European Business Law: Understanding the Fundamentals
- The course’s objectives are numerous but its main purpose is to provide students with the necessary tools to understand and analyze the nature, role and effects of EU Law, regulation, proceedings and decision-making. To that end, the first sessions will lay the necessary grounds, that is, introduce historical aspects of the European integration, emergence of EU law, its general principles, main actors and an overview of general institutional design. Largely, half of the course is dedicated to EU Business Law and regulation of various economic aspects, such as EU internal market, EU external economic relations, energy relations, mega-regional integration, and Brexit.
- Knowledge and understanding: - demonstrate general knowledge and understanding of basic notions of institutions and actors of European integration, and the role of EU law in that process; - demonstrate extensive knowledge and understanding of policies and principles of EU market and economic integration and its external economic relations, including four market freedoms, EU competition law, EU energy law, mega-regional integration, etc.;
- Skills and abilities: - demonstrate the ability to find, select and evaluate primary and secondary EU law, as well as sources deemed ‘informal’ in a given area; - demonstrate a solid understanding of the European decision-making process, in particular legislative and regulatory framework applicable to all kinds of economic activities in the EU and its external economic relations.
- Introduction to EU lawThis first module will help the learner to build a solid foundation for the coming lectures on EU law. The module provides a brief introduction to the history and the institutions of the EU, as well as the judicial branch, i.e. the Court of Justice of the EU. The module will also go into some detail about the most fundamental EU treaties, namely the Treaty on the European Union (TEU) and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU).
- Legal ResourcesThe second module is slightly different from the rest of the course as it focuses on practical skills on how to deal with the legal sources and method of EU law. It will provide you with some skills that are crucial when dealing with EU law, such as navigating the vast databases of official publications, legislation and case law. Keep in mind that the module can be used as reference if you continue your studies of European Business Law.
- Fundamental Principles and Constitutional FoundationsIn the third module you will learn about the fundamental principles and constitutional foundations of EU law. The dynamic and interaction of the national law of the Member States and the EU will be covered in some detail.
- The Economic FreedomsThe fourth Module will deal with the economic freedoms. The freedom of movement of capital, services, people and goods is at the very heart of EU law and crucial to understanding the law from a business perspective. While the lectures focus on the free movement of capital, services and goods, the readings will include additional material on the free movement of persons and establishment. This module contains a peer graded assignment in addition to the quiz.
- The External DimensionThe fifth and last module will deal with the legal framework of the common European foreign policy. This is a complex field where the policies of the individual Member States and the EU overlap and interact. The external dimension is important to understand for anyone considering international trade or relations with the EU.
- 5 graded multiple answer quizzes and a peer graded assignment
- interview with the instructor
- Interim assessment (1 module)0.7 * 5 graded multiple answer quizzes and a peer graded assignment + 0.3 * interview with the instructor
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