
LG1: Know and explain: a) how EU Institutions work,  b) the relation between EU Primary Law and EU Secondary Law, and c)  the relationship between EU Law and National Law
LG2: Discuss and apply substantial EU rules (both primary and secondary Law) in the areas of free movement of goods, free movement of persons, and competition law.
LG3: Indicate, interpret, and apply key principles and rules established by the CJEU in its case-law (in the three areas of institutional law, free movement of goods, free movement of persons and competition law)
LG4: Explain how the EU system of judicial protection works, and critically differentiate the role of the CJEU from the role of national courts in ensuring compliance with European Union Law.
LG5: Discuss how European Union Law influences and is influenced by different levels of governance (both national level, and international level)





Content and Method of Instruction
This course will be structured in 5 modules. Each module will include both main lectures and tutorials. For tutorials, students will be divided in 3 tutorial groups.
The modules will be  organized as follows:

Module I
Lecture 1: (2 h) Introduction to the EU: structure and functioning
Lecture 2: (2 h) The interplay between EU law and domestic Law
Tutorial 1: (2 h) Discussing assignment 1 on direct effect
Module II
Lecture 3: (2 h) The project of an ‘Internal Market’ and the removal of Fiscal Barriers
Lecture 4: (2 h) Free Movement of Goods: the principle of mutual recognition and its limitations
Tutorial 2: (2 h) Discussing assignment 2 on Measures Having Equivalent effects and other obstacles to FM of goods
Module III
Lecture 5: (2 h) Free Movement of persons: workers and quasi-workers under EU Law
Lecture 6: (2 h) European Citizenship: is it time to move beyond the cross-border rule?
Tutorial 3: (2 h) Discussing assignment 3 on Free Movement of persons for economically active and inactive citizens

Module IV
Lecture 7: (2 h) Competition Law: part 1
Lecture 8: (2 h ) Competition Law: part 2
Tutorial 4 (2 h)  Discussing assignment 4 on competition law
Module V:
Lecture 9: (2 h) The EU judicial system of protection and Enforcement Action
Lecture 10: (2 h) Protecting Rights in the EU: Preliminary Rulings and Annulment Action            
Tutorial 5: (2 h ) Discussing assignment 5 on direct and indirect actions

Guest Lecture (3 h)  The erosion of Rule of Law in Europe?

Type of assessment

First attempt:
Final grade = 20 % assignment grade + 80 % written exam
  To receive an assignment grade students must submit all the 5 assignments on Canvas. One assignment (between assignments 2,3,4,5) will be randomly selected and grade. The same assignment will be graded for all students. Students who do not submit assignments 2,3,4,5 according to the deadline will automatically receive 0 as assignment grade.
The duration of the written exam is 120 minutes. The written exam will consist of short open-ended questions.

Final grade = 100 % written exam
The duration of the resit written exam is 180 minutes. The written exam will consist of short open-ended questions + 1 case. The second written exam will count as resit opportunity both for the assignment grade and for the first chance to sit the written examination.

Course available for exchange students
Conditions of admission apply
Contact person
Dr C. Raucea
Timetable information
GLB: European Union Law
Required materials
List of literature
The list with required reading material will be included in the syllabus.
Copies of the European Union Treaty and of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union which cover amendments made by the Treaty of Lisbon. Copy of the relevant EU secondary legislation indicated in the syllabus as compulsory for this course. It is recommended the use of the bundle: N. Foster, Blackstone's EU Treaties and Legislation; but students can also download and print the versions of the Treaties and EU secondary legislation available on EUR-lex.
The syllabus of the course will be published on Canvas. Students are required to read carefully the Syllabus, which will include detailed information on the goals of the course, on the course structure, on the required material, and on the examination.
Published in August 2017 (One copy is available for inspection at TiU library) Description Written by experts, this innovative textbook offers students a relevant, case-focused account of EU law. Under the experienced editorship of Catherine Barnard and Steve Peers, the text draws together a range of perspectives on EU law designed to introduce students to the key debates and case law which shape this vast subject.
Title:European Union Law
Author:Catherine Barnard and Steve Peers (eds)
Publisher:Oxford University Press
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Paper (20%)

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