Year 2: European Union Law


Credit value:


1.0 (30 credits, 15 ECTS)

Convenor: Joanne Scott, Piet Eeckhout
Other Teachers:  
Teaching Delivery: 1 lecture per week (whole cohort), 1 tutorial every two weeks (max 8)
Who may enrol: All second year students enrolled on a UCL LLB programme
Qualifying module for: LLB


Practice Assessment: 2 x formative essays
Final Assessment: 100% examination

Module Overview

Module summary: This course examines some key institutional and substantive aspects of EU law. It begins by providing an analytical overview of some institutional and administrative law aspects of the EU. This eventually leads to an in depth study of the functioning and regulation of the EU internal market, with a principal focus on the rules shaping free movement of goods and persons. The course also covers the Human Rights framework of the EU, and includes a series of more specialised and discrete lectures on topics such as EU external policies; the functioning of the European Monetary Union, with a specific focus on the ongoing Euro-currency crisis; the EU’s democratic deficit; and Brexit.


Module aims:

The overall objective of this course is to build on the grounding in the foundational doctrines of EU law you acquired during the Public Law course: on the democratic deficit, division of competences, supremacy and direct effect of EU law. The EU Law course will build on these foundational doctrines and introduce you to the substantive law of the EU, in particular the basic economic freedoms established by the European Union. One of the aims of the course is to equip you with the legal skills and knowledge to study EU law further, or identify a specific area for future research or practice. We encourage a critically informed approach to studying EU law, and are in no way ‘apologists’ for the European agenda.