The course begins with an introduction to the economic foundations and political history of European legal integration. An analysis of the current institutional structure of the European Union follows. Then classes focus on trade within Europe. This part of the course includes a unit on Competition Law. The course emphasizes the impact of trade and legal harmonization upon culture, human rights and social policies. A study of the external relations of the European Union concludes the course, with particular attention to US-EU relations. Final examination: in-class, open-book, essay format.