European Union Law

  • Summer schools
  • Department of Law
  • Application code SS-LL205
  • Starting 2018

The course offers an overview of 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. At the same time, it tackles questions about the dynamics and direction of integration, including the existential challenges posed by Brexit and the Eurozone crisis.

Session: Two
Dates: 9 - 27 July 2018
Lecturers: Dr Michael A. Wilkinson and Dr Floris de Witte


Programme details

Key facts

Level: 200 level. Read more information on levels in our FAQs

Fees:  Please see Fees and payments

Lectures: 36 hours 

Classes: 18 hours

Assessment*: One examination and one essay

Typical credit**: 3-4 credits (US) 7.5 ECTS points (EU)

*Assessment is optional

**You will need to check with your home institution

For more information on exams and credit, read Teaching and assessment


Introduction to Legal Methods or Equivalent.

Programme structure

The course syllabus is likely to include:

  • Brexit and the Future of European Integration
  • Law and Government of the Eurozone and the Euro-crisis
  • The Role of Law in the History of Integration
  • Authority of EU Law
  • Fundamental Rights
  • 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 
  • Free Movement of Goods and Services
  • Union Citizenship

Course outcomes

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 various 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 political problems that Europe faces. It will interest those with a background in law and will also appeal to those with an interest in European politics, history, economics and international relations.


LSE Law has 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 2015 QS World University faculty rankings for Law also place the LSE in the world’s top ten for the subject, making it London’s best Law School.

On this three week intensive programme, you will engage with and learn from full-time lecturers from the LSE’s law faculty. 

Reading materials

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

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