- To learn the historical evolution and the basic institutional principles and functions of the EU system
- To understand the fundamental rules of the EU legal system (decision making process and adoption of legal acts, typology of legal acts, hierarchy of legal rules
- To know the rules governing the co-existence of EU law with national law (primacy, direct effect)
- To provide information on the basic rules of the EU judicial protection system
Course Content (Syllabus)
Historic introduction. Foundation and development of the European Communities and the European Union. From the Single European Act to the Treaty on the European Union and the Treaties of Amsterdam and Nice. The Constitutional Convention for the Future of Europe. The Lisbon Treaty. Foundational values and principles of the institutional system and the Union legal order. The citizenship of the Union. The EU institutions and the decision making process. Sources and features of EU Law. Autonomy, primacy and direct effect of EU law. Judicial protection in the Union.
Additional bibliography for study
- August Reinisch, Essentials of EU Law, 2nd Edition, 2012, Cambridge University Press.
- Damian Chalmers, Gareth Davies, Giorgio Monti, European Union Law, Cases and Materials, 2nd Edition
2010, Cambridge University Press.
- Paul Craig and Gráinne de Búrca, EU Law: Text, Cases, and Materials, Fifth Edition, 2011, Oxford University Press.
- J. - P. Jacque, Droit Institutionnel de l' UE, Dalloz 2012.
- L. Dubouis - C. Blumann, Droit materiel de l' UE, Montchrestien, 2012.