Law and Institutions of the European Union
This information is for the 2021/22 session.
Dr Floris De Witte
This course is compulsory on the BA in Anthropology and Law. This course is available on the LLB in Laws. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.
It is recommended that this course is taken in the second year of the LLB.
It is available to second and third year LLB and BA Anthropology and Law students. It is also available as an outside option to second and third year students where regulations permit.
The course is an introduction to European Union Law. The course considers a legal and political system which has become the most formidable system of transnational government in modern times. It is also a system that has become, in recent years, a source of continual political conflict: both over the content of its measures and the presence of its involvement in many spheres of activity. Discussions on the democratic nature of the EU, the relationship between the welfare state and EU law, and its very existence for example, will be covered in this course. Special attention will be given to the three major crisis that the EU is facing: the Euro-crisis, the refugee crisis, and Brexit.
This course covers three aspects of EU law. First, it covers the institutional and constitutional structure of the European Union, including its political and judicial institutions. Second, it looks at Brexit: at the causes, consequences, and legal implications of Brexit, and the new arrangements agreed between the UK and the EU. Third, it looks at the central policies of the European Union, notably the rights to free movement for goods, services, workers, and Union citizens.
At the end of the course you will be able to critically and independently assess both the legal structure of the EU as well as the political and social context within which it operates.
- History and Theory of European Integration
- Institutions and Law-Making of the European Union
- Democracy in the EU
- Sovereignty and EU Law
- Brexit and its consequences
- The Withdrawal Agreement and the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement
- Differentiated Integration and the Future of the EU
- Application of Union law in the Member States
- Judicial Review of EU law
- Fundamental Rights
- Internal Market and Free Movement
- Refugee Crisis and the AFSJ
This course will have a minimum of two hours of teaching content each week in Michaelmas Term and Lent Term in the form of an online lecture (every week) and one hour class. This course includes a reading week in Weeks 6 of Michaelmas Term and Lent Term. Essays will be set around reading week to allow students to dedicate time to writing skills.
Students will be expected to produce 1 essay in the MT and 1 essay in the LT.
Further peer-marked assessment is possible through the Moodle environment.
Chalmers et. al., EU Law, 4th ed. (Cambridge: CUP, 2019). In addition, the course uses a broad range of online reading material (to be linked on Moodle).
Take-home assessment (50%) in the period between MT and LT.
Take-home assessment (50%) in the period between LT and ST.
One will take place in Week 0 of LT, one will take place in Week 0 of ST.
Please take this into account when choosing outside modules that are assessed in Week 0 of LT or ST.
Course selection videos
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Important information in response to COVID-19
Please note that during 2021/22 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 differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching 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.
Total students 2020/21: 173
Average class size 2020/21: 13
Capped 2020/21: Yes (195)
Value: One Unit
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