- to understand the function of the European Union
- to learn how the EU institutions work
- to realise the intedependance between Member States and the Union
- to become familiar with the characteristics of the European Union
- to know the political system of EU
- to understand the meaning of classical notions of constitutional law, like democracy, citizenship, protection of fundamental rights, constitution, when these notions are transposed from the national to supranational (European) level
Course Content (Syllabus)
Conceptual and Substantive Issues of European Constitutionalism.
1. Introduction to European Constitutional Law
2. Are the Treaties the‘Constitution’ of the Union?
3. What kind of democracy forthe Union? Is there a democratic deficit?
a. The notion of representative democracy in the Union(Art. 10 Treaty of European Union)
b. Citizens’participation to the political governance of the Union(Art. 11 Treaty of EU)
c. The role of national parliaments in the EU (Art. 12 Treaty of EU) and Protocol 1
4. European Citizenship
5. The Union and Fundamental Rights
a. the CJEU case-law
b. The Charter of Fundamental Rights as a new source of rights: legal value
c. The role of the ECHR for the protection of rights at EU level
6. Constitutional principles: Subsidiarity
a. The Council
b. The President
c. The Commission
d. The Parliament)
8. Separation of powers
9. The Relationship between EU law and national constitutions
10. The Economic Constitution ofthe Union
European Union, European Constitution, institutions of the EU, European citizenship
1) Students take a written exam at the end of semester. Grade: 30% participation, 70% exam.
2) Students orally present in the class and submit a written paper on the making of a/the Constitution of the European Union. The presentation shall be in English and extend to no more than 20 min. A written paper of approximately (± 10%) 5000 words (≈18 pages, margins 2,5 cm, Times New Roman 12, line spacing 1,5) excluding footnotes, may be submitted in English.
Grade: 30% participation, 20% presentation of own paper, 50% written paper.