EU Law

Course summary

This course explores the institutional and substantive law of the European Union with a focus on practically relevant areas. It provides a relatively brief general overview of the key principles of EU constitutional law before taking an in-depth look at the substantive law of the EU internal market. Today, the EU internal market consists of 28 Member States, comprises 500 million consumers and accounts for roughly 15% of all global imports and exports. 

The course consists of ten seminars which each address highly topical areas of EU law. The focus shall be on those areas of EU law which are most likely to have a practical impact upon European citizens, consumers and businesses. In so doing, students will gain an understanding of the EU's vast internal market in which the free movement of goods, services, workers and capital is regulated. In addition to studying the fundamental economic freedoms of the EU internal market, therefore, students will also consider the EU competition law regime and the rights of EU citizens and their family members to move, reside and work in other EU member states.

At the end of the course students will have acquired a firm grounding in the basic constitutional law of the EU and an in-depth understanding of the law governing the EU internal market. They will have gained a deep understanding of how EU law impacts upon EU Member State governments, EU citizens and transnational corporations. 

The course content will cover: 

  1. The EU institutional framework and basic constitutional principles of the EU legal order. 
  2. The law-making powers of the EU institutions to regulate the internal market. 
  3. The laws governing the free movement of goods, services, workers and capital within the EU internal market 
  4. The EU competition law regime as it applies to the behaviour of companies conducting business within the EU internal market. 
  5. The concept of EU citizenship and the rights this provides EU citizens and their families.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge that covers and integrates the foundations of EU constitutional law and the law of the EU internal market;
  • apply knowledge, skills and understanding in using a range of research skills and materials that are informed by the constantly evolving law of the EU;
  • apply critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to contemporary issues surrounding free movement, EU citizenship and national regulatory autonomy;
  • use a wide range of routine (e.g. library research) and a range of advanced skills (research with primary sources; news items; foreign sources) to communicate research findings in presentations and essays;
  • take responsibility for their own work by preparing weekly contributions to forum discussions, and by writing a blog post and their essay individually.


4000 word essay (80%); 1000 word blog post (20%)

Terms and conditions

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