The Law of the European Institutions
Volledige vakbeschrijvingThis course focuses on the institutions involved in the European integration process, i.e. the institutions of the European Union (as created pursuant to the Treaties and secondary legislation). At the same time, this course provides an opportunity for students to be exposed to legal thinking. Law is central to the process of European integration, and it plays a greater role in European affairs than it does at national or international level. It is accordingly essential for students to become familiar with the ways of legal thought and legal reasoning, if they want to understand fully the European integration process, and European matters more generally.
Doelstellingen van dit vakAt the end of the course, students should have acquired adequate knowledge, practical skills and a critical understanding with respect to the following: •The role and significance of law in the European integration process. •The legal foundations of the European Union (EU) (as set out in the Treaties). •The institutions of the EU, their historical evolution and the horizontal relationship between them (as reflected in decision-making procedures). •The vertical relationship between the EU and the Member States (including the principles of supremacy, legality, subsidiarity, proportionality and loyalty). •The implementation and enforcement mechanisms of EU law (infringement proceedings, enforcement through national courts, review of EU action). •The position of the individual as a holder of fundamental rights and a citizen of the Union. In addition, throughout the course the students should have become familiar with legal thinking and legal reasoning, and should in particular be able to: •Find legal instruments in paper or electronic format. •Keep abreast of legal developments. •Read a legal document and extract the relevant information from it. •Put together a legal argument on a basic issue of EU law. oUse EU law to give an opinion on a simple problem.
VoorwaardenSSC1007 Introduction to Law and at least one of the following courses: SSC2060 Comparative Constitutional Law (SSC2012 Comparative Government) or SSC2024 International Law.
Aanbevolen literatuur• A copy of the EU Treaty and of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU. These can be downloaded from http://eur-lex.europa.eu/en/treaties/index.htm or they can be found in Foster (ed.), Blackstone’s EU Treaties and Legislation (last edition).
Tutorial group meetings and lectures.
Written assignments and a final written exam of case studies and essay questions. One of the written assignments will count as one exam question.
This course is a prerequisite for the following course(s)
•SSC3002 European Foreign Policy
2 sep 2019
25 okt 2019
Taal van de opleiding:Engels
Onderwijsmethode:PBL, Presentation(s), Lecture(s), Assignment(s), Paper(s)
Evaluatiemethoden:Final paper, Attendance, Participation, Written exam, Oral exam, Take home exam