At the end of this course, students will be able to critically analyse key areas of EU law and to apply the acquired knowledge of primary and secondary law, and of the CJEU’s case law to practical cases. Students will also be able to understand and critically assess the relationship between the European Union and its Member States, and the role of the CJEU and national courts in ensuring compliance with European Union law.
The specific learning goals for this course are:
LG1: Give an account of EU institutional Law.
LG2: Understand and illustrate the relationship between EU Primary Law and EU Secondary Law.
LG3: Discuss and apply EU (secondary) Law (in the areas of Internal Market, Citizenship, Competition Law).
LG4: Understand and illustrate the relationship between EU Law and National law (in the areas of Internal Market, Citizenship, Competition Law, Judicial Protection).
LG5: Indicate, interpret, and apply key principles and rules established by the CJEU in its case law (in the areas of Internal Market, Citizenship, Competition Law, Judicial Protection). LG6: Understand, explain, and differentiate the role of the CJEU and the role of national courts in ensuring compliance with European Union law.
Moreover, for students following the GL tracks, the following two specific learning goals have been formulated:
LG7: Understand and assess the ‘EU’ project as a form of supranational cooperation to address global challenges
LG8: Understand and explain the impact of EU law on the international scenario
The course "European Union law" will build on the knowledge and skills acquired by students in the course "Introduction to International and European Law". After a brief introduction to the European project the focuss will shift to the following key areas of European law: institutional law, general principles of EU law, judicial protection, the Internal market, Competition law and state aid. The students will be introduced to leading cases of the Court of Justice and the General Court as well as secondary EU legislation regulating these policy areas which they will be expected to apply to problem cases during the tutorials. The interaction between the various policy areas and the implications of EU law for national law will also be discussed. Students are required to prepare and submit assignments, which will be discussed during the tutorials. These assignments aim at helping students to analyse provisons of EU law and apply them to problem cases. They are also designed to help students critically assess the legal framework in the light of the Court of Justice's case law.
Type of instructions
Top-Classes (for Global Law students)
Type of exams
Written Exam + Assignments
This course will build on the knowledge and skills acquired during the course: Introduction to International and European Law