This course will give a general introduction to European Union law. Students will gain an overview of the Constitutional and legal structures of the Union contextualized by reference to the legal and political environment of the European member states. The European Community Treaties are unique agreements establishing a new legal order that binds not only the governments who signed them, but also the citizens of their states. The European Union is a highly sophisticated legal order which has influenced the domestic law of member states in multiple spheres, as well as their overall social and economic development. This course will seek to chart the legal and political developments of the Union, so that students will be fully cognizant of the development of the Union and the challenges that face it now. The following substantive areas will be the focus of particular attention. First, the past, present and future direction of the Union; second, the institutional and constitutional structure of the Union; third, the implementation and oversight of European Community and Union law (legal remedies); forth, the core free movement protections of the Community; fifth, citizenship and governance within the Union.
International, Comparative & Foreign Law