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European Union Law (Kelemen)

Spring 2023   LAW 938-001  

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Additional Information
Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement



Class meets in person.

Meeting Times/Location
R 4:30PM - 6:30PM
Tanenbaum Hall 253



This course will provide an introduction to the law and institutions of the European Union (EU). The EU is an unprecedented experiment in economic and political integration, and EU law has played a central role in the development of the EU. The course will provide students with an understanding of the structure and operation of the EU and its legal system and will introduce them to a number of salient legal and policy issues facing the EU today. We will begin by examining EU institutions, both their development over the past six decades and their current structures. Next, we will explore fundamental principles of EU law, including direct effect, supremacy and fundamental rights. Third, we will review economic law concerning the EU's single market and some of the social regulations linked to the construction of that market. Finally, we will examine the legal and policy issues surrounding four intersecting crises that have confronted the EU in recent years: Brexit, the rule of law & autocracy crisis in new member states, the Eurozone crisis and the refugee crisis. The format of the course will be seminar style, and active student participation in class discussions will be expected. Assignments will include a research paper and a few very brief reaction papers, in which students will offer their reflections on course readings. This course has no prerequisites.

Course Concentrations

International and Comparative Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of international and comparative law, both substantively and procedurally; Perform legal analysis in the context of international and comparative law; Communicate effectively on topics related to international and comparative law; Demonstrate an understanding of the role of international and comparative law, and their interconnection with domestic law.

Perspectives on the Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of how the law affects, and is affected by, the individual course topic; Perform legal analysis in the context of the individual course topic; Communicate effectively on the legal and other aspects of the individual course topic; Demonstrate the ability to use other disciplines to analyze legal issues relevant to the individual course topic, including economics, philosophy, and sociology, as appropriate.


"EU Law: Text, Cases, and Materials, " by Paul Craig and Gráinne de Búrca
Edition: 7th
Publisher: Oxford
ISBN: 9780198856641