LL4BG      Half Unit
Philosophical Foundations of European Union Law

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Michael Wilkinson NAB 6.28


This course is available on the Master of Laws and Master of Laws (extended part-time study). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

This course is capped at 30 students. Students must apply through Graduate Course Choice on LSEforYou.

For the LLM (Specialisms: European Law, Legal Theory, Public Law, Human Rights Law)

Course content

The course examines philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of various areas of European Union law: the nature of the EU and its legal order, its relationship to international law, the place of fundamental rights and their relationship to market freedoms or the idea of European economic constitution, which underlies the law of the Internal Market. It offers the students a deeper understanding of the structures and systems that inform EU law and thus allows them to better understand, analyse and critique EU (law).


20 hours of seminars in the MT. 2 hours of seminars in the ST.

Formative coursework

All students are expected to produce one 2,000 word formative essay during the course.

Indicative reading

J Dickson and P Eleftheriadis (eds), Philosophical Foundations of European Union Law (OUP 2011); J Habermas, The Crisis of the European Union : A Response (Polity 2012); P Lindseth, Power and Legitimacy: Reconciling Europe and the Nation-State (OUP 2010); A Moravcsik, The Choice for Europe: Social Purpose and State Power from Messina to Maastricht (UCL Press 1990); J Neyer and A Weiner (eds), Political theory of the European Union (OUP 2011); F Scharpf, Governing in Europe (OUP 1999); A Stone Sweet, The Judicial Construction of Europe (OUP 2004); JHH Weiler, The Constitution of Europe : "Do the New Clothes Have an Emperor?" And Other Essays on European Integration (CUP 1999); A Wiener and T Diez (eds), European Integration Theory 2nd ed (OUP 2009)


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.

Key facts

Department: Law

Total students 2012/13: Unavailable

Average class size 2012/13: Unavailable

Value: Half Unit

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