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030459 KU The Constitutional Foundations of Substantive EU Law (2018W)

Basic internal market law and selected underlying issues of EU constitutional law

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 3 - Rechtswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work



max. 46 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 08.01. 10:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum SEM31 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG
Wednesday 09.01. 10:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum SEM41 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 4.OG
Thursday 10.01. 10:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum SEM51 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 5.OG
Friday 11.01. 10:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum SEM41 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 4.OG
Thursday 24.01. 10:00 - 11:30 Seminarraum SEM41 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 4.OG


Aims, contents and method of the course

- Aim: A fresh look at EU law through a number of capita selecta. EU law for those who will never practice EU law again (but are bound to be knee-deep in EU law nonetheless), and for all others, probing the constitutional foundations of the EU legal order and its interaction with the national legal orders of the Member States
- Contents:
o Day 1 – Tuesday 8 January 2019: Implementing EU law
 A: Intro: What happens after the EU legislator has spoken?
 B: Implementation at EU level
 C: Implementation at national level
o Day 2 – Wednesday 9 January 2019: Enforcing EU law
 A: Complete and coherent system of judicial protection
 B: Judicial Protection at the EU level
 C: Judicial Protection at the national level
o Day 3 – Thursday 10 January 2019: United in diversity: a motto under threat?
 A: National identity
 B: EU Law and the National Constitutions: Ordering Pluralism
 C: The rule of law
o Day 4 – Friday 11 January 2019: The End?
 A: EU Constitutional Law in the Face of Global Security Threats
 B: The Euro crisis
 C: Brexit
- Method: 4 x 6 hours of lectures and class discussion, starting from the case law of the ECJ and national courts

Assessment and permitted materials

- Open book exam (all materials permitted) with essay questions
Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

- Understanding of the underlying coherence of the EU legal order
- Understanding of the interaction between the EU legal order and the national legal orders

Examination topics

- Implementing EU law
- Complete and coherent system of judicial protection
- National identity under pressure
- The current threats to the Union

Reading list

- Consolidated versions of the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union ([2016] O.J. C 202/1)
- Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union ([2016] O.J. C 202/389)
- Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 February 2011 laying down the rules and general principles concerning mechanisms for control by Member States of the Commission’s exercise of implementing powers
- Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (General Data Protection Regulation)
- Draft Exit Agreement (https://ec.europa.eu/commission/sites/beta-political/files/draft_agreement_coloured.pdf)
- Chequers Agreement: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-future-relationship-between-the-united-kingdom-and-the-european-union/the-future-relationship-between-the-united-kingdom-and-the-european-union-html-version
- Background material: K. Lenaerts an P. Van Nuffel; R. Bray and N. Cambien (eds.), Constitutional Law of the EU, Sweet & Maxwell, 2011
- Slides
- Selected cases:
o Printz v. United States, 521 U.S. 898 (1997)
o C-270/12 United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland v. European Parliament and Council of the European Union
o Case C-288/12 Commission v. Hungary
o Case C-156/13 Digibet and Albers
o Case Case C-362/14 Schrems
o Case C-538/11 P Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami v. European Parliament and Council
o Joined cases C-222/05 to C-225/05, J. van der Weerd and Others,
o Case C-36/02 Omega Spielhallen
o Case C-208/09 Sayn-Wittgenstein
o Case C-399/09 Marie Landtová
o Decision of the Czech Constitutional Court of 15 February 2012, TZ 8/12 Holubec
o Decision of the German Constitutional Court, BverfG, 2 BvR 2661/06 vom 6.7.2010, Absatz-Nr (1-116) (“Honeywell”)
o Case C-191/16 Pisciotti
o Case C 216/18 PPU LM v. Ministry of Justice
o Case C-130/10 European Parliament v Council
o Joined Cases C-411/10 and C-493/10 N.S. and M.E.
o Case C-370/12 Pringle ECLI:EU:C:2012:756
o Decision of the German Federal Constitutional Court on the Treaty establishing the European Stability Mechanism, BVerfG, 2 BvR 1390/12 vom 12.9.2012, Absatz-Nr. (1 - 319)
o Case C-62/14 Gauweiler and Others ECLI:EU:C:2015:400
o German Constitutional Court, Judgment of 21 June 2016 - 2 BvR 2728/13, 2 BvR 2729/13, 2 BvR 2730/13, 2 BvR 2731/13, 2 BvE 13/13
o Joined Cases C-8/15 P to C-10/15 P Ledra Advertising v. European Commission and European Central Bank
o R (Miller) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union
o Case C-327/18 PPU RO

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