EUROPEAN UNION LAW
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The primary objective of the course is to make students familiar with the basic legal information and concepts pertaining to the process of European integration and European Union law. More generally, the course will offer instruments and notions that are essential in order to understand the ever growing and complex incidence of EU law on national law and the everyday life of individuals within the European Union.
Course contents summary
The course consists of four lessons addressing the fundamentals of EU institutional law. The first lesson will recall the main steps of the process of European integration, from the foundation of the European Communities to the Lisbon Treaty. Particular attention will be devoted to the introduction of the European citizenship and to the rights connected to this status. In the second lesson, attention will be paid to the main features and tasks of the European institutions and to the different effects of the sources of European Union law, with a focus on EU directives and regulations. In the third lesson, the EU system of judicial protection will be explored, and the allocation of tasks between EU and national courts will be clarified. Finally, in the fourth lesson the mechanisms put in place by the lg. 234/2012 to ensure that EU law is adequately put into effect in the Italian legal order will be examined.
STROZZI-MASTROIANNI, Diritto dell’Unione europea – Parte Istituzionale (Giappichelli, Torino, 6th ed., 2013), the following parts only:
Ch. I, paragraphs 1, 9, 9.4 and 9.5);
Ch. II, paragraphs from 1 to 4.6, from 5 to 6.2, from 8 to 8.3, 8.7, from 10 to 10.4);
Ch. III, paragraphs from 1 to 3;
Ch. IV, only paragraphs 10, 11 and 12;
Ch. V, only paragraphs 1 and 2;
Ch. VI, only paragraph 9.
Some slides will be distributed during lessons, which students can use to prepare the exam.
Lectures and classroom discussion with students.
Assessment methods and criteria
The final exam will be in written form.