RULES AND MECHANISMS IN EU LAW: FUNDAMENTALS OF EU LAW

CORE MODULE (EUL) (7,5 ECTS)

Description

This module introduces students to the specific features of the EU as an autonomous legal order of a constitutional nature and its relationship with national and international law. It explores the role of Member States, the Market and the Citizen, as well as the mechanisms of judicial protection in the EU.


Objectives

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to

  • understand and use the principles of EU law
  • analyze EU law provisions and relevant case law in order to assess their impact on national laws
  • understand and use the mechanisms offered by EU law for the protection of individuals and companies
  • apply such knowledge in order to handle and solve cases of a transnational nature.

     

Contents

Topics discussed comprise the principles of supremacy, direct effect and loyalty and their implications on national law, the institutional pattern of the EU and the originality of the EU decision-making procedures. Particular emphasis will be paid to the rule of law and the mechanisms of judicial protection in the EU, as well as to the role of Member States, the Market and the Citizen as core elements of economic and political integration.


Academic Requirements

Participants are required to have at least some basic previous knowledge of EU Law.


Teaching method

The course will run under both seminar and workshop format, which requires a high degree of student activity. Students are expected to write a paper and make a presentation based on the paper (formative assessment). EU legal material (EU Treaty provisions, Regulations, Directives) as well as CJEU case law will be made available and discussed thoroughly during the courses. The course will be supported by teaching material. Specialized literature and websites will also be communicated to the students.


Lecturers

The course is taught by Associate Professor Revekka-Emmanouela Papadopoulou and Assistant Professor Metaxia Kouskouna.


Assessment and testing

  • Written exam, closed book (2 essay questions or comment on a CJEU case) - 2 hours (60%)
  • One short paper assignment (40%)