European Union Law - LW593

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
Canterbury Autumn
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6 15 (7.5) MR M Hedemann-Robinson


In order to take this module you must normally have taken LW588 Public Law 1. Co-requisite with LW592 Public Law 2. Students cannot take this module in the same year as LW588. Only available to students following a Law programme of study (either single or joint honours).
Incoming Erasmus and international students reading law at KLS for a term or more may take this module.


Only available to Law students, or those taking Politics and Law or Psychology and Law .



This 15 credit undergraduate law module is designed to introduce law students to foundational legal principles of the European Union (EU). It will place particular emphasis on studying the role and impact of the judicial institution of the EU, namely the Court of Justice of the EU, in interpreting the scope and effects of Union law.
This module builds on the knowledge that students acquire in Public Law 1 where they are provided with a basic introduction to the history of the EU, the main institutions of the EU and key constitutional issues arising from the supremacy of EU law. It will focus predominantly on certain aspects of EU law not addressed in Public 1, including the free movement rules underpinning the single market.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

20 hours of lectures; 10 hours of seminars (approximately)


This module is normally recorded and may be downloaded.

Method of assessment

50% written examination, 50% coursework consisting of 1 essay and 10% oral presentation (joint student case presentation in seminar). Incoming Erasmus/International students at Kent for the autumn term only have a specific assessment pattern of 100% coursework of two essays and an oral presentation.

Preliminary reading

I Ward A Critical Introduction to European Law (Cambridge, 3rd ed, 2009)
E Bomberg J Peterson and R Corbett (eds) The EU - How Does it work? (Oxford, 3rd ed, 2012)
H Young This Blessed Plot - Britain and Europe from Churchill to Blair (Papermac 1999)
K Davies Understanding EU law, 65th edn (Routledge 2015)
D Dinan, Origins and evolution of the EU 2nd ed (2014 Oxford)
S Holland, Europe in Question (2015, Spokesman)
D Urwin, The Community of Europe: A History of European Integration since 1945 2nd ed (Longman, 1994)
S Wall, A Stranger in Europe: Britain and the EU from Thatcher to Blair (Oxford, 2008)
A Wiener/T. Diez, European Integration Theory 2nd ed (2009, Oxford)

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

1. Consolidation and deepening of knowledge and understanding of the key aspects of the legal framework of the European Union (institutional and legislative decision-making), building on teaching provided with respect to this area in the pre-requisite module Public 1.

2. An understanding of the main foundational legal principles pertaining to the law of the EU, in particular those relevant to the application of EU law at national level. An understanding of how EU rules differ in comparison with the English legal system that the students have studied in Public Law 1, e.g. as regards judicial review and protection of fundamental rights.

3. An understanding of the main rules governing the single market, especially free movement of goods, free movement of workers and EU citizens, free movement of services and freedom of establishment. An ability to critically reflect on selected issues surrounding the socio-economic context of the single market rules.

4. An ability to read, understand and evaluate legislative and judicial documents as well as commentaries relevant to EU law, including the case-law of the European Court of Justice (ECJ)

5. An ability to identify the legal issues raised in problem situations regarding the application of European Union law, and to predict the legal outcome.

6. An ability to engage in critical discussion of selected reading materials on EU law, in accordance with the questions suggested on the weekly seminar sheet

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