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EU Internal Market Law


Admission requirements

This course is a compulsory course of the International Business Law bachelor track


The EU internal market is at the very heart of the European integration process. It comprises an area where the free movement of goods, persons, services and capital is ensured. This course will focus precisely on the internal market 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? Can you establish yourself as a lawyer in other EU-Member States, can your family join, can your children get study grants? What are the rules behind French cheese, Belgian chocolate, Spanish wine and Swedish bread? These are just some of the issues which will be dealt with throughout this course.
Through exercises and class discussions, students will get a practical grasp of EU substantive law and will learn to work with the EU treaties and secondary EU legislation. Students will learn to read and analyse cases of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and study some of its most important judgments.

Course objectives

Objectives of the course

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Interpret different sources of EU law on free movement, including primary and secondary law as well as case law in concrete cases

  • Apply different sources of EU internal market law, including primary and secondary law as well as case law in concrete cases

  • Explain the basic principles underlying the EU internal market

  • Express a reasoned opinion on key concepts of the EU internal market in writing.

Achievement levels

By the end of this course, students will:

  • Solve practical cases

  • Construct a legal argument in writing


The timetable of this course can be found in uSis.

Mode of instruction


  • Number of (2 hour) lectures: 5

  • Names of lecturers: Dr. V. Kosta, B. Budinksá LL.M.

  • Required preparation by students: Reading of materials prescribed on blackboard


  • Number of (2 hour) seminars: 5

  • Names of instructors: t.b.a.

  • Required preparation by students: Reading of materials prescribed on blackboard and preparation of the case studies provided for on blackboard.

Assessment method

Examination form(s)

  • 3 hour written exam (80%)

  • Written assignment (20%)

Students who fail the exam are entitled to sit a re-examination. Depending on the number of students failing the exam, the re-sit may take the form of an oral exam.
The grade for the assignment will be valid for the course and the re-sit of the academic year 2018-2019. It is not possible to re-sit the written assignment.

Regulation retake passed exams
In this course it is possible to retake an exam that has been passed (cf. art. and further of the Course and Examination Regulations), on the condition that this course is included in the compulsory components of the degree programme. Students who have passed the exam may retake the final written assessment (test) of the course. Please contact the Student Administration Office (OIC) for more information.

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


  • C. Barnard and S. Peers (eds), European Union Law, Oxford University Press, latest edition

Course information guide:
Will be made available on blackboard

Will be made available on blackboard

Recommended course materials

  • Blackstone’s EU Treaties and Legislation, latest edition (Oxford University Press)

  • Other recommended reading will be made available on Blackboard


Students have to register for courses and exams through uSis.
Exchange students have priority and will be registered for the course first. Any remaining seats will be available for students from Leiden University and other Dutch Universities.

Contact information


  • Institute: Public Law

  • Department: European Law

  • Room number secretary: B. 121

  • Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9.00 -17.00

  • Telephone number secretary: 071 – 527 3596

  • Email:



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