During the winter term 2020/21 the PI European Law will generally be offered in distance-teaching mode:
- The course units will be taught as webinar units via Zoom, on the respective dates announced in the syllabus.
- The mid-term and final exams will take place, if possible, on campus. Please expect separate information on if the exam may take place on-site and which form these may take.
As regards attendance, the general “Attendance requirements” apply.
More detailed information will be circulated during the first course unit.
This course builds on and substantially deepens and develops further knowledge conveyed at undergraduate level. Its core contents are as follows (emphasis may differ from term to term in line with current developments):
• Constitutional foundations of the EU, with a focus on the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights (advanced);
• Internal market, fundamental freedoms, harmonisation (advanced);
• Economic and Monetary Union, with a focus on recent developments and the Banking Union;
• Area of freedom, security, and justice;
• EU competition law.
Upon completion of this course students will be able:
• 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.
Attendance is compulsory. Successful passing of the course is not possible in case of absence going beyond two classes (i.e. more than 4 hours).
Students who miss the first class without prior notification of the lecturer will be deregistered from the course.
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 (i.e. 4 hours) though. Students who miss the first class without prior notification of the lecturer 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 two written exams: The first exam will take place on Monday, 16 November 2020 (50 % of the overall grade) and the second exam on Tuesday, 22 December 2020 (50 % of the overall grade).
Additionally, extra points (up to 10 % of the overall grade) may be achieved through active participation.
Grading will be as follows: 0 to 49.5 % Nicht genügend (corresponds to the grade 5), 50 to 62.5 % Genügend (corresponds to the grade 4), 63 to 74.5 % Befriedigend (corresponds to the grade 3), 75 to 87 % Gut (2), 87.5 % and more Sehr gut (corresponds to the grade 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.
Inhalte der Lernplattform
Lecture slides are available online at Learn@WU (see “Learning activities”), as are mandatory readings for EMU law (cases, documents & papers).
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.