LL4BG      Half Unit
Rethinking EU Law

This information is for the 2020/21 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Michael Wilkinson NAB 6.28


This course is available on the LLM (extended part-time), LLM (full-time), MSc in European and International Public Policy, MSc in European and International Public Policy (LSE and Bocconi), MSc in European and International Public Policy (LSE and Sciences Po) and University of Pennsylvania Law School LLM Visiting Students. 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 the theoretical underpinnings of the EU and European Union law: it explores issues such as the nature and evolution of the EU and its legal order, its democratic and constitutional credentials, the place of fundamental rights and values and their relationship to market freedoms, the idea of a European economic constitution, and the impact of the Euro-crisis, the rule of law crisis, populism and Brexit on the trajectory of integration. It offers students a deeper understanding of the structures and systems that constitute the EU but also an opportunity to think about how European integration informs our ideas about law and the modern state.


This course is delivered through a combination of classes and lectures totalling a minimum of 20 hours in Lent Term. This year teaching will be delivered through recorded online lectures and a mix of both in-person and online classes to accommodate students who are unable to physically be on campus. This course includes a reading week in Week 6 of Lent Term.

Formative coursework

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

Indicative reading

  • K. Tuori and K. Tuori, The Eurozone Crisis: A Constitutional Analysis (Cambridge University Press, 2014);
  • J Habermas, The Crisis of the European Union: A Response (Polity 2012);
  • C Bickerton, European Integration: From Nation-States to Member States (Oxford University Press, 2012);
  • P Lindseth, Power and Legitimacy: Reconciling Europe and the Nation-State (OUP 2010);
  • L van Middelaar, The Passage to Europe: How a Continent Became a Union (Yale University Press, 2013);
  • 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)


Essay (100%) in the ST.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Law

Total students 2019/20: 14

Average class size 2019/20: 15

Controlled access 2019/20: Yes

Value: Half Unit

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