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European Union Law: The Four Freedoms


Admission requirements

This course is not allowed for Bachelor of Law students! For more information please contact the coordinator.

  • Background in law, preferably students are familiar with the basics of EU law (institutions, treaties, general principles)

  • Sufficient command of English (IELTS 6.5 or higher)


This course will focus on the internal market of the EU and its four fundamental freedoms. The free movement of goods, persons, services and capital will be studied through case-law of the European courts and their daily impact will be discussed: what are the consequences for natural and legal persons within the EU and how can their rights be protected?

Course Objectives

Objectives of the course:
The objective of this course is to give students a thorough understanding of the internal market of the EU. By discussing recent events, analyzing important judgments by the European courts, reading European legislation, and solving cases themselves in the weekly assignments, students will gain a deeper understanding of the daily impact of the EU.

Achievement levels:
By the end of this course, students will:

  • have a good understanding of the functioning of the European internal market

  • be able to read case law by the European courts and analyze the main legal issues


The timetable of this course can be found in uSis.

Mode of instruction

Combination of (2 hour) lectures/seminars: 10

Assessment method

Examination form(s)

  • written exam

  • assignments

Submission procedures
Submission of the assignments through 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.


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. Weekly assignments are to be uploaded on Blackboard as well.

Reading list

Obligatory course materials

  • J. Fairhurst, ‘Law of the European Union’, 8th edition, 2010, Pearson Education


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

Recommended course materials

  • Blackstone’s EU Treaties & Legislation 2011-2012, Oxford University Press


Students have to register for courses and exams through uSis.

Contact details


  • 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 8837

  • E-mail: