The course offers an overview to the law and politics of the EU, covering the institutional, constitutional and substantive aspects of European integration. It provides an outline of the structures of the European Union, its law-making processes, and the relevant case law on free movement, citizenship, and fundamental rights, while at the same time introducing political questions about the dynamics and direction of integration.
The course syllabus is likely to include:
History of European Integration and the Role of Law
Authority of EU Law
Democracy in the EU
Institutions of the EU and the Legislative Process
The Judicial System of the EU and Enforcement of EU Law
The Area of Freedom, Security and Justice
Law and Government of the Eurozone
Free Movement of Goods and Services
The Future of the European Union after the Euro-crisis
The course will challenge you not only to understand, but also to critically assess the structures, methods and content of EU law. It will include discussion of the current crisis of the EU and its future trajectory, and involve practical problem-solving skills such as moot court exercises and simulation of inter-institutional dialogue.
The course is therefore aimed at those interested not only in the law of the EU, but also in understanding the functioning of the EU institutions and the current problems that Europe faces. It is not restricted to those with a background in law but will also appeal to those with an interest in European politics, history and economics and international relations.
On this three week intensive programme, you will engage with and learn from full-time lecturers from the LSE’s law faculty. Dr Michael A. Wilkinson, Dr Jan Komarek and Dr Floris de Witte teach on a number of our undergraduate and graduate law modules, including European Law and Government, Jurisprudence and Policy-Making in the European Union.
The 2015 QS World University faculty rankings for Law place the LSE in the world’s top ten for the subject, making it London’s best Law School.
LSE Law has also excelled once again in the UK’s nationwide assessment of research quality, impact and environment. The Research Excellence Framework results published in December 2014 show that LSE Law is the UK’s number one law school for legal research.
The basic reading for this course will consist of the new edition of Chalmers, Davies and Monti, ‘EU Law: Cases and Materials’ (CUP, 2014). Electronic materials will also be used.
*A more detailed reading list will be supplied prior to the start of the programme
**Course content, faculty and dates may be subject to change without prior notice