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Basic Course European Union Law


Admission requirements



Basic Course European Union Law aims to provide students with an overview of the most important elements of European Union law. It covers institutional law issues, such as the supremacy of EU law, legal protection and the position of the institutions in the decision making process, as well as substantive law issues, such as the free movement of persons.

This course is closely connected to one of the three components of the research programme ‘Securing the rule of law in a world of multi-level jurisdiction’, i.e. the institutional structure of the Union.

Course objectives

Objectives of the course:
This course intends to introduce students to the EU legal order and is especially designed for students who do not have sufficient prior knowledge of European law. Students will be introduced to the system of case law of the European Courts of Justice and will be taught to systematically read and analyse cases as well as legislation of the EU.

Achievement levels:
After this course, students will:

  • have a basic understanding of the structure and nature of the EC legal order,

  • be able to systematically read case law of the European Courts of Justice and analyse the essential parts.


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Mode of instruction


  • Number of (2 hour) lectures:

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  • Number of (2 hour) seminars: Two 2-hour classes for five weeks

  • Names of instructors: to be confirmed

  • Required preparation by students: Students are expected to be familiar with the prescribed materials with a view to taking part in class discussions.

Other methods of instruction

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Assessment method

Examination form(s)

  • Written exam.

Submission procedures

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.


The course will be supported by Blackboard. On Blackboard, reference will be made to additional information, organisational as well as substantial matters. Blackboard will also be used to give students the opportunity to ask questions.

More information on this course is offered in “Blackboard”:

Reading list

Obligatory course materials

  • to be announced

Course information guide:

  • none


  • Reader, available at Onderwijsmaterialen (KOG, room A.045)

Recommended course materials:

  • to be announced


Students have to register for courses and exams through uSis.

Contact details

  • Coordinator: to be confirmed

  • Work address: KOG, room ….

  • Contact information: Through appointment by email

  • Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 xxxx

  • E-mail:


  • Institution: Public Law

  • Division: European Law

  • Room number secretariat: KOG, room B1.21

  • Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9:00-17:00

  • Telephone number secretariat: +31 (0)71 527 7760

  • E-mail: