620281 :GLB: European Union Law

General info

Instruction language English
Type of Instruction Lectures. For the schedule, please check (Lecture schedule)
Type of exams Written assessment (Examination schedule)
Course load:6 ECTS credits
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Dr C. Raucea (Coordinator)


After successfully completing this course the student should be able to:

  • identify and reflect on the defining institutional and constitutional features of the European Union;
  • identify and reflect on the essential tenets of EU substantive law in as far as these relate to, in particular, the Internal Market;
  • identify and reflect on the interplay between national law, negative integration (non-discrimination), and EU law, positive integration (harmonisation);
  • identify and reflect on the external competences of the EU and the implications of the exercise of those competences for the EU and its Member States;
  • identify and reflect on the role of the Court of Justice EU in the enforcement of EU law;
  • analyse complex cases involving the aforementioned EU policies in which national, EU and/or global polities pursuing partly opposing agenda’s must co-exist (multi-level governance).


Global Law: European Union Law will address classic issues of  EU law in order to be able to answer the question how the EU has managed to develop a legal system that can function in 28 Member States and also deal with challenges from outside the EU. As such it has been a role model for co-operation beyond the State.


The course will start by looking into the unique Constitutional and Institutional Framework of the EU, the underlying rationale of EU law; the uniqueness of the sources of EU law, in particular directives, regulations and international agreements to which the EU is a party (as opposed to treaties and custom); the  sui generis nature and powers of the institutions of the EU; and the position of individuals in the EU legal order. How the institutional and constitutional nature of the EU law affects rule making will then be considered, by taking a closer look at the Internal Market (the so-called four freedoms, focussing on the free movement of goods, services and persons). How can the same standards apply in 28 Member States and how do sovereignty claims determine the legislative process? The second half of the course will start by looking into the position of the EU as an actor on the global scene sharing its external competence with 28 States which are also, by virtue of their status as a sovereign State and parties to treaties, actors on that scene in their capacity as a State. Finally consideration will be given to the role of the Court of Justice of the EU as guardian of EU law; how has it contributed towards compliance with EU law and maybe, even more importatntly, in ensuring uniform standards throughout the EU which Member States are willing to comply with.




Compulsory Reading

  1. C. Barnard and S. Peers (eds),, European Union Law (OUP), 2nd edition (2017), ISBN ISBN 978-0-19-878913-0.
  2. Outline, available via Blackboard in January 2018.
  3. Reading Pack (Case Law) EU Law 2017-2018.

Compulsory for

  • Global Law LLB track Global Law ( 2014 )

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