EU Substantive Law is an advanced course on EU law for undergraduate students. The course aims to give an in-depth understanding of several types of sector-specific EU legislation to students, who are already familiar with the institutional framework and the functioning of the European Union (subject matters of the second-year-course International and EU Law). EU Substantive Law complements the other courses of the "European Integration" curriculum by bringing the legal perspective into the study of the European Union.
Expected learning outcomes
Students will become familiar with different types of sector-specific EU legislation and with the proper technical language necessary to describe them. They will become capable to apply the knowledge acquired by critically assessing real-life cases, in order to understand whether EU legislation applies, which right/obligation it establishes and for who, or whether a piece of national legislation complies with EU law or not. Case studies, presentations, simulation games will be available for attending students, as part of a dynamic process of learning, involving interactive feedback between the learner and educator
Lesson period: First trimester
(In case of multiple editions, please check the period, as it may vary)
The area of freedom, security and justice. The internal market and the common commercial policy. The competition policy. The social and employment policies. The common agricultural policy. The economic and monetary policy. The common foreign and security policy. The common defense policy.
Prerequisites for admission
Public law, International and EU Law The course is addressed to students who are already familiar with the fundamental concepts of law, in particular of EU law.
Frontal lessons and workgroups, case-studies, simulation games
Bibliography U. Draetta e N. Parisi (a cura di), Elementi di diritto dell'Unione Europea, Parte speciale, Giuffrè, Milano, last edition For attending students, additional material will be made available on the course web site. Presentations given by students during the course can count as additional materials.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The oral exam consists of an interview in order to ascertain whether the student has learnt the fundamental concepts of European Union law and if he/she is able to present them with appropriate vocabulary and an adequate critical eye. For attending students, the diligence put in handing in the assignments given to them during the course is taken into account in the final evaluation.