European Union Law: An Introduction
This course provides an introduction to the institutions and constitutional structure of the European Union, an entity that began as a modest free trade area and is now a powerful force of 25 countries and more than 400 million people in global trade, environmentalism, human rights, discourse, and global politics. The course explores how law is made on a pan-European level, and the status of such laws vis-a-vis the laws of individual member countries. Students will study such facets of legal regulation as the “four freedoms,” the harmonization of law, and several practice-oriented areas of EU law. The course also focuses on a close reading of the EU’s foundational texts, the landmark decisions of the European Court of Justice, and the extent to which the judicial architecture of the EU is a variant of federalism, a model for international judicial cooperation more generally, or neither of those but rather something uniquely European. All readings are in English translation.
This upper level, substantive course provides an introduction to the institutions and constitutional structure of the European Union. Graded on a take-home examination and several papers.
Recommended for the Following Professional Pathways: Corporate Transactions and Governance; International Business; Government/Public Sector; Immigration; International Law/Human Rights; Tech/Privacy
Recommended Courses: A previous course in international law is helpful, but not required.