European Union law

ldroi1226  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

European Union law
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
45.0 h + 10.0 h
Main themes
This course offers an introduction to European Union law. You will learn how the EU is relevant to citizens and businesses (European citizenship, internal market). The course covers in detail the principles governing the functioning of the Union and its values. It deals with how EU rules are adopted and enforced at EU and national level. The roles of various European and national actors in the EU law-making process and enforcement procedure will be studied. Finally, the course provides the basic instruments to approach complex questions concerning the relationship between EU law, national law and other legal systems (such as the Council of Europe and the WTO). 

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 The course aims at developing student's knowledge and command of EU law specifically and provides an opportunity to acquire or develop skills that form an important part of legal education.
At the end of the course,
·         You will be able to correctly explain the principles governing law-making in the EU, its implementation in the Member States and interpretive techniques that characterise EU law.
·         You will be familiar with the fundamental principles of the European legal order and with several important rules of EU law. You will be able to assess whether, in a simple scenario, such principles and rules have been complied with.
·         You will be able to establish whether a given factual situation falls within the scope of EU law or of national law and to assess which institutions and actors are competent to intervene in a situation where national law conflicts with EU law.
·         You will be able to conduct your analysis by using the technical terminology of European law.
·         You will be able to explain the function(s) of certain rules within the EU legal order.
·         You will be able to identify rules applicable to factual situations similar to those studied in the course and make accurate reference to Treaties and to the case-law covered during the course.
·         You will be able to answer questions on topics dealt with during the course by referring to the assigned readings and clearly expressing the links between your answers and the legal sources quoted in support of your argument.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Les étudiants désirant aller plus loin peuvent consulter l'un des ouvrages suivants :
  • Marianne Dony, Droit de l'Union européenne, 7ème éd., Bruxelles, Editions de l'Université de Bruxelles, 2018.
  • Jean-Paul Jacqué, Droit institutionnel de l'Union européenne, 8ème éd., Paris, Dalloz, 2015.
  • Robert Schütze, An introduction to European law, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2015.
  • Sean Van Raepenbusch, Droit institutionnel de l'Union européenne, 2ème éd., Bruxelles, Larcier, 2016.
Ces ouvrages sont disponibles à la bibliothèque de la Faculté de droit. 
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Bachelor in Law

Minor in Law (access)

Minor in Law (openness)