European Union Law

 This course is devoted to the institutional and constitutional structure of the European Union, before and after the 2009 Treaty of Lisbon, and to important substantive legal rules of the Union.  Initially, the powers and functions of the Commission, Council, European Council, Court of Justice and the Parliament will be described.  Next, we will describe and analyze key Court doctrines, notably the primacy of Union law, the ‘direct legal effect’ of certain Treaty provisions, and the protection of basic rights, with particular attention to the Charter of Fundamental Rights.  We will then examine crucial substantive legal rules, including the free movement of goods, workers and services; the harmonization of national laws to achieve the common or internal market; and the principles of legislative interpretation and preemption.  Topics for final classes will be selected among those of citizenship of the Union, lawyers’ practice rights, intellectual property rights, and the Economic and Monetary Union.  Comparisons to US constitutional principles will frequently be made.  Two or three EU judges or senior officials will provide guest lectures.
Credits: 3

Type: LEC

Does this course satisfy the writing requirement? No

Does this course satisfy the skills requirement? No

Is this course open to LL.M. students? Yes

Do the credits of this course count toward the specialized program credits that students need for the International Business & Trade Law LL.M. Program? Yes

LL.M. Notes: Core course for LL.M. International Business & Trade Law Program