As the European Union deals with the withdrawal of existing members and other threats to its continuation in the current form, an understanding of the EU and its impact on the international arena is more important than ever. This course will introduce both undergraduate and law students to the EU and its policy framework from an International law perspective. It will provide a basic but critical understanding of the historical, institutional, constitutional, and substantive law dimensions of the EU and of the sui generis character of the Union legal order. It will also explore fundamentals of EU business law and the legal challenges that non-Member State businesses face when entering the EU market.
The course will begin with a general introduction to the history, institutional structure, and competence of the EU. It will cover sources and principles of EU Law and their status within Member States. The course will then examine the relationship between EU law and public international law, including the status of the EU as a sui generis legal order, and the rising role of the EU as a co-creator of the international legal order. The third part of the course will deal with the fundamentals of European business law in an international setting.