2195 European Law
Dr. Andreas Orator, LL.M. (NYU), diplômé (Sciences-Po), Univ.Prof. Dr. Erich Vranes, LL.M.
  • LV-Typ
  • Semesterstunden
  • Unterrichtssprache
17.09.2020 bis 27.09.2020
Anmeldung über LPIS
Hinweise zur LV
Planpunkt(e) Master
Wochentag Datum Uhrzeit Raum
Montag 05.10.2020 18:00 - 20:00 Online-Einheit
Montag 12.10.2020 16:00 - 18:00 Online-Einheit
Montag 19.10.2020 16:00 - 18:00 Online-Einheit
Montag 02.11.2020 16:00 - 18:00 Online-Einheit
Montag 09.11.2020 16:00 - 18:00 Online-Einheit
Montag 16.11.2020 16:30 - 18:30 Online-Einheit
Montag 23.11.2020 16:00 - 18:00 Online-Einheit
Montag 30.11.2020 16:00 - 18:00 Online-Einheit
Montag 07.12.2020 16:00 - 18:00 Online-Einheit
Montag 14.12.2020 16:00 - 18:00 Online-Einheit
Montag 21.12.2020 15:30 - 17:30 Online-Einheit

Ablauf der LV bei eingeschränktem Campusbetrieb

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.

Inhalte der LV

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.

Lernergebnisse (Learning Outcomes)

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.

Regelung zur Anwesenheit

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.

Leistung(en) für eine Beurteilung

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).


1 Autor/in: Craig/de Búrca

EU Law: Text, Cases, and Materials

Verlag: Oxford University Press
Auflage: 7. Auflage
Anmerkungen: Students are free to use either the – highly recommendable, though more extensive – English language textbook by Craig/de Búrca (which also includes extracts from cases and other materials) or/and the German language textbook by Streinz together with Pechstein's case-law collection (see below). As neither textbook, just as other textbooks currently available, covers all aspects of the course in due topicality and depth, the lecturers will specify and provide students with selected further readings via Learn@WU and/or e-mail, whenever appropriate. This will, in particular, apply to additional readings on the Economic and Monetary Union.
Jahr: 2020
Empfehlung: Unbedingt notwendige Studienliteratur für alle Studierenden
Art: Buch
2 Autor/in: Streinz


Verlag: C.F. Müller
Auflage: 11. Auflage
Anmerkungen: Alternative textbook in German (see above), to be read in conjunction with Pechstein (see below)
Jahr: 2019
Art: Buch
3 Autor/in: Pechstein

Entscheidungen des EuGH: Kommentierte Studienauswahl

Verlag: Mohr Siebeck
Auflage: 10. Auflage
Anmerkungen: Case-law collection (in German only)
Jahr: 2018
Empfehlung: Stark empfohlen (aber nicht absolute Kaufnotwendigkeit)
Art: Buch
4 Autor/in: Kopetzki et al

Casebook Europarecht

Verlag: Facultas
Auflage: 1. Auflage
Anmerkungen: Workbook including example cases for further self-study (in German only)
Jahr: 2019
Art: Buch

Teilnahmevoraussetzung(en) und Vergabe von Wartelistenplätzen

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.

Empfohlene inhaltliche Vorkenntnisse

Participants are expected to have a solid knowledge of the general foundations of constitutional and substantive EU law.


Erreichbarkeit des/der Vortragenden

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.

Detailinformationen zu einzelnen Lehrveranstaltungseinheiten

Einheit Datum Inhalte

Human rights and multi-level governance

  • Sources of EU fundamental rights law
  • The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights
  • Multi-level human rights protection: areas of conflict
  • The EU's accession to the ECHR

Craig/de Búrca chapter 12 / Streinz § 10; Pechstein section F


The internal market: fundamental issues and recent developments

  • The fundamental freedoms as centre of gravity of EU integration
  • Fundamental freedoms: system and structure

Craig/de Búrca chapter 18 / Streinz § 11, sections I., II. and VI.; Pechstein section G.II


The fundamental freedoms I

  • Free movement of goods: system and recent developments
  • Free movements of workers: recent developments (notably third-party effects)

Craig/de Búrca chapters 19, 20, 22, 24 / Streinz § 11, sections III., IV.1.-2. / Pechstein sections G.I and III


The fundamental freedoms II

  • Freedom of establishment: system and recent developments
  • Freedom to provide services: system and recent developments

Case study

Craig/de Búrca chapters 23 / Streinz § 11, sections IV.3.-4. / Pechstein sections G.IV-VI


The fundamental freedoms III

  • Free movement of capital: system and recent developments (notably protection against 'undesirable' foreign investments)
  • Free movement of payments: system and recent developments

Craig/de Búrca chapter 20.1-2 / Streinz § 11, section V.; Pechstein section G.VI


First exam

  • EU Charter of Fundamental Rights
  • Internal market and fundamental freedoms



Introduction to the Economic and Monetary Union

  • Introduction, history & overview of issues
  • Institutional framework
  • Reform

Craig/de Búrca chapter 21 §§ 3-5 / Streinz § 15; further readings on learn@wu


Eurozone monetary policy

  • EMU monetary rules
  • ECB monetary measures & its judicial review
  • Recent developments (incl. Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme)

Craig/de Búrca chapter 20 § 6 / Streinz § 15; further readings on learn@wu

Case study


Eurozone/EU economic policies and Banking Union

  • Coordination of economic policies & economic governance
  • Financial assistance
  • EU fiscal policy reforms (incl. European Recovery Plan)
  • Banking Union & EU financial supervision

Craig/de Búrca chapter 20 §§ 7-8 / Streinz § 15; further readings on learn@wu


Competition law; Area of Freedom, Security and Justice

  • Competition law: system & control
  • Case study on state aid
  • Judicial and police cooperation in criminal matters

Craig/de Búrca chapters 26-30 / Streinz §§ 13-14 / Pechstein section H


Second exam

  • Focus on Economic and Monetary Union, incl the role of the ECB and Banking Union
  • EU competition law
  • Area of Freedom, Security and Justice
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