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Course 2020-2021 a.y.

50222 - EUROPEAN UNION LAW

CLMG
Department of Law

Course taught in English

Go to class group/s: 19 - 20

CLMG (9 credits - I sem. - OB  |  IUS/14)
Course Director:
ELEANOR SPAVENTA

Classes: 19 (I sem.) - 20 (I sem.)
Instructors:
Class 19: VIRGINIA PASSALACQUA, Class 20: ELEANOR SPAVENTA


Mission & Content Summary
MISSION

The aim of the course is to provide a comprehensive overview of the European Union legal order and the role of law in the European integration process. The first part of the course focuses on the EU institutional architecture, the legislative and decision-making process in the EU, and the constitutional principles of the EU, including direct effect, supremacy, fundamental rights, remedies for enforcing EU law and judicial review. In the second part of the course, students acquire a deeper understanding of the substantive law of the European Union, focussing in particular on Union citizenship and the internal market (the four freedoms. All topics in the course are dealt with particular attention to current developments in EU law and the development of the case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union. Overall, the course aims to introduce students to the complexities of European integration through in-depth analysis of the case law of the Court of Justice.

CONTENT SUMMARY

The course will examine:

- The historical development of the EU

- The Institutional structure of the EU

- The decision making process of the EU

- The effect of EU law in the national legal systems

- The remedies available for State breaches of EU law

- The effect of EU law on national procedural rules

- The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU

- Union Citizenship

- The four freedoms (free movement of goods, services, establishment and workers)


Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)
KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
At the end of the course student will be able to...

- Understand the institutional framework of the EU

- Understand the constitutional and legal framework of the EU and the way it interacts with national legal systems

- Be familiar with the main areas of substantive law of the EU (Union citizenship, free movement)

- Understand the way the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU applies in the European legal system

APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
At the end of the course student will be able to...

- Be able to navigate the case law of the European Court of Justice, identify relevant cases and apply them to relevant facts

- Be able to solve a problem question using case law and relevant legal sources

- Be able to show in-depth analytical understanding of the EU legal syste


Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face lectures
  • Online lectures
  • Guest speaker's talks (in class or in distance)
  • Group assignments
DETAILS

The lectures will be complemented by guest lecturers from leading experts in European Union Law law.

The teaching will be complemented by group exercises, to facilitate discussion and further understanding, and to prepare students to solve problem questions.


Assessment methods
  Continuous assessment Partial exams General exam
  • Written individual exam (traditional/online)
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    ATTENDING AND NOT ATTENDING STUDENTS

    Written exam 100% of mark. The exam aims at assessing the ability to solve a basic problem question using case law and relevant legal sources as well as to verify the understanding of the EU legal system

     

    Repeating students belonging to the course 50164 - "The Law of the EU" (taught in English) must refer to this program (cod. 50222, a.y. 2020/21, taught in English).

     

    Repeating students belonging to courses 50192 and 50043 - "Diritto dell'Unione Europea" (in Italian) can choose whether to prepare on this program (cod. 50222, a.y. 2020/21, taught in English) OR to prepare on the 50192 - "Diritto dell'Unione Europea" course program, a.y. 2019/20, in Italian. The decision can be made when you register for the exam


    Teaching materials
    ATTENDING AND NOT ATTENDING STUDENTS

    P. Craig and G. De Burca EU Law, OUP, 7th edition, 2020

    Case law of the Court of Justice of the EU, available on www.curia.europa.eu

    Use of web resources (listed in first handout)

    Slides available on blackboard

    Articles published in specialist journals

    Last change 15/07/2020 12:36