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European Union Law

Programme Authors/Tutors and Syllabus

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Module 1: Introduction and Internal Market I

Unit 1 - Introduction to the Treaties and Institutions (incl Legislative Procedures)

Professor Alexander Türk, Professor of Law, King’s College London

    • From the Treaty of Paris to the Lisbon Treaty
    • Structure of the Treaties
    • The Union’s Institutions
    • Law-making
    • Supremacy and direct effect


Unit 2 - Free Movement of Goods

Professor Andrea Biondi, Professor of European Law and Director, Centre of European Law, King’s College London

    • Introduction: the strategy for the completion of the Internal Market
    • The Customs Union, custom duties and charges having equivalent effect
    • The Free Movement of Goods: the elimination of quantitative restrictions on imports and exports and all measures having equivalent effect
    • Derogation from the application of the principle of free movement of goods
    • Harmonization Policy


Unit 3 - Citizenship and Free Movement of People

Leo Flynn, Member of the Legal Service, European Commission; Visiting Professor, King’s College London

    • EU citizenship, mobility rights, and non-discrimination
    • Free movement of workers – personal and material scope-limitations and derogations
    • Rights of individuals with independent means
    • Third country nationals- family members of EU workers – rights under Europe agreements, Association agreements and co-operation agreements – refugees and asylum seekers – Schengen Accord
    • Progressive establishment of an area of freedom, justice and security


Unit 4 - Freedom of Establishment and Services

Dr Oana Stefan, Reader, King's College London

    • Scope of the freedoms
    • Exceptions
    • Establishment by companies
    • EU Legislation


 Module 2: Internal Market II and Substantive Policies I

Unit 5 - Free Movement of Capital and Economic and Monetary Union

Leo Flynn,Member of the Legal Service, European Commission; Visiting Professor, King’s College London

    • The Role of Money in the Internal Market and in the EU Constitution
    • Free movement of capital: the widest reaching and most unlimited of the freedoms
    • Capital: free movement and its limitations
    • Economic and Monetary Union: the institutional and legal framework


Unit 6 - Competition Law

Professor Richard Whish QC (Hon), Emeritus Professor of Law, King’s College London

    • Article 101 TFEU: Agreements
    • Article 102 TFEU: abuse of a dominant position
    • Article 106 TFEU: state undertakings
    • Articles 107-109 TFEU: state aids
    • Enforcements and procedure


Unit 7 - Anti-Discrimination Law

Professor Robert Wintemute, Professor of Human Rights Law, Kings’ College London

    • EU sex discrimination law: origins and purposes
    • Material scope: employment (Pay vs treatment) and social security
    • Kinds of sex discrimination, Direct vs indirect vs positive
    • Enforcement and remedies
    • Discrimination on other grounds: racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age, sexual orientation


Unit 8 - Environmental Law and Policy

Professor Dr Geert Van Calster, Professor of Law, 
KU Leuven

    • General Setting and Objectives
    • Procedural Environmental Law
    • Selected Substantive EU Environmental Law
    • Trade and the Environment

Module 3: Substantive Policies II and Procedural Aspects

Unit 9 - External Relations

Professor Piet Eeckhout, Professor of European Law, University College London

    • External competence
    • Common Commercial Policy
    • Negotiation and Conclusion of agreements
    • Effects of agreements
    • Common Foreign and Security Policy


Unit 10 - Judicial Review of EU Law

Professor Alexander Türk, Professor of Law, King’s College London

    • Article 263 TFEU: Action for Annulment
    • Article 265 TFEU: Failure to Act
    • Article 277 TFEU: Plea of illegality
    • Union Liability


Unit 11 - Enforcement of EU Law, Protection of Individual’s Rights in National Courts

Leo Flynn, Member of the Legal Service, European Commission; Visiting Professor, King’s College London

    • Direct effect of EU Law
    • Loyal interpretation of national law
    • Remedies required as a matter of EU Law – restitution – interim belief – state liability
    • National law remedies for breach of EU Law – equivalence and effectiveness of protection


Unit 12 - Enforcement of EU Law II, Proceedings in the CJEU        

Carsten Zatschler, Director of Legal and Executive Affairs at EFTA Surveillance Authority

    • Article 267 TFEU: references by national and courts for preliminary rulings
    • Article 258 TFEU: proceedings against member states for breaches of EU Law
    • Admissibility requirements
    • Procedure in the CJEU



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