The Law and Policy of EU´s External Relations (LAWPOL)

Course description


Welcome
Welcome to the course The Law and Policy of EUs External Relations!


Learning objective/Course Aim
The European Union acts as an international player in a growing number of policy areas within the international legal system, and the World Trading system. This course aims at introducing the students to the institutional and substantive aspects of EU external relations law and policy. It examines the differentiated constitutional framework within which the Union develops its external action, as envisaged by the founding Treaties, and as articulated by the European Court of Justice's case law. In particular, it scrutinizes the actors of EU external relations, i.e. EU acting on the basis of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), EU qua Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), EU institutions, and Member States.

The course approaches EU external relations as a complex legal system based on two sub-orders (CFSP v TFEU) and decrypts the principles that underpin such a system, and which govern the interplay between its actors (eg principles governing the allocation of external competence; principles of cooperation and coherence).

The course also analyses the instruments and policies of the EU external action, as well as the legal effects those have within the Union and Member States' legal orders, respectively. In this context, the trade relations of the EU, particularly within the WTO, the Common Foreign and Security Policy, and bilateral agreements with third countries such as Ukraine and Russia, are critically discussed.


Pre-requirements
The course is open to Swedish undergraduate law students with a minimum of 100 credit points (150 hp/ECTS) . The course is also open to foreign undergraduate law students at Stockholm University. Participants will be expected to have or to acquire a working knowledge of European Union institutional and substantive law. The course is taught entirely in English.


Course description
Teaching consists of lectures and seminars. Participants are expected to read the allocated material before each seminar and to come prepared either to make a specific oral presentation or to participate actively in class discussion. Students may also be asked to present a written essay on one seminar topic.


Examination
Evaluation is based on a written 'open book' exam. You are allowed to bring the course literature, all material handed out during the course, your own notes made during the seminars and lectures as well as other relevant material to the examination. Laptops and cell-phones are not allowed during the examination.

The examination syllabus consists of the required reading (literature) for the course, the course information guide and the subjects taught in the lectures, the seminars and all other instructions which are part of the course.


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Course examination comprises the following:

1) Moot Court assingments (25% of the grade)
2) a written examination based on course literature and contents of seminars and lectures (75% of the grade)



At the written exam the following material is permitted: The course literature, all material handed out during the course, own notes made during the seminars and lectures as well as other relevant material to the examination.

Laptops and cell-phones are not allowed during the examination.

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Course title:
The Law and Policy of EU´s External Relations
Semester: Spring 2012
Study period: 1
Rate of studies: 100%
Level: Specialized Course for Master of Science Degre
Credits: 15.0
Language of instruction: English
Syllabus

Contact:


Course contact:
Course coordinator:
Teaching assistant:
Tim Holappa
Course manager:
Christophe Hillion

Teachers:


Bernitz Ulf
Anna Falk
Hillion Christophe
Morten Broberg
Steven Blockmans