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European Union Law and Politics

  • Summer schools
  • Department of Law
  • Application code SS-LL205
  • Starting 2019
  • Short course: Open
  • Location: Houghton Street, London

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: One
Dates: 17 June - 5 July 2019
Lecturers: Dr Floris de Witte, Dr Michael Wilkinson and Dr Orla Lynskey


 

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

Prerequisites

Introduction to Legal Methods or Equivalent.

Programme structure

The course syllabus is likely to include:

  • History of European Integration and Basic Concepts in EU Law
  • Institutions and Law-Making
  • The Judicial System of the EU and Enforcement of EU Law
  • Free Movement of Goods
  • Free Movement of Persons and Citizenship
  • Authority of EU Law
  • Democracy, Subsidiarity and Differentiated Integration in the EU
  • Brexit
  • Law and Government of the Eurozone
  • Area of Freedom, Security and Justice
  • Fundamental Rights
  • Free Movement of Data: A Fifth Freedom?

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.

Teaching

LSE’s Law Department is one of the world’s best. In the UK, it was ranked first for research outputs in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) and in the top 5 law departments overall by The Complete University Guide in 2018. In the 2017 QS World University rankings, the Department was ranked seventh (out of 200 departments worldwide).

Many important subjects were first taught and examined systematically from an academic perspective in LSE’s Department of Law. We pioneered the study of banking law, taxation law, civil litigation, company law, labour law, family law, aspects of welfare law, and studies of the legal system and the legal profession, and continue to be the leading thinkers in our field.

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 Barnard and Peers (eds), European Union Law, (OUP, 2017). 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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