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EU Substantive Law


Admission requirements

Admission to the Master (specialisation European law): hence, a bachelor in law or a related field and sufficient proficiency in English.


This course will focus on the internal market of the EU. This is an area without internal frontiers within which the free movement of goods, persons, services and capital is guaranteed. In the first part of the course, these four fundamental freedoms will be studied. The ‘fifth freedom’ relating to EU citizenship will also receive attention.
A true internal market cannot be realised without competition rules. In the second part of this course, the emphasis will be on the competition rules of the EU, in particular the rules with regard to cartels, the abuse of dominant positions, merger control and state aid.

Course objectives

Objectives of the course
The main objective of this course is to provide students an insight into two of the most important sets of substantive EU rules, namely the free movement rules and the competition rules and demonstrate how they affect the national legal orders of the EU Member States and impact on the daily lives of EU citizens.

Achievement levels
The following achievement levels apply with regard to the course:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the core Treaty rules and principles with regard to the internal market of the EU ad EU competition law.


  • act
    The timetable of this course can be found in uSis.

Mode of instruction


  • Number of (2 hour) lectures: 10

  • Names of lecturers: Prof. mr. S. Van den Bogaert and other(s)

  • Required preparation by students: A list with compulsory and recommended reading before each lecture will be made available on beforehand, in particular on blackboard


  • Number of (2 hour) seminars:

  • Names of instructors:

  • Required preparation by students:

Other methods of instruction

  • Description: tutorial group sessions during which practical case studies will be tackled

  • Number of (2 hour) instructions: 10

  • Names of instructors: still to be determined

  • Required preparation by students:

Assessment method

Examination form(s)

  • individual paper (25%)

  • Written or oral exam (75%)

Submission procedures
During the course, students will have to submit on a number of occasions their written preparation for the tutorial group sessions. These written preparations will constitute the individual paper which counts for 25% of the final grade.

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 in Blackboard.

Reading list

Obligatory course materials
Craig & De Búrca: EU Law, Text, Cases and Materials (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2011, 5th edition)
Additional compulsory reading and case law will be made available on Blackboard

Recommended course materials
Made available on Blackboard


Contact information

  • Coordinator:

  • Work address: KOG B 1.33

  • Contact information: via secretariat, see below

  • Telephone number: 071 527 7232

  • Email:


  • Institute: Public Law

  • Department: European law

  • Room number secretary: KOG B 1.21

  • Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9-17h

  • Telephone number secretary: 071 – 527 8837

  • Email:


All relevant information with regard to this course will also be made available on “Blackboard”:


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.