[Law] Introduction to EU Law


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Course name Introduction to EU Law
Course type Lecture
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Faculty Law
Examination office Petra Gnadt/Carmen Thies, Walther-Schücking-Institut
Short summary This course offers a first overview of the law of the European Union which, besides covering institutional and normative basics, aims to convey a deeper understanding of certain methodological and topical issues. It therefore primarily may be of interest to those students who have no prior knowledge of European Union law.

Information about study level

Study level Bachelor
Also possible for Master, All law students

Information about credit points, evaluation and frequency

Evaluation Oral or written exam
Frequency Summer semester

Information about teaching language

Teaching language English
Minimum language requirement B1
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Course Content

The first part of the course covers the basics of European Law. It will necessarily be incomplete; by focussing on structural and ethodological elements, however, students will be given the tools to deal broadly with issues not discussed in substance. Topics covered will include: the Union’s institutions, the different proceedings before the European Court of Justice,the relationship between European Union law and national law, and the internal market and its four fundamental freedoms.

Building thereupon, the second part of the course will highlight certain issues usually not discussed in depth. Focal points will include: external relations and the Union’s relationship to international law (e.g. the Court of Justice’s relationship to international courts), asylum and migration law (e.g. the Dublin system and its relationship to international refugee and human rights law; recent developments in the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights); and the multiplication of instruments for human rights protection in the European Union (general principles, the Charter on Fundamental Rights, the European Convention on Human Rights).

Reading list Bringing the relevant norm texts (in particular the Union’s onstituent treaties) to class in English is absolutely required. I recommend buying or borrowing Blackstone’s EU Treaties & Legislation 2017-2018 (ed. Nigel Foster). Pdfs of the treaties are also available online and may be used in class, though not in case of examination.
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