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A Kind of a New Beginning – A New Course on EU Law

One book that I am waiting for is Stephen Weatherill, Cases and Materials on EU Law. Ninth Edition. Oxford University Press. Source: OUP Catalogue

One book that I am waiting for is Stephen Weatherill, Cases and Materials on EU Law. Ninth Edition. Oxford University Press, 2010. Source: OUP Catalogue

Despite of all, the course “EU Law” begins today at the Tallinn University, stimulating the basic concepts and developments in the English language. Due to the Lisbon reform, there are only two main “textbooks” for the course, in addition to the TFEU and TEU:

● Craig, Paul; De Búrca, Gráinne. EU Law. Text, Cases and Materials. Fourth Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.

● Damian Chalmers, Giorgio Monti. European Union Law. Updating Supplement. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

I am waiting for the updated EU law books, the first of which books appear not earlier than the summer 2010.

We are going to have 13 meetings, 12 of which meetings are seminars.

Based on the basic textbooks and learning standards generally recognized for teaching EU law in the European universities, the aim of the course is to give general knowledge of the EU, its aims, legal basis and functioning. The course gives an overview of the functioning of the EU mainly through the basic treaties and application of those treaties. In addition to the valid law, the course attempts at explaining the main principles of EU law, but also touches the EU’s position in international and internal legal systems.

THE LEARNING PROCESS:

In the beginning of the course, the student receives study instructions and references for independent work. Followingly, the course consists of lecture-seminars, with the aim to explain the difficult areas of EU law and deepen the knowledge acquired through independent work. Another aim of the independent work is to train working with the Official Journal of the EU and the case law of the Court of Justice of the EU.

The student comes to the seminars prepared.

THE MAIN ISSUES COVERED:

1. Introduction to the Treaties and Institutions. 2. Competence, Law-making and Policy-making. 3. New Forms of Governance. 4. Free Movement of Goods. 5. Citizenship and Free Movement of People. 6. Right of Establishment and Freedom to Provide Services. 7. Free Movement of Capital. 8. Competition Law (Competition and State Aid). 9. Anti-Discrimination Law 10. External Relations, 11. The Nature and Effect of EU Law. 12. Judicial and Non-judicial Remedies and Enforcement of EU Law.

THE LEARNING OUTCOMES:

By the end of the Course, the Student:

• Has an overview about the EU’s internal and external aims;

• Knows the basic areas of EU law and their application;

• Knows the main legal sources of EU law (incl. the basic treaties, secondary acts, case law, legal principles);

• Knows the legislative procedures of the EU;

• Knows the EU institutional structure, and the powers of the institutions;

• Works with the Official Journal of the EU and the case law of the Court of Justice of the EU.

INDEPENDENT WORK

consists of reading of at least the certain chapters of the books indicated in the Map of the Course; performing the exercises in the e-learning environment; and answering the seminar questions.
ASSESSMENT
Exam
THE GRADING PRINCIPLES:

Graded is the understanding of the basic concepts and processes, as well as the skills of working with the Official Journal of the EU and the case law of the Court of Justice of the EU.

The bases of grading:

• The student has performed the exercises in the e-learning environment;

• The student has actively participated in the seminars;

• Exam / test.

THE MARKING RULES:

• Exercises in the e-learning environment and participation in the seminars – 40 %

• Test consisting of specific questions on each sector of EU law – 60 %



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