Law of the European Union

The details
Law (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 02 July 2021
21 October 2020


Requisites for this module
LW103 or LW110



Key module for

LLB M100 Law,
LLB M100MD Law,
LLB M100MS Law,
LLB M101 Law (Including Foundation Year),
LLB M107 Law (Including Placement Year),
LLB M120 Law (Including Year Abroad),
MLAWM199 Law,
MLAWMA98 Law (Including Placement Year),
MLAWMA99 Law (Including Year Abroad),
LLB MM20 Law with Human Rights,
LLB MM21 Law with Human Rights (Including Year Abroad),
LLB MM22 Law with Human Rights (Including Placement Year),
LLB MV16 Law with Philosophy,
LLB MV18 Law with Philosophy (Including Year Abroad),
LLB MV19 Law with Philosophy (Including Placement Year),
LLB ML14 Law with Politics (Including Year Abroad),
LLB ML15 Law with Politics (Including Placement Year),
LLB ML16 Law with Politics,
LLB MN00 Law with Business,
LLB MN01 Law with Business (Including Year Abroad),
LLB MN02 Law with Business (Including Placement Year),
LLB MN10 Law with Finance,
LLB MN11 Law with Finance (Including Year Abroad),
LLB MN12 Law with Finance (Including Placement Year),
LLB MM00 Law with Criminology,
LLB MM01 Law with Criminology (Including Year Abroad),
LLB MM02 Law with Criminology (Including Placement Year),
LLB MM03 Law with Criminology (Including Foundation Year)

Module description

What are the constitutional issues around the institutional structure of the EU? How has this changed with enlargement? Understand EU law to obtain a qualifying law degree. Examine the concepts of EU law and how different areas are connected. Analyse EU law within its political and socio-economic context.

Module aims

The aim of the module is to provide you with a thorough understanding of the institutional setting of the European Union and of the Union's distinctive legal order.
The relationship between the national legal orders of the Member States and the respective legal order of the EU is to be examined and explained. The module therefore, focuses on the legal nature of the EU and its legal system, the functions of the EU institutions and their mutual interaction, the legislative process, the Internal Market and its multi-aspect functions and the procedural law of the EU.
The module provides the students with a very thorough examination of most aspects of this multi-level legal order that includes the examination of important aspects of its policies such as competition law, consumer law, internal market law and human rights law.
The overall objective of this module is to build on the foundational doctrines of public law, commercial law, international law and introduce the students to the substantive law of the EU. One of the aims of the module is to equip the students with the analytical legal skills and thorough knowledge to study EU law or commercial law further.

Module learning outcomes

The learning outcomes of the module are as follows:

* to provide a foundational knowledge of the creation and development of the European Union;

* to provide understanding of the nature and functions of the EU institutions;

* to provide a thorough knowledge and understanding of the core areas of EU substantive law (with a special focus on the law of the single market);

* to develop awareness and understanding of contemporary issues in EU law and policies;

* to develop critical skills of research and analysis regarding the EU law;

* to understand the impact of the EU legal order on the domestic legal orders of the Member States and importantly to understand the interrelationship between legal orders and institutions operating at the national and EU levels.

Module information


- Brexit and the Institutional Setting of the European Union

- The Legal Order of the European Union

- Human Rights in the EU

- The Single Market: The Free Movement of Goods (I and II),

- the Free Movement of Workers,

- the Freedom of Establishment

- the Freedom to Provide Services.

- EU Competition Law

- EU Consumer Law

- EU Procedural Law and Remedies

Learning and teaching methods

This module is taught through a mixture of weekly live webinars, pre-recorded videos, and tutorials. Each week, the module teaching team will first produce and make available on Moodle two 25-minute pre-recorded video lectures. The module teaching team will then deliver a weekly live 50-minute webinar in which they further explore key legal concepts and answer your questions about the topics. These lectures and webinars will subsequently be available online through Moodle so that you can re-watch them as part of your independent study. Alongside this, there will be five bi-weekly 50-minute small group tutorials. The module teaching team will also produce and make available on Moodle short guidance notes. These notes will introduce the material to be covered in the lectures, webinars and required readings. The notes will also contain tips designed both to help you navigate the material to be covered in the lectures and webinars and to equip you to analyse the required readings.

You will be expected to have completed the required readings in advance of your tutorials. Your tutorials will enable you to discuss the material covered in lectures, webinars and the required readings, obtain feedback on your pre-class preparation and deepen your understanding of key concepts. To help you prepare in the best possible way for your tutorials, you will be completing regular Multiple-Choice Quizzes on Moodle. The quizzes will be based on the reading set for that week so that the quiz forms part of your preparation for each tutorial. The quizzes will enable you to track your progress, understand what you are doing well, and give you clear feedback to help you manage your studies and your progress.


This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   LW302 - Formative Assignment    0% 
Coursework   LW302 - Summative Essay    50% 
Practical   LW302 - Multiple Choice Quizzes    50% 
Exam  Main exam: 24hr during Summer (Main Period) 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
40% 60%


Coursework Exam
0% 100%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Marios Koutsias, email: mkouts@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Marios Koutsias, Dr Carlo Petrucci, Dr Jessica Lawrence, Professor Steven Peers
Law General Office, lawugadmin@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Dr Hedvig Katherine Schmidt Moutsatsos
The University of Southampton
Associate Professor
Available via Moodle
Of 13768 hours, 0 (0%) hours available to students:
13768 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Law (School of)

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