At the end of this series of lectures, the student:
- can discuss the history of market integration in the EU and its theoretical underpinnings
- understands the mechanics of the fundamental freedoms (free movement of goods, services, capital, persons)
- is able to identify the key elements for distinguishing among the fundamental freedoms
- is able to legally classify, work with and critically analyse ficticious cases relating to EU substantive law
- understands the properties and dynamics of harmonization within the EU and the basic secondary law
- can identify the key elements of the landmark rulings of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and critically discuss the evolution of the EU case-law on free movement
- can discuss the 'convergence of fundamental freedoms' or the scope of 'purely internal situations'
- can work at ease with a case-based approach towards pinpointing the role of the CJEU in the completion of the EU internal market
Part of this course may be taught through online means.
Basic knowledge of EU institutional law
Course available for exchange students
Available for all levels
The internal market is one of the centerpieces of European integration, making up its core provisions and original raison d'être. While involving rules adopted by EU Member States, the EU internal market is a system that appeals to various EU neighbours which want to be able to participate in that market even if they are not Members of the EU (eg Norway, Switzerland, and soon the United Kingdom). The rules on internal market have spawned not only a considerable amount of EU legislation and case-law but also intense political and academic debates, more recently in the wake of Brexit.This course aims at presenting the foundations and the functioning of the EU internal market in a comprehensive manner, following a case-law-based approach. The course identifies the landmark rulings relating to EU substantive law and deciphers the dynamics of European integration through the analysis of those rulings. At first sight, internal market law might seem like a sprawling mix of conflicting CJEU cases and perplexing secondary legislation. Through a case-based approach, this course provides the student with a solid basis to understand this area of EU law and to form a critical and well-reasoned opinion on it. It also deals with some key issues of market integration in Europe which are of both practical and political relevance. The core of the course relates to the mechanics of the four freedoms (goods, services, capital and persons) which form the cornerstone of the internal market. It analyses the way in which market integration is achieved within the EU (and the European Economic Area-EEA), discussing both negative integration - the abolition of national obstacles - and positive integration - integration through harmonization of national laws. Specific issues that are covered include: institutional aspects of harmonization (different forms, New Approach); the substantive scope of the free movement provisions and the move towards a market access, liberal approach to free movement; the interaction among the four freedoms and their linkages; the concept of public (economic) services; services liberalisation; the social aspects of the internal market regarding consumer protection, fundamental rights etc.
Type of instructions
Combination of lectures and assignments/group work
Take-home exam (70%)
Type of exams
Individual presentation (20%)
Group assignment and presentation (10%)