Constitutional Foundations of the European Union

Module code: M5431
Level 5
15 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Seminar, Lecture
Assessment modes: Coursework, Essay

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
  • protection of fundamental rights.

Module learning outcomes

  • Explain and critically evaluate the objectives, powers and law-making processes of the EU
  • Demonstrate understanding of the impact of EU constitutional principles on national systems
  • Interpret and analyse key constitutional principles, rules and concepts of EU law
  • Critically assess the contribution of the Court of Justice to the development of a EU constitutional order