The course will examine the powers conferred upon the EU to carry out foreign and security policy, as well as the institutional arrangements of the second pillar governing the conduct of Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP). These issues will be analysed within the current normative framework of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) as well as be put into perspective of the reforms concerning the Union's External Action that was proposed in the Constitutional Treaty (CT).
European Union Law.
Recommended Prior Knowledge
This course aims to:
- Demonstrate the legal stages in the evolution of the CFSP legal order
- Analyse the current institutional framework and functioning of the CFSP/ESDP
- Familiarise students with the legal debate concerning EU's international legal personality
- Analyse the institutional reforms of the EU's External Action proposed in the Constitutional Treaty and their impact on the future of CFSP
At the end of this course, you should be able to:
- Recall the origins and the legal foundations of the CFSP and their evolution
- Recall the factors leading to the inception of the ESDP
- Understand the scope, objectives and principles of the CFSP
- Identify and analyse CFSP legal instruments
- Understand the methods of functioning of the CFSP and ESDP
- Demonstrate your understanding of issues related to: (i) Judicial, parliamentary and political control of the CFSP; (ii) Consistency between the EC external policies and the CFSP; (iii) International and institutional aspects of EU international legal personality; and (iv) Institutional reform of the Union's External Action.
- The origins of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) : The European Political Cooperation (EPC) and the Single European Act (SEA)
- Legal foundations of the CFSP and their evolution: From Maastricht to Amsterdam
- European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) as an integral element of CFSP: From Amsterdam to Nice
- CFSP Instruments and their legal effects; EU as an international actor
- Actors, decision making and financing of the second pillar
- Democratic accountability of the CFSP
- Pillar structure and the effectiveness of the EU's Foreign Policy: the reforms proposed in the Constitutional Treaty
||Performance and participation in class
A compilation of reading materials and documents will be made available to students enrolled in this course two weeks prior to the commencement of the course.
A compilation of reading materials and documents will be made available to students enrolled in this course two week prior to the commencement of the course.