Introduction to European Union Law
This introduction should provide the student with a basic understanding of the structure of the European Union (EU) and of EU law. A short historical overview will be provided, from the founding of the three Communities in the Fifties through the most recent Treaty of Lisbon. The course will cover the basic concepts of customs union, common market, internal market, Economic and monetary union. Students will understand the basic institutions of the EC: European Parliament, Council, Commission, Court of Justice, and Court of Auditors, as well as decision-making under the EU Treaty through the study of normative (legislative) rules, and administrative decisions; dispute-Resolution by the Court of Justice (including the General Court, formerly the Court of First Instance). Students will study various examples of regulations, directives, and decisions, as well as judgments, orders, and legal opinions.