LL.B. or equivalent undergraduate degree or admission to the LL.M. Programme (European Law).
This course is a solid introduction to the law of EU institutions and their action. It deals with the main legal and doctrinal questions in the field and builds a coherent understanding of the Union as a system of government. The course consists of two parts. The first part deals with the basics of EU institutional law and principles in the standard or orthodox way. It is concluded by an examination. The second part uses a constitutional frame of analysis and makes frequent excursions to the structures of action belonging to other international organizations and to states.
The Course is given in the form of ten lectures and ten seminars.
Objectives of the course
This course is aimed at providing students with the foundations of EU law. This will include:
Knowledge of the institutional architecture of the EU
Horizontal relationship between the institutions
Vertical relationship between the EU and its Member States
Law and policymaking processes
Judicial review and enforcement mechanisms
Nature of the EU legal order
Sources of EU law, in particular the general principles of EU law.
The following achievement levels apply with regard to the course:
Understanding of the foundations of EU law, enabling successful attendance of remaining courses in the LL.M. Programme
Carry out research in the areas of EU law covered.
Solve practical cases in the areas of EU law covered.
The timetable of this course can be found in uSis.
Mode of instruction
Number of (2 hour) lectures: 10
Names of lecturers: Prof.W. T. Eijsbouts
Required preparation by students: Students are expected to have done the required reading in advance.
Number of (2 hour) seminars: 10
Names of instructors: Prof. W.T. Eijsbouts, A. Cuyvers LLM
Required preparation by students: Students are expected to have done the required reading in advance and to have prepared the exercises in the course book.
Other methods of instruction
Description: RIO trip
Number of (2 hour) instructions: a visit to the European Institutions in Strasbourg, Luxemburg and Brussels (non-compulsory) in week 42
Names of instructors: not applicable
Required preparation by students: to be published on Blackboard
Basic exam concluding first part, worth 30% of the final result. A pass is necessary to take final exam.
Written exam (3 hours) – worth 70% of the final result
To be announced in course book and/or on Blackboard.
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.
More information on this course is offered on Blackboard.
Obligatory course materials
Craig & De Burca EU Law (post Lisbon edition)
Treaty texts and secondary legislation:
N. Foster, Blackstone’s EU Treaties & Legislation, latest edition.
Reader as provided
Registration using uSis.
Co-ordinator: Prof.Dr. W.T. Eijsbouts
Work address: Steenschuur 25, room number B.1.37
Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 7392
Institute: Public Law
Department: European Law
Room number secretary: B.1.21
Opening hours: Daily, 9:00-17:00
Telephone number secretary: +31 (0)71 5278837
Belangstellenden die deze cursus in het kader van contractonderwijs willen volgen (met tentamen), kunnen meer informatie vinden over kosten, inschrijving, voorwaarden, etc. op de website van Juridisch PAO.