The course is aimed at offering a general overview of EU law. More precisely, the objective is to provide the students with the necessary tools for a full understanding of the complex mechanisms that govern its functioning. The program will cover the following topics: the European integration process; the structure, objectives and fundamental values of the European Union; the institutional framework, the sources of law, the impact on national legal orders; the EU citizenship and then the freedom of expression and information (art. 11, Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union) and the regulation of commercial communications by the regulated professions (art. 24, Directive 2006/123/EC).
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course student will be able to: understand the institutional framework of the EU, demonstrate a deep knowledge of the legal terminology related to EU law, understand the constitutional and legal framework of the EU and the way it interacts with national legal systems, be familiar with the main areas of substantive law of the EU (in particular the freedom of expression and information and the freedom of carry out commercial communications), solve a basic problem question using case law and relevant EU legal sources.
Lesson period: Second trimester
(In case of multiple editions, please check the period, as it may vary)
- From the Founding Treaties to the Treaty of Lisbon - The Institutions of the European Union - The Union's Decision-making Procedures - The System of Union Competences - The Direct Effect and Supremacy of Union Law - Judicial Protection of Union Rights before the National Courts - The freedom of expression and information in the EU - The commercial communications in the european internal market
Prerequisites for admission
See the Communication & Society programme description.
The course will be interactive: are expected face-to-face lectures. In particular with regard to second part of the course, theoretical issues will be confronted with practical cases in order to allow the students verify how EU Law is actually implemented to understand the impact of the EU Law on the national rules and on the current economic (and legal) context of European Union.
U. Villani, Istituzioni di diritto dell'Unione europea, Cacucci Editore, Bari, 2020
Capitolo I Capitolo II Capitolo III Capitolo IV Capitolo V (paragrafi 1-14) Capitolo VI (paragrafi 4-6) Capitolo VII (paragrafi 1-4; 9-14) Capitolo VIII (paragrafi 1-13; 15; 17-20) Capitolo IX
Alternatively: U. Draetta, F. Bestagno, A. Santini, Elementi di diritto dell'Unione europea, Giuffrè Francis Lefebvre, Milano, 2018
Capitolo I Capitolo II Capitolo III (paragrafi 21-26) Capitolo IV (paragrafi 30-30.2; 33) Capitolo V (paragrafi 35-37.3; 39-39.6) Capitolo VI (paragrafi 40-40.4; 41-42.2) Capitolo VII (paragrafi 43-46) Capitolo VIII
With regard to second part of the course, see the documents and the bibliographical references available in ariel.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The final exam will be a 1,5 hour written exam (for attending and not attending students). The questions (3) posed by the examining commission will regard also the relevant case law of Court of Justice. The criteria for assessing the exam include the correctness of the contents, the clarity of the argumentations put forward, the ability to provide a critical analysis and to work with principles and notions.