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Introduction to European Union Law


Admission requirements

Sufficient English knowledge


Introduction to European Union Law provides students with an overview of the structure and nature of EU law, such as the supremacy of EU law over the national legal orders and the principle of direct effect.

The first part of the course focuses on the institutional structure of the EU with special emphasis on the relationship between the EU and the Member States and judicial protection. The second part of the course concentrates on the internal market and the economic freedoms enjoyed by European Citizens. Furthermore, attention will also be given to the consequences of the introduction of the Lisbon Treaty.

During the course, students will be required to familiarise themselves thoroughly with the materials of the subject matter. Furthermore, students will be introduced to carrying out legal research in European law through the internet in order to acquire the skills which are vital in their further career.

Course objectives

Objectives of the course:
This course intends to introduce students to the EC legal order and is especially designed for students who do not have sufficient prior knowledge of European law or who wish to refresh their knowledge in order to lay the groundwork for future courses. 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 EC.

Achievement levels:
After this course, students will:

  • have a good 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;

  • be able to conduct independent research in EU databases.



Mode of instruction


  • Number of (2 hour) lectures: 18 classes

  • Names of lecturers: Ms. N. F. Idriz LL.M.

  • Required preparation by students: The students are expected to be familiar with the prescribed materials with a view to taking part in class discussions, and present cases.


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Other methods of instruction

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Assessment method

Examination form(s)

  • Written exam.

  • Oral presentation

Submission procedures

Areas to be tested within the exam
Compulsory materials, reader and any topics discussed in class


Yes: 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

  • N. Foster, Blackstone’s EC Legislation, 20010 / 2011, 21st Edition

  • N. Foster, Foster on EU Law, Oxford University Press, 2009

Course information guide:

  • See in Reader


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

Recommended course materials:

  • Craig & de Búrca, EU Law, Text, Cases and Materials, Oxford University Press, 2008


Students have to register for courses and exams through “U-twist”:

Contact details

  • Coordinator: Narin F. Idriz

  • Work address: KOG, room B1.24

  • Contact information: Tuesday and Thursday, 11:00-12:00

  • Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 7376

  • E-mail:


  • Institution: Public Law

  • Division: European Law

  • Room number secretariat: KOG, B.1.21

  • Opening hours: Monday to Friday 09:00 – 17:00

  • Telephone number secretariat: +31 (0)71 527 8837

  • E-mail: