87257 - Eu Internal Market And International Trade Law

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Academic Year 2019/2020

Learning outcomes

The aim of this Course is to provide students with analytical skills to assess, research and critically debate the functioning of the Eu internal market in the rispect of the principlesand obligations of the INTERNATIONAL trade law. At the end of the Course the student is expected to know the layers of governance of the issue at the European and global level; to acknowledge the main challenges key actors identify with respect to the functioning of the internalmarket and its relation with the INTERNATIONAL trade law, and to be aware of the Application of the Eu law in the global trade system

Course contents

The course is organized in two modules.

Module I is about the functioning of the EU internal market. In particular, it will focus on:

- EU fundamental freedoms: Goods, Persons, Services, Capitals (general overview, the Treaties);

- The Internal Market: purpose and legal framework;

- Quantitative restriction and definition of measure equivalent to QR;

-Restriction of services;

- EU competition law;

Module II deals with EU trade law as major expression of the EU’s external relations. After discussing the development of the EU’s competence in external relations and trade, the course looks at the latest developments in the field of global trade by taking account both the agreements recently concluded by the Union with third countries (ex. CETA, EU-Japan FTA, EU-Mexico FTA) and the recent jurisprudence in this field. Then, it considers the main challenges concerning EU trade law and the EU’s future relations with UK from a trade perspective.

- Introduction to EU external relations

- EU, trade and WTO

- The notion of Common Commercial Policy in the light of the CJEU jurisprudence

- The conclusion of FTAs: an institutional perspective

- Assessing key existing and forthcoming EU free trade agreements and the impact of the CJEU’s Opinion 2/15

- Case studies: TTIP, CETA and other recent FTAs

- Main legal challenges on Global Trade Law: foreign investments and the establishment of a Multilateral Investment Court

- Main legal challenges on Global Trade Law: human rights protection

- The future of trade relations between EU and UK after Brexit


Module 2

  • Van Vooren B, Wessel R. A., EU External Relations Law – Text, Cases and Materials (Cambridge University Press, 2014), Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 9.
  • Griller S., Obwexer W., Vranes E. (eds.), Mega-Regional Trade Agreements: CETA, TTIP, and TiSA. New Orientations for EU External Economic Relations (Oxford University Press, 2017), Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 9.

Teaching methods

The course is based on frontal lectures; it will be highly interactive and time will be divided to debates following the specific topics dealth with in class.

Assessment methods

Evaluation is based on two written exams (for attenders only) which will take place at the end of each module.

Not attenders: written exams, Q&A on both modules.
The programme will be the same for attenders and non attenders

Teaching tools

Power point, data bases, Audiovisual instruments.

Office hours

See the website of Marco Borraccetti