LW430-4-AU-CO:
Introduction to the Law of the European Union

The details
2019/20
Law (School of)
Colchester Campus
Autumn
Undergraduate: Level 4
Current
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
15
04 October 2019

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

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Module description

This module is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to the law of the European Union. It will commence with a study of the constitutional law of the EU and conclude with an examination of the substantive law of the EU. Students are able to take this module ab initio; no preliminary study of law is required and there are no pre-requisites. Students will have one two-hour lecture per week during the autumn term starting in week 2 and are expected to attend this weekly lecture.

Module aims

The module seeks to provide a basic understanding of the institutional, constitutional, and substantive law of the European Union. It seeks to introduce students to the workings of the European Union and enable them to understand how the European Union institutions engage in law-making processes, what the result of these processes are, and how the outcome of EU legislation directly affects the day-to-day life of citizens residing at EU Member States. The module does not cover aspects of EU law in depth but instead seeks to equip students with a broad understanding that can be used as a starting point for further studies on the subject of European Union law.

Module learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module, the students will be able to:
• Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of EU law.
• Critically evaluate the institutional, substantive and constitutional dimensions of European integration.
• Explain the different roles of the institutions of the EU, and the allocation of competences between the EU and its Member States.
• Explain the fundamental principles of EU law, such as the doctrine of direct effect, supremacy of EU Law and state liability.
• Illustrate and apply the substantive principles of EU Law which are common to the law of the Member States.
• Understand the changing relationship of the UK with the European Union

Module information

Syllabus outline
Week 2 - Lecture 1: Introduction & Development of the EU (Dr. Karatzia)
Week 3 - Lecture 2: Actors of EU law (EU institutions) & the law-making process (Dr. Petrucci)
Week 4 - Lecture 3: Sources of EU law (Competences) (Dr. Karatzia)
Week 5 - Lecture 4: Supremacy and Direct Effect (Dr. Karatzia)
Week 6 - Lecture 5: Public Enforcement of EU law (Article 258-260 TFEU) (Dr. Petrucci)
Week 7 - Lecture 6: Private Enforcement by individuals in National Courts - Preliminary Reference (Dr. Petrucci)
Week 8 - Lecture 7: Free Movement (Dr. Zouridakis)
Week 9 - Lecture 8: Free Movement (Dr. Zouridakis)
Week 10 - Lecture 9: Free Movement (Dr. Zouridakis)
Week 11 - Lecture 10: UK, EU, and Brexit & Revision (Dr. Karatzia)

The module is based predominantly on the lecture method and your participation in the classroom is essential. The lectures are designed to be interactive hence you will be expected to have some familiarity with the work to be covered in each lecture so that you can meaningfully participate. In the weekly schedule of the module, which is attached below, you will find the relevant reading per lecture as well as some questions. You should try and answer the questions or have a few things to say about each of them, before coming to class. The power point slides for each lecture will be uploaded on Moodle.

All the information, including a week-by-week timetable of the lectures and interactive workshops and the questions to prepare for the lectures, is available in this module handbook and on the Moodle channel of the course.

Learning and teaching methods

The module is based predominantly on the lecture method and your participation in the classroom is essential. The lectures are designed to be interactive hence you will be expected to have some familiarity with the work to be covered in each lecture so that you can meaningfully participate. In the weekly schedule of the module, which is attached below, you will find the relevant reading per lecture as well as some questions. You should try and answer the questions or have a few things to say about each of them, before coming to class. The power point slides for each lecture will be uploaded on Moodle. All the information, including a week-by-week timetable of the lectures and interactive workshops and the questions to prepare for the lectures, is available in this module handbook and on the Moodle channel of the course.

Bibliography

  • Schütze, Robert. (2015) An introduction to European law, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • (no date) Time line of the EU.
  • Craig, P. P.; De Búrca, G. (2015) EU law: text, cases and materials, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Treaty on the Function of the European Union, https://eur-lex.europa.eu/resource.html?uri=cellar:41f89a28-1fc6-4c92-b1c8-03327d1b1ecc.0007.02/DOC_1&format=PDF
  • Foster, Nigel. (2018) EU law: directions, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • (2017) European Union law, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Treaty on European Union, https://eur-lex.europa.eu/resource.html?uri=cellar:2bf140bf-a3f8-4ab2-b506-fd71826e6da6.0023.02/DOC_1&format=PDF
  • (no date) European Commission - YouTubeEuropean Commission.
  • ARC Resources for Blackstone's Statutes Series: resources, https://oup-arc.com/access/statutes-resources#all_resources
  • Woods, Lorna; Watson, Philippa; Costa, Marios. (2017) Steiner & Woods EU Law, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Europarltv, https://multimedia.europarl.europa.eu/en/home?referer="www.europarltv.europa.eu"
  • Horspool, Margot; Humphreys, Matthew; Wells-Greco, Michael. (2018) European Union law, New York: Oxford University Press.
  • The Future relationship between the UK and the EU, https://global.oup.com/uk/orc/law/eu/eulaw/resources/relationship/
  • Smismans, Stijn. (c2015) 'Democracy and Legitimacy in the European Union', in European Union politics, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Summative Essay  17/01/2020   

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Anastasia Karatzia, email: a.karatzia@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Anastasia Karatzia, Dr Carlo Petrucci, Dr Georgios Zouridakis
Law General Office, 01206 872529, lawugadmin@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
Yes
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External examiner

Dr Hedvig Katherine Schmidt Moutsatsos
The University of Southampton
Associate Professor
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 20 (100%) hours available to students:
0 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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