Constitutional Law of the EU

Course Information
TitleConstitutional Law of the EU / Constitutional Law of the EU
FacultySocial and Economic Sciences
SchoolPolitical Sciences
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorTriantafyllia lina Papadopoulou
Course ID600022580

Programme of Study: International Studies: Specialization in European Studies

Registered students: 10
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSCompulsory Course1110

Class Information
Academic Year2023 – 2024
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Class ID
Course Type 2021
Specialization / Direction
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
Basic knowledge of EU law
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students will: - know the constitution of the EU and understand the functioning of the EU and its institutions - aware of the interdependence of the Member States and the Union; - are familiar with the fundamental features of the EU - understand the reconceptualisation of key concepts of constitutional law (democracy, citizenship, protection of rights, constitution) when transposed from national to EU level
General Competences
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
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 7. Institutions 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
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment1405.1
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities40.1
Written assigments923.3
Student Assessment
Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative) Written Assignment (Summative) Performance / Staging (Formative)
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
Additional bibliography for study
Koen Lenaerts, Piet Van Nuffel, Tim Corthaut, EU Constitutional Law , 2021 Robert Schütze, European Constitutional Law, Third Edition, 2021 Allan Rosas, Lorna Armati, EU Constitutional Law. An Introduction, Hart Publishing, Oxford 2018
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