BL12 European Law

Module Name: 
European Law
Module Code: 
BL12
Year: 
2
Phase: 
1
Block: 
3
Prerequisite: 
High School Diploma or final Certificate, equivalent to the Netherlands HAVO Diploma
Introduction: 
This module provides an introductory guide to help you understand European Law at a time of considerable change and challenge. It offers a clear and accurate explanation of the constitutional law of the EU and the institutions, as well as the substantive law, presented in a systematic and logical way to support learning and revision.
Goals: 
  • To get understanding of the reasons that led to the creation of the European Economic Community, and that make it possible its development into the European Community, first, and the European Union, latter;
  • To get understanding of the great innovations that the Lisbon Treaty made on the European stage (TFEU, TEU, elimination of the pillars within the European Union, replacement of the terms “European Community” with Union in all legislative contexts…);
  • To develop skills of analysis of the importance of EU Institutions and their works for EU law and Member States;
  • To get understanding of the impact that EU acts can exert on national law and on EU citizens, by means of concepts as direct effects;
  • To develop skills of analyses and a critical approach for what concerns different proceedings provided by the EU system of legal protection: treaty infringement proceeding, actions for annulment, failure to fulfill an obligation, failure to act, action for damages
  • To develop skills of analysis of the limits provided by the European Union to State aids and of the impact of EU law on Member Countries decisions, in this area;
  • To develop a critical approach towards the social dimension of the European Union law, getting understanding of how it is strictly related to the purpose of creating and maintaining the Single market, rather than to give effective protection to EU citizens
Content: 

PART 1: THE CONSTITUTIONAL LAW OF THE EUROPEAN UNION

1. The development of European Union law
2 The institutions of the EU
3 The sources of Community law ; competences of the EC and EU
4 General principles of law
5 The supremacy of Community law
6 The principles of direct effect, indirect effect and state liability
7 Enforcement actions against Member States
8 Judicial review
9 Liability of the Community institutions
10 Preliminary rulings under Article 234


PART 2: FREE MOVEMENT WITHIN THE SINGLE MARKET
11 Customs duties and discriminatory internal taxation; state monopolies of a commercial nature
12 Quantitative restrictions and measures having equivalent effect
13. Union citizenship
14 The free movement of workers
15 The right of establishment and the freedom to provide services
16 Capital movements and economic and monetary union


PART 3: COMPETITION LAW AND POLICY
17 Introduction to competition
18 Article 81
19 Article 82
20 Articles 81 and 82: enforcement and procedure
21 Intellectual property
22 Competition law and state regulation

PART 4: THE SOCIAL DIMENSION
23 Social policy
24 Equality of pay and treatment 

Instruction / Study Load : 

24 Lesson hours
8 Preparation Lesson hours
8 Assignments / Homework hours
20 Exam and exam preparation hours
52 Literature ( Depending on the length and difficulty of the book ) hours

The course uses 335 pages from the book(s) and journal articles where:

  • 250 pages easy reading and understanding material –35 hours
  • 85 pages average reading and understanding material –10 Hours

Criteria:

  • Difficult reading and understanding material – 3 pages per hour
  • Average reading and understanding material – 5 pages per hour
  • Easy reading and understanding material – 7 pages per hour

Total 112 Hours

IBA Final Qualification Mapping: 
Mapped with numbers 1, 3,11 and 18 See the EEG for further reference.
Teaching Language: 
English
Teaching Methods: 
  • Classroom lecturing
  • Case study discussions
  • Feedback and presentation sessions
  • Video and film
  • Discussion sessions
  • Research Papers
Module / Lecture and seminar status: 
Compulsory
Testing and assessment: 
Written Examination (1) See the EEG for further reference.
European Credits: 
4
Required literature: 
  • Law of European Union, 4/E, Penelope Kent, Longman 2009, ISBN-10: 1405835265, ISBN-13: 9781405835268