Course Code : LAW 209 & LAW 210

Course Title : European Union Law I & European Union Law II

Weekly Teaching Hour: 3-hours lecture per week, 1 (1-hour) tutorial every week

Who may enrol : Compulsory for all year 2 (Sophomore) LLB students

Prerequisites : N/A

Lecturer : To be announced on August 2020

Description : This course examines some key institutional and substantive aspects of EU law.

EU law is a fast-moving, expanding, and highly relevant field of law, much influenced by economic and political developments in Europe and beyond.  It has developed its own jurisprudential foundations, making it a unique legal system shared between now 28 sovereign European countries.  Most importantly, it determines directly, what the law is and what rights persons or companies have in many different walks of life.

The overall objective to build on the grounding in the foundational doctrines of EU law acquired during the first-year Public Law course: on the democratic deficit, division of competences, supremacy and direct effect of EU law.

The course then introduces the substantive law of the EU, in particular the free movement of goods; the concept of EU citizenship; and the protection of human rights in and by the EU. It concludes with a critical overview of a number of key law and policy topics, such as the ‘democratic deficit’ debate and the economic governance of the EU.

One of the aims of the course is to equip you with the legal skills and knowledge to study EU law further, or identify a specific area for future research or practice. We encourage a critically informed approach to studying EU law.

On 23 June 2016, around 53% of the UK electorate voted for the UK to leave the EU (Brexit). The Brexit question is integrated into the study of EU law, including in relation to the constitutional aspects and the substantive aspects of EU law.

Recommended Textbook (s) and Supplementary Books :

  1. A Textbook of European Union Law, by Andrew Evans (Author), Hart Publishing, ISBN-10: 190136237X ISBN-13: 978-1901362374
  2. Law Express: EU Law, 6th edition, by Ewan Kirk  (Author), Publisher: Pearson; ISBN-10: 1292210184 , ISBN-13: 978-1292210186
  3. European Union Law: Text and Materials 4 edition , by Damian Chalmers  (Author), Gareth Davies (Author), Giorgio Monti (Author), Cambridge University Press; ISBN-10: 1108463592, ISBN-13: 978-1108463591
  4. Reading lists and other materials will be provided for students registered on the course via online by lecturer.

Course Assessment:

  • Class Participation 10%,

  • Mid-term Examination 30%,

  • Assignments 10%, 2 x formative essays

  • Final Examination 50%, 100% Unseen 3-hour written examination

Attendance 95 % compulsory.