Prospectuses 2011-2012
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Advanced Notions of European Law 

Course ID
first semester
Teaching methods
This course consists of 12 lectures/seminars in English of each 2 hours and a moot court sitting. The course is mandatory for  students of the Master European law.


  • Students must be admitted to the Master European law.
  • A good command of the English language is required.

This is one of the mandatory courses in the Mater European law. There are several reasons why this course mandatory for all students following the Master European law. The first is that such students have a widely divergent knowledge of European law and the workings of the European Union. At some universities European law does not form part of the undergraduate programme at all whereas at others, European law is touched upon only marginally. In order to be able to follow the later courses of the Master European law successfully, a thorough knowledge of the essentials of European law is indispensable.

The first objective of the course "Advanced Notions of European law" is to offer students not only a crash course in a new language, ‘Europeak', but also to acquaint them with the law of the European Union, with all its idiosyncrasies and peculiarities. This course concentrates not only on institutional and procedural issues but also offers an introduction to the substantive law of the internal market (the four freedoms and competition law). It is intended to provide a solid foundation for the further study of issues of European law in the later courses taught in the Master European law. Students already possessing a thorough knowledge of the law of the European Union can consider this course as a (necessary) refresher course.

A second objective of the course is to permit students to become familiar with the case law of the courts of the European Union, the Court of Justice of the European Union and the General Court. The provisions of the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and the measures of secondary legislation adopted by the European Union (regulations, directives, decisions) form merely the bare bones of European law. In the course of time the contents and scope of many of these provisions and measures have been fleshed out by the European courts in their case law. It is therefore imperative for students following the Master European law to become familiar early on in the programme with reading in the English language judgments handed down by the European courts.


The following topics will be dealt with during this course.

  • Brief history and development of the European Union
  • The institutions
  • The sources of EU law
  • The principles of EU law
  • The role and powers of the Court of Justice and the General Court
  • The preliminary ruling procedure
  • Enforcement actions against the member states
  • The judicial review of EU acts
  • The free movement of goods
  • The free movement of persons and services
  • EU competition law

The examination consists of two parts.

  • A moot court (written documents and sitting) on Tuesday 8 February
  • A written examination which will take place on Tuesday 15 February
  • The textbook to be used will be made known at the beginning of the course.
  • N. Foster, Blackstone's EU Treaties & Legislation 2010-2011, 22st Edition, Oxford University Press, 2010.
  • Reader "Advanced Notions of European Law 2011-2012"
  • Other materials made available during the course.
Allocation of credits

Lectures/sminars: 24 hours
Moot Court: 3 hours
Preparation lectures/seminars: 48 hours
Preparation Moot court: 21
Preparation exam: 100 hours
Total (7 EC): 196 hours



  • ms. mr. A. Looijestijn-Clearie LLM, Thomas van Aquinostraat 4, room 4.01.39, tel.: +31-24-3615736, email


  • mrs. drs. F. Argante, Thomas van Aquinostraat 4, room 4.01.35, tel.: +31-24-3615488, e-mail

  • mrs. drs. M. Grevinga, Thomas van Aquinostraat 4, room 4.01.36, tel.: +31-24-3615488, e-mail