Constitutional Law of the European Union (CONSTEU)

Course description


Welcome
Welcome to the course Constitutional Law of the European Union!


Learning objective/Course Aim
The underlying objective of this course is to enable the participants to acquire a deeper understanding of the constitutional, legal and institutional structures of the Union. In this exercise, the constitutional foundation of the EU will be presented from the Treaty of Rome down to the Lisbon Treaty. A variety of legal issues will be presented and critically discussed in this course. The legal order of the EU, the nature of the EU law and the decision making procedure will be covered. A critical and detailed examination of the various EU institutions such as the European Parliament, Council, Commission, Court of Justice, European System of Central Banks, European Investment Bank and European Ombudsman by reference to their independence, composition, powers and functions will also be covered at length. The role and the functions of different consultative and advisory bodies such as the Economic and Social Committee, the Committee of the Regions will be examined. There will also be detailed and critical examination of the constitutional structure of the economic and monetary union, foreign and security policy, justice and home affairs. The Charter of Fundamental Rights and its place in the EU’s constitutional framework will be examined. Language: All lectures and seminars will be conducted in English.


Pre-requirements
Students who wish to enroll in this course are required to possess a minimum of 150 higher education points of compulsory courses within the law programme and preferably have some basic knowledge in European Union Law (EU Law). Students who cannot satisfy the latter requirement may be granted an exemption provided they are willing to read a text book or articles prescribed by the course director. Undergraduate exchange students who meet the above criteria are also eligible to apply for enrolment.


Course description
Attendance by 80% on all lectures and on the Introduction is compulsory. Each student must also write a memo during the course and oppose on another student's memo.


Examination
The course will conclude with a written examination. The students are required to answer the questions in English and they are given the option to select four out of six questions. No student will be penalized on grounds of grammatical inadequacies. They are allowed to use the compilation of articles, legal materials as well as the prescribed books for the relevant course. The students are free to use your own notes taken during the lectures. They are requested not to take the seminar assignments to the examination hall.



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Each student must also write a memo during the course and oppose on another student's memo. Guidelines to the seminar assignments can be found under "Special".

The course will conclude with a written examination. The students are required to answer the questions in English and they are given the option to select four out of six questions. Each question can give six points. No student will be penalized on grounds of grammatical inadequacies.

The students are allowed to use the compilation of articles, legal materials as well as the prescribed books for the relevant course. The students are free to use your own notes, hand-outs and printouts from the lectures. They are also allowed to make handmade notes in the material. They are requested not to take the seminar assignments to the examination hall.

No communication devices such as laptops, mobile phones etc. are allowed in the examination hall.

All students who plan to take the exam must register for it in Fastreg. Bring your ID to the exam.

The results of the exam will be published in Fastreg within 3 weeks after the exam.




Särskilt
Grades

Students attending the law programme will recieve the grade (ranked from the highest to the lowest grade attainable) AB, Cum laude approbatur, BA, Non sine laude approbatur, B Approbatur or U, Fail. Students attending the law programme who wish to receive grades according to the ECTS-system or wish to have their grade translated into a ETCS-grade are asked to contact the course administrator at least 5 days before the exam.
Exchange students will receive grades according to the ECTS-system.

Students can get maximim 24 points on the exam. The oral presentation and the discussion of someone else´s assigment can result in up to 3 points (2 points for proponing and 1 point for opponing) that will be added to the result of the exam. Preliminary, the grading will be done as follows:

AB: 22-27
Ba: 17-21
B: 12-16
U: 0-12

Guidelines to seminar assignments

The participants in the course are required to actively take part in the seminar sessions, which will be held after the conclusion of the lectures in the main course. All participants will be given a written assignment, which will be based upon one of the areas covered during the course of the lectures. All such assignments shall be type-written and handed in individually. The underlying objective of the seminars is to encourage and develop the individual skills of participants to do independent and critical research and to further generate self confidence to present such research orally during the course of the seminar sessions.
In pursuance of these objectives, the participants shall during a given seminar make an oral presentation of the assignment and its duration shall range from 10 to 15 minutes. The participants will also be required to orally "oppose" or discuss someone else's assignment, by raising questions about the material presented or adding relevant information. This process is known as the "opposition" procedure in Swedish legal education but it corresponds to the role of discussant in professional legal education and professional life throughout Europe. Such "opposition" shall also take approx. 10-15 minutes. The assignment discussed will cover a different topic than the one that has been written by the discussant.
The written and oral presentation of the assignment, depending on the preparation, structure, analysis and clarity, will result in points ranging from 0 to 2 points. The points for acting as an opponent will range from 0 to 1 points. All such points shall be added to your result in the final written examination. These points can either strengthen your existing grade or at the margins lift you a grade. This indicates that we take the oral presentation and opposition process to be a serious component of the overall assignment exercise.
The assignments will be published on this website in October and a deadline will be fixed to hand in your assignments. A copy of the assignment should be sent via email to the course director, seminar leader, course administrator and opponent respectively.
You are welcome to correspond with your respective teachers during the assignments.
Both footnotes and separate bibliography are expected. Furthermore, the assignment should be written in 1½ spaced; font Times New Roman, size 12; and 2, 5 cm margins. The page number limits are max 10 pages + separate bibliography.


Registration

All admitted students must register on August 27th between 1-3 pm. A student who is unable to register at this time must contact the course administrator in order to keep his or her spot.
Attendance on the general introduction is compulsary. If a student does not attend the introduction, his or her spot will be given to a student on the waiting list.
Admitted students who do not wish to follow the course are kindly requested to contact the course administrator as soon as possible.

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Course title:
Constitutional Law of the European Union
Semester: Autumn term 2015
Study period: 1
Rate of studies: 100%
Level:
Credits: 15.0
Language of instruction: English
Syllabus

Contact:


Course contact:
euconstlaw@juridicum.su.se
Course coordinator:
Teaching assistant:
Erik Ålander
Course manager:
Sideek Mohamed Seyad