The course provides an overview of the European Union, with a focus on the constitutional, economic, and institutional aspects of the Union. Includes discussions regarding the origin of the European Union; its institutions; the legislative, executive and judicial processes of the European Community; the normative relationship between the European Union legal order and the member states; the economic law aspects of the common market, with special focus on the customs union and the four freedoms (movement of goods, persons, services and capital); and the relationship between the Union and other European and international institutions, such as the Council of Europe. Students become familiar with the primary sources of law involved, such as the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty on the European Community, and major secondary legislation. Current topics include the Draft Constitutional Treaty for the European Union, the ongoing development of the second and third "pillars" of the Union, and developments regarding the Economic and Monetary Union.
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