LL436E      Half Unit
Rethinking EU Law

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Michael Wilkinson NAB6.28 and Dr Floris De Witte NAB7.24


This course is available on the Executive LLM. This course is not available as an outside option.

This course will be offered on the Executive LLM during the four year degree period. The Department of Law will not offer all Executive LLM courses every year, although some of the more popular courses may be offered in each year, or more than once each year. Please note that whilst it is the Department of Law's intention to offer all Executive LLM courses, its ability to do so will depend on the availability of the staff member in question. For more information please refer to the Department of Law website.

Course content

EU law is a fast-moving, dynamic area of law. The course will build on core knowledge of EU law and develop a number of key themes in the public law and policy of the EU and its Member States. It will provide a sophisticated understanding of the legal, political and constitutional issues surrounding the central debates in the EU, from its origins to the recent crises. Topics will include: - Law and Politics of European Integration - Fundamental Freedoms - Collective Autonomy and Social Justice - Authority of EU Law - Sovereignty, Identity and Pluralism - Political Economy - Future of the EU. The course will use general theoretical accounts in law and related disciplines in order to situate EU law in its political and social context. It uses the LSE’s unique interdisciplinary expertise in European law, constitutional theory, public law, and legal theory for a rich and varied study of the challenges facing the EU and its development.


24-26 hours of contact time.

Formative coursework

Students will have the option of producing a formative exam question of 2000 words to be delivered one month from the end of the module’s teaching session by email.

Indicative reading

Chalmers et al., European Union Law (CUP, 2014); Craig and DeBurca (eds.) The Evolution of EU Law (OUP, 2011); Maduro and Azoulai (eds.) The Past and Future of EU Law (Hart, 2010) Dickson and Eleftheriadis (eds.) Philosophical Foundations of EU Law (OUP, 2012)


Either a take-home examination or 8,000 word assessed essay (100%).

Key facts

Department: Law

Total students 2014/15: Unavailable

Average class size 2014/15: Unavailable

Controlled access 2014/15: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Communication
  • Specialist skills