International relations Law of the EU

ldreu2203  2022-2023  Louvain-la-Neuve

International relations Law of the EU
5.00 credits
30.0 h
Main themes
The course is divided into two parts. The first part focuses on some basic notions such as the personality of the EC and the EU, the external competences (treaty-making power), the treaty-making process, the relations between international law and EC law, from the point of view of the Community legal order. The second part is devoted to the study of the legal aspects of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) of the Union. Some EC policies which have an important international character will also be analyzed, such as the common commercial policy, the association policy and the cooperation policy.
Learning outcomes

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

1 The purpose of this course is to present in a comprehensive and coherent way the law that governs the international relations of the European Community (EC) and the European Union (EU). The aim is to thoroughly analyze how the Community and the Union fit in a broader set of international relations governed by the rule of law, and in turn see how international law enters the European legal order. This course is part of a coherent cluster. The different professors in charge of a course in the framework of this cluster consult each other on the content and the methods of each course in order to ensure complementarity. As far as possible and given the number of students enrolled, the course is based on participatory teaching methods. The professor illustrates its course with examples and invites the students to apply the newly acquired knowledge to practical situations.
The course studies the participation of the European Union in the formation of international legal instruments to which it adheres and the interaction between this international law and the autonomous legal order of the Union.
The course examines the international legal personality of the EU, the objectives of the Union's external action, the system of external competences, the treaty-making procedure, the CFSP competence, its instruments and the international representation of the Union, the common commercial policy, and finally the interaction between EU law and international law. 
Teaching methods
Lectures and home readings.
Evaluation methods
Take-home exam, or oral exam according to new case-law. 
Online resources
See Moodle page of the course.
Faculty or entity

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

Title of the programme
Learning outcomes
Advanced Master in European Law

Master [120] in Law