LAWSG008 Constitutional and Institutional Law of the EU
|LAWSG008: CONSTITUTIONAL AND INSTITUTIONAL LAW OF THE EU|
|Credit value:||15 credits (7.5 ECTS, 150 learning hours)|
|Teaching Delivery:||10 x 2-hour weekly lectures, Term One|
|Who may enrol:||Any UCL Master’s student|
|Must not be taken with:||None|
|Qualifying module for:||LLM in European Union Law;
LLM in Public Law
|Introductory video||Currently there is no introductory video for this module|
|Practice Assessment:||Opportunity for feedback on on outline for final essay|
|Final Assessment:||One 3,000-word essay (100%)|
The European Union is currently facing serious challenges. EU law and governance, it is widely believed, suffers from a systematic economistic bias, flowing from the priority accorded by the Treaties and the European courts to the construction of an internal market based on freedom of movement and undistorted competition. This economistic bias, it is often charged, has undermined national systems of regulation and social welfare, rooted in history and democratic politics, through the systematic pursuit of ‘negative integration’, without replacing them with equivalent forms of rights protection at the European level. In a climate of populist responses, does the idea of a constitutionalization of the EU still have a chance; and what should be its underlying normative promise?
We shall discuss tensions between markets and the claims of advanced democracy generally; between economic freedoms and social rights in the EU; between judicial role and politics; tensions which form part of persistent complaints about a democratic deficit or justice deficit at the heart of the EU. To that end, the module aims at combining theoretical concepts with careful analysis of institutional and jurisprudential developments. We discuss various answers—such as ordoliberalism and democratic experimentalism among others. External speakers will be invited.
The aim of this module is to introduce participants to the terms of debate on Euroconstitutionalism and to enable them to develop their own considered views.
This module is suitable both for students who are new to this field as well as those who are intent on acquiring a more in-depth critical understanding of the complex context of this subject area.
By the end of the module, you should be in a position to:
Module reading lists and other module materials will be provided via online module pages, available at the beginning of term once students have enrolled.