• Constitutional foundations of the EU and recent developments (advanced);
• Internal market, fundamental freedoms, harmonisation (advanced);
• Economic and monetary union;
• Area of freedom, security, and justice;
• EU competition law (advanced).
Language of instruction
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• to autonomously analyse and assess cases governed by EU law in areas covered by the course (see above);
• in particular, to properly apply the acquired knowledge to case solutions;
• and to understand and assess the implications of both current and future developments in EU law.
Moreover, this course promotes students' skills:
• to autonomously identify and effectively synthesise problems, both orally and in writing, and to provide for adequate solutions;
• to apply acquired knowledge in practice;
• and to independently develop acquired knowledge further, thereby allowing them to effectively keep pace with new legal developments.
European Law is a course with continuous assessment (PI) which combines elements of a traditional lecture with those of a seminar or tutorial, thereby enabling students to acquire an advanced understanding of the topics covered. Students are expected to get themselves acquainted with the topics of each class (see below) in advance.
Attendance is compulsory. Students are allowed to miss two entire classes though. Students who miss the first class without prior notification to the course convenors will be deregistered from the course.
The language of instruction throughout the course will be English.
Student performance will be assessed on the basis of three written exams, the first of which will take place in the second session (5 points), whereas the second (20 points) and third exam (25 points) will take place at the middle and at the very end of the course, respectively. An additional 5 points may be achieved through active participation in class.
Grading will be as follows: 0-24,5 points Nicht genügend (5), 25-32,5 points Genügend (4), 33-38,5 points Befriedigend (3), 39-44,5 points Gut (2), 45-50 points Sehr gut (1).
Applicable to regular WU students only (not to incoming exchange students): Possible additional places will be allocated to students according to their position within the curriculum, not based upon their position on the waiting list.
Participants are expected to have a solid knowledge of the general foundations of constitutional and substantive EU law.
Directly in class and via e-mail (see above).
In addition to the textbook(s) mentioned above, students are also expected to bring along a copy of the relevant legal texts, notably the TEU, the TFEU, including protocols etc, as well as the Charter of Fundamental Rights. To this end we recommend Blackstone’s EU Treaties & Legislation, or, in case you prefer a German language collection of legal texts, the Kodex Europarecht. Home-made copies of the relevant legal texts must not be used at the exams.
Lecture slides are available online at Learn@WU (see “Learning activities”). There you can also find weekly updated content such as important judgments, journal and newspaper articles, videos, background information etc. These materials, which are not directly relevant for the exams, are designed to enable interested students to engage more deeply with the topics of the course.
Human rights and multi-level governance
Craig/de Búrca chapter 11 / Borchardt § 4.C; Pechstein section F
As regards the first exam, students are expected to prepare the topics taught in the first session together with selected chapters from Craig/de Búrca: chapter 3 (competence), chapter 4 (instruments and hierarchy of norms), chapter 7 (direct effect), chapter 9 (supremacy), chapter 11 (human rights in the EU), and chapter 13 (preliminary rulings)
The internal market: fundamental issues and recent developments I
Craig/de Búrca chapters 17-19 / Borchardt §§ 7 and 9; Pechstein sections G.I-II
The internal market: fundamental issues and recent developments II
Craig/de Búrca chapters 21-22 / Borchardt § 10; Pechstein sections G.III-V
The internal market: fundamental issues and recent developments III
Craig/de Búrca chapter 20.1-2 / Borchardt § 11; Pechstein section G.VI
Economic and monetary union (EMU): foundations und recent developments
Craig/de Búrca chapter 20.3-8 / Borchardt § 8
Competition law I: State aids
Craig/de Búrca chapter 29 / Thalmann in Klamert, EU-Recht2 (2018) 354-364; Pechstein section H.V
Competition law II: Article 101 and 102 TFEU
Craig/de Búrca chapter 26-27 / Thalmann in Klamert, EU-Recht2 (2018) 301-350; Pechstein sections H.I-III
AFSJ I: Judicial and police cooperation in criminal matters
Craig/de Búrca chapter 25 / Thalmann in Klamert, EU-Recht2 (2018) 179-182, 194-200
AFSJ II: Migration law
Peers in Barnard/Peers (eds), European Union Law2 (2017) chapter 26 / Thalmann in Klamert, EU-Recht2 (2018) 182-192