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European Union:Institutions & Legal Systems - JURD7551
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Faculty: Faculty of Law
School:  School of Law
Course Outline: See below
Campus: Kensington Campus
Career: Postgraduate
Units of Credit: 6
EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)
Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 2
Enrolment Requirements:
Prerequisite: Academic Program JD (9150) Co: JURD7211
Excluded: LAWS8151
Fee Band: 1 (more info)
Further Information: See Class Timetable


The Common Market of the 1960s has now become the European Union, and the Treaty of Rome has emerged as the constitutional charter of a Community of nations based on the rule of law. This transformation results from one of the most dramatic constitutional experiments in modern history which has united former political and military enemies in "an ever closer union" with 370 million citizens. The European Union is now Australia's largest economic partner and has emerged as a major factor in international politics and the international economic order. This course serve as a foundation course for specialisation LLM (EU Law).

Recommended Prior Knowledge


Course Objectives

The course is designed to give students a comprehensive introduction to the constitutional theory and history, institutional structure and basic elements of the legal system of the unique polity which is the European Union. The objective is to describe crucial principles and doctrines of EU law. For Australian lawyers involved in translational legal relations especially with Europe, an understanding of EU law and legal institutions is necessary.

Main Topics

Particular attention will be paid to the history and theory of European integration, constitutional processes, composition, powers and functions of the main legislative or executive organs (Council, Commission and European Parliament) and to the judicial organs (European Court of Justice and Court of First Instance). The course will then focus on the most important aspects of the legal system: supremacy and direct effect of Union law; 'general' principles of law including fundamental rights; Union citizenship; the role of Union and national courts in enforcing and applying Union law.


Research assignment 6,000 words 70%
Class presentation 20%
Class participation Preparation and engagement in class 10% (maximisable)

Course Texts

Paul Craig and Grainne de Buurca, EU Law: Text Cases and Materials (Oxford University Press, 2003, 3rd ed)

  • John Peterson and Michael Shackleton, The Institutions of the European Union, Oxford University Press 2002
  • Bernard Rudden and Derrick Wyatt, Basic Community Laws (Oxford University Press, latest edition
  • Bernard Rudden and Diarmuid Rossa Phelan, Basic Community Cases (Oxford University Press, latest edition


Refer to Course Outline provided by lecturer at the beginning of session.

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