Instructor(s) Klug, Heinz, Marauhn, Thilo, Nowopolska, Magdalena
The primary goal of this course is to provide an understanding of the legal system of both the European Union and the European Human Rights System which includes both member states of the European Union as well as non-EU European states.
The subject of the first part of the course, taught during the first six weeks of the semester by Giessen Visiting Professors Marauhn and Nowopolska, will be an "Introduction to the Law of the European Union." This will be a general introduction to the legal system of the European Union covering both its constitutional and institutional architecture and focusing on a selection of issues including (1) the EU institutional setting, (2) sources of EU law (treaties, secondary legislation, law-making procedures, direct effect, supremacy), (3) remedies in EU law (enforcement proceedings, preliminary references, direct actions, liability), (4) general principles of EU law (human rights, citizenship, rule of law, discrimination, proportionality), (5) the internal market (free movement of goods, persons, services and capital), and (6) a brief overview of other policies of the EU. The focus will be on understanding the underlying principles of European legal integration and becoming familiar with European Union legal sources.
The second part of the course, taught by Professor Klug, will introduce the European Human Rights System focusing on the history, institutional structures and case law of the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights which hears cases that arise under the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
For students who are considering applying to participate in the UW exchange program with the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, this course is essential preparation and preference will be given to applicants who have completed this course.