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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: LAWM019 Module Title: EUROPEAN PUBLIC LAW
Module Provider: School of Law Short Name: LAWM019
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: KONSTADINIDES T Dr (Schl of Law)
Number of credits: 30 Number of ECTS credits: 15
Module Availability

1st Semester


Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment


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Module Overview

The module encourages the development of a critical perspective of matters relating to the law and the institutional framework of the European Union and European Community administrative law.





Module Aims

The aim of the module is to provide an advanced level course in the public (constitutional and administrative) law of the European Union and its context within the framework of other European public law structures.


Learning Outcomes

The module encourages the development of a critical perspective of matters relating to the law and integration of the European Union and European Community.



The course aims to equip the student with the knowledge of the history and structure of the European Union and European Community and understanding of the general principles of the Constitutional and Institutional Law of the EU, focusing on the main concepts of EU constitutionalism and governance, the scope of the EU law and the power relationship between the EU and the Member States’ legal orders.


Module Content

·             EU Constitutional Law: Concepts and Context


·             The Changing Role of an Economic, Social and Political Union


·             From the European Coal and Steel Community to the New Reform Treaty


·             Institutional Balance: The Horizontal Relationship Between the Community Institutions


·             Supremacy, Pre-emption and the Scattered European Constitution


·             Subsidiary and Proportionality


·             The Evolution of Community Competences and the Phenomenon of “Competence Creep”


·             The EU and Democratically Legitimate Governance Beyond the Nation State


·             EU Citizenship and Human Rights


·             The Constitutional Deadlock of the Stalled EU Constitutional Treaty and the Recent Agreement on the Outlines of a New EU Reform Treaty


·             A Core Europe


Methods of Teaching/Learning

8 x 3-hour seminars.  The seminars will be interactive and students will be expected to come prepared for the seminar and engage actively in discussions


Selected Texts/Journals

Essential reading


Birkenshaw, P. European Public Law ( London : LexisNexis Butterworths, 2003)



Background reading


Foster, N. EC Legislation 2006-7 (Blackstone, 2007)


Weatherill, EU Law: Cases and Materials (OUP, 2006)


Craig, P. & de Burca, G. EC Law, Text Cases and Materials (OUP, 2007)


Lenaerts, K. & Van Nuffel, P. Constitutional Law of the European Union (Sweet & Maxwell, 2006)


Craig, P. EU Administrative Law (OUP, 2006)


Tridimas, T. & Nebbia, P. (Eds) EU Law for the 21st Century: Rethinking the New Legal Order Volume 1 (Hart, 2004)


Weiler, J. H. H. The Constitution of Europe : Do the New Clothes Have an Emperor?  And Other Essays on European Integration ( Cambridge , 1999)


Dehousse, R. The European Court of Justice (Macmillan, 1998)


Harlow , C. Accountability in the European Union (OUP, 2003)



Recommended journals – hard copies


Common Market Law Review


European Law Review


European Law Journal


Maastricht Journal of European Law


European Public Law


Journal of Common Market Studies


Journal of European Public Law


Legal Issues of European Integration


European Review of Public Law


European Journal of Legal Integration


Journal of European Public Policy


Public Law


Modern Law Review


West European Politics



Recommended journals – online journals


EU Observer


European Research Papers Archive (ERPA)


Jean Monnet Working Papers (NYU)


Robert Schuman Working Papers (EUI)


European Federal Trust ( London )


Queen’s Papers on Europeanization ( Belfast )


Arena Working Papers ( Oslo )



Web resources


University of Surrey Online Library – This provides a handy online access to Electronic Journals (e.g. European Law Journal) and Online Databases (e.g. Eur-Lex, Eurolaw on JUSTIS, Westlaw, Ingenta etc):,1004752&_dad=partal&_schema=PORTAL


Official Journal of the European Union:


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