The departments of European Law (EL) and Public Economic Law (PEL) offer an introductory course on the Law of the European Union (EU) to all students without any foreknowledge of European law, be it law students or students from other disciplines (such as economy, sociology, history and the exact sciences). Topics to be dealt with include:
I.EU Institutional Law
- Introduction: general aspects of EU law, structure of the EU;
- EU Institutions and decision-making processes and legal instruments;
- Supremacy, direct effect of EU law, reception of EU law in Member States and state liability;
- Judicial protection: how to enforce EU law?
II. EU Substantive Law
- Internal market I: introduction to free movement principles, free movement of goods;
- Internal market II: free movement of services and persons;
- Internal Market III: European Union citizenship;
- Internal Market IV: introduction to competition law.
The principle aim of this course is to help students to achieve a critical and informed understanding of the way in which European Union law operates. It offers a general overview of the core principles of the treaties of the EU, secondary legislation and case law.
You are obliged to attend the plenary seminars and the tutorials and should participate actively in class discussions. In order to do so, students are expected to study in detail the mandatory literature for each week in advance. It is expected that students bring their text of the Treaty with them to each seminar and tutorial.
Beware there is a mid-term exam in this course for which attendance is compulsory. The mid-term exam will take place in the fith week of the course and the final exam in the last week. Your attendance is required, no exception will be tolerated.
Place of the course within the curriculum:
- Optional course only open for exchange students and students of the minor European Governance
Any additional requirements of the course are listed in the "Leidraad" of the course.