Constitutional Foundations of the European Union

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

The 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

  • 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.