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EU Law


Admission requirements

Admission to the MA International Relations, track European Union Studies.


This course will explore the legal dimension of European integration. The EU is unique in its institutional set-up, its supranational legal order and its interplay with the legal order of its Member States. Accordingly, the course will outline on the main chapters of EU constitutional and substantive law. Special attention will be paid to the four freedoms and to fundamental rights in the EU.

Course objectives

Having successfully completed the course, students will be familiar with the main legal questions that arise in the context of the EU. They will have good understanding of the particularities of the EU legal order and decision making as well as the main areas of substantive law. In terms of skills, the students will be able to find sources (judgments, secondary legislation) and to identify the important elements of these sources.



Mode of instruction


Course Load

Total course load for the course: 5 EC x 28 hours = 140 hours

  • Hours spent on attending lectures and seminars: 2 hours per week x 14 weeks = 28 hours

  • Time for studying the compulsory literature: 112 hours

Assessment method

  • Participation (20%);

  • Take home examination (80%). The take home examination consists of a problem question (70% of the exam mark) and a research question (30% of the exam mark).


The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average.


In order to be eligible for the resit, students have to have failed the course.

Exam Review

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.


Yes, see Blackboard.

Reading list

  • Schütze, EU Treaties and Legislation (Cambridge University Press);

  • Chalmers, Davies and Monti, European Union Law (Cambridge University Press).


Via uSis.

Contact information

Dr. J.S. Oster