European Union Law

A.Y. 2021/2022
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The aim of the course is to provide students with the knowledge and the understanding of the European Union legal order, through the analysis of: the institutional system, the functions of the institution, the exercise of its competence, the relationship with the Member State's legal order and its external action.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course, the student will know the institutional system of the European Union and how the European Union carry out the tasks referred by its Member States. The student will also be able to understand the relationship with the legal order of the Member States, as well as its external action.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First trimester
More specific information on the delivery modes of training activities for academic year 2021/22 will be provided over the coming months, based on the evolution of the public health situation
Course syllabus
The course is divided into two parts.

Part 1: The institutional framework of the European Union and its legal order, also in its relationship with Member States and the International Community (40 hours).

- History of European integration.
- The "constitutional" principle of the European Union's legal order: conferral, subsidiarity and proportionality.
- EU citizenship.
- The institutional framework.
- EU legal sources and its decision making process.
- The European Union's external action.
- Judicial control within the European Union
- Primacy of EU law
- Italy's participation to the European integration.

Part 2: EU selected policies. (20 hours)

- Overview to the policies of the European Union.
- The internal market.
- The four fundamental freedom
- The European area of freedom security and justice.
Prerequisites for admission
Pre-requisites: Public law
Teaching methods
Frontal lessons.
Teaching Resources
Textbook and EU Treaties and Legislation. All EU law can be found at

Reading list:
For part 1:
A. L. Valvo, Istituzioni di diritto dell'Unione europea, Giappichelli Editore, Torino, 2019

For part 2:
G. Strozzi (ed.), Diritto dell'Unione europea, Parte speciale, Giappichelli Editore, Torino, 2017 (Chapters I, II, III, IV).
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 legal vocabulary and an adequate critical eye.
IUS/14 - EUROPEAN UNION LAW - University credits: 9
Lessons: 60 hours