Introduction to the Law of the European Union

The details
Law (School of)
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
05 August 2019


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Module description

What legal issues are involved with widening the EU? How is EU law supreme? What damages are there for non-implementation of a directive? Study EU constitutional and substantive law. Understand the role of EU institutions and build knowledge of EU law for gender equality, free movement of workers and competition.

Module aims

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.

Module learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module, the students will be able to:
- 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.
- Apply the fundamental principles of EU law, such as the doctrine of direct effect, supremacy of EU Law and state liability.
- Explain and apply substantive principles of EU Law which are common to the law of the Member States.
- Apply the relevant legal principles to specific cases.

Module information

Week 2 – Introduction to LW430, the EU, and its Institutions

Week 3 – Competences of the EU and EU Law Making

Week 4 – Fundamental Rights

Week 5 – Sources of EU Law, Direct Applicability and Direct Effects of EU Law

Week 6 – Enforcement of EU Law

Week 7 – Introduction to the Internal Market

Week 8 – Free Movement of Goods and Services

Week 9 – Free Movement of Goods and Services

Week 10 – Free Movement of Persons and EU Citizenship

Week 11 – In Class Discussion of Current Issues in the EU

Learning and teaching methods

Interactive weekly lectures.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework Summative Essay

Overall assessment

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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Malakee Makhoul
Law General Office, 01206 872529, lawugadmin@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Dr Hedvig Katherine Schmidt Moutsatsos
The University of Southampton
Associate Professor
Available via Moodle
Of 22 hours, 22 (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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