Constitutional Foundations of the European Union

Module code: M5031
Level 6
15 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Seminar, Lecture
Assessment modes: Essay, Coursework

This module examines the constitutional foundations of the European Union (EU), with an emphasis on the role of law as a tool of European integration. The module concentrates on a detailed study of the constitutional principles and values of the EU as expressed in the treaties and case law of the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU), including supremacy, subsidiarity, direct effect, indirect effect, state liability and protection of fundamental rights.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate detailed knowledge of, and contextualise historically, the objectives, powers and law-making processes of the EU
  • Have a systematic understanding of the impact of EU constitutional principles on national systems.
  • Interpret key constitutional principles, rules and concepts of EU law and devise relevant arguments based on a range of primary and secondary sources
  • Critically assess the unique contribution of the Court of Justice to the development of a EU constitutional order.