This course is a compulsory course of the International Business Law bachelor track.
The EU internal market is at the very heart of the European integration process. It comprises an area where the free movement of goods, persons, services and capital is ensured. This course will focus precisely on the internal market and its four fundamental freedoms. The free movement of goods, persons, services and capital will be studied through case-law of the European courts and their daily impact will be discussed: what are the consequences for natural and legal persons within the EU and how can their rights be protected? Can you establish yourself as a lawyer in other EU-Member States, can your family join, can your children get study grants? What are the rules behind French cheese, Belgian chocolate, Spanish wine and Swedish bread? These are just some of the issues which will be dealt with throughout this course.
Through exercises and class discussions, students will get a practical grasp of EU substantive law and will learn to work with the EU treaties and secondary EU legislation. Students will learn to read and analyse cases of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and study some of its most important judgments.
Objectives of the course
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
Interpret different sources of EU law on free movement, including primary and secondary law as well as case law in concrete cases
Apply different sources of EU internal market law, including primary and secondary law as well as case law in concrete cases
Explain the basic principles underlying the EU internal market
Express a reasoned opinion on key concepts of the EU internal market in writing.
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
Solve practical cases;
Construct a legal argument in writing.
The timetable of this course can be found in uSis.
Mode of instruction
Number of (2 hour) lectures: 5
Names of lecturers: Dr. D. Piqani, B. Budinska LL.M.
Required preparation by students: reading of materials prescribed on Brightspace.
Number of (2 hour) seminars: 5
Names of instructors: Dr. D. Piqani, B. Budinska LL.M.
Required preparation by students: reading of materials prescribed on Brightspace and preparation of the case studies provided for on Brightspace.
- Written exam (100%)
Students who fail the written exam are entitled to sit a re-examination. Depending on the number of students failing the written exam, the re-sit may take the form of an oral exam.
Areas to be tested within the exam
The examination syllabus consists of the required reading (literature) for the course, the course information guide and the subjects taught in the lectures, the seminars and all other instructions which are part of the course.
Regulation retake passed exams
In this course it is possible to retake an exam that has been passed (cf. art. 184.108.40.206 and further of the Course and Examination Regulations), on the condition that this course is included in the compulsory components of the degree program. Students who have passed the exam may retake the final written assessment (test) of the course if they meet certain requirements. To retake a passed exam, students need to ask the Student Administration Office (OIC) for permission. For more information, go to 'course and exam enrollment' > 'permission for retaking a passed exam' on the student website.
- C. Barnard and S. Peers (eds), European Union Law, Oxford University Press, latest edition
Course information guide:
Will be made available on Brightspace.
Will be made available on Brightspace.
Recommended course materials
Blackstone’s EU Treaties and Legislation, latest edition (Oxford University Press).
Other recommended reading will be made available on Brightspace.
Exchange students have priority and will be registered for the course first. Any remaining seats will be available for students from Leiden University and other Dutch Universities.
Students have to register for the lectures and working groups through uSis. With this registration you have access to the digital learning environment of this course in Brightspace. You may register up to 5 calendar days before the first teaching session begins.
Students have to register for exams and retakes through uSis. With this registration you also have access to the digital learning environment of this course in Brightspace You may register up to 10 calendar days before the exam or retake.
Coordinator: Dr. D. Piqani
Work address: KOG C1.19
Telephone number: 071 – 527 8503
Institute: Public Law
Department: European Law
Room number secretary: B. 1.11
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9.00 -17.00
Telephone number secretary: 071 – 527 3596