32612 - European Union Law

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education Peace, justice and strong institutions Partnerships for the goals

Academic Year 2019/2020

Learning outcomes

The course aims to give a basic knowledge of all the most important aspects of the Law of the European Union: Institutions, decisional procedures and act, legal value of EU law into the Memeber States,internal market (free movement of persons, goods, services, capitals) competition and State aids, Eu external Relations, Area of Freedom Security and Justice.

Course contents

The course aims to provide students with a comprehensive knowledge of the major legal features concerning the origin of the EU legal order, its development, and its future perspective.

Also the interaction between the EU legal order and international and municipal law will be analysed.

Course contents:

Part 1 - The institutional dimension of the EU legal order

- The origin of the EU legal order and its historical development;

- The nature of the European Union;

- The founding values of the Union and its objectives;

- The competences of the EU;

- The subjects of the EU legal order (Member States; EU institutions, bodies and agencies; EU citizens and other individuals);

- The legal sources of the EU legal order (primary law; international law binding the Union and other rules related to the implemantation of the EU Treaties; secundary law) and their interaction;

- The jurisdictional system of the EU legal order;

- The interaction of EU law with international law;

- The interaction of EU law with municipal law (with particular regard to the Italian legal order).

Part 2 - The substantive dimension of the EU legal order

- The EU internal market;

- The Economic and Monetary Union;

- The Area of Freedom, Security and Justice;

- The external action of the European Union.


Students can choose one of the following options:


Option # 1

C. Barnard, S. Peers (eds.), European Union Law  - 2nd ed. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017).

All the chapters apart from chapters no. 18, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 25.


Option # 2

D. Chalmers, G. Davies, G. Monti, European Union Law - 3rd ed. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014).

All the chapters must be studied apart from Chapters No. 13, 14, 19 and 22.


Option # 3

R. Schutze, European Union Law - 2nd ed. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018).

All the chapters apart from chapters Nos. 2, 14, 18 and 20.

Students shall consult and have at disposal the official text of the EU Treaties and of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights (available here).

Teaching methods

The course will be highly interactive. Theoretical issues will be confronted with practical cases (in particular, EU Court of Justice's rulings) in order to allow the students to understand and verify how EU law is actually implemented and understood by major EU actors.

Assessment methods

The (attending) students' learning will be constantly verified through discussions and debates. The final exam will be oral (for attending and not attending students). The questions posed by the examining commission will regard the topics indicated in the Section “Course contents”.

Teaching tools

Supplementary teaching tools (slides, documents, bibliographical references) for attending students will be made available through the online platform Insegnamenti Online.

Erasmus students shall discuss the Exam's programme with Prof. Casolari.

Students which need compensatory tools for reasons of disability or Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) should communicate to the teacher their needs so as to be directed to the dedicated person and arrange on the adoption of the most appropriate measures.

Links to further information


Office hours

See the website of Federico Casolari