Institutional Law of the EU
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleJUR-2INSTITUT
Credits (ECTS)6
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Law; Internationaal & Europees recht;
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Contactperson for the course
M.C. Berndsen
Other course modules lecturer
dr. N. Ghazaryan
Other course modules lecturer
dr. N. Ghazaryan
Other course modules lecturer
dr. N. Ghazaryan
Other course modules lecturer
T. Hendrikx
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2022
SEM1  (04/09/2022 to 04/02/2023)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
In the course Inleiding Internationaal & Europees Recht, students acquired basic knowledge of European Law. The course Institutional Law of the EU builds upon this knowledge to add further insight to this area of law. Students will obtain a thorough knowledge of the doctrines of European constitutional and institutional law. They will become familiar with the theories of European integration and the recent developments in the legal integration process. At the end of this course, students will be well versed in the distinctions and similarities between the (inter)national legal order and the EU legal. Furthermore, the students will be capable of forming an academically substantiated legal opinion on matters of EU institutional law. 

This course offers insight into the constitutional structures and institutional procedures underpinning the EU, including some important issues of judicial protection and EU external relations law. Attention will be paid to the Union's current structure and institutions, the Union's powers, as well as the judicial instruments it has at its disposal for the purpose of furthering legal integration in Europe. The ambition is to sketch a concise encyclopaedia of European institutional law and to tie in closely with topical developments in case-law and practice.

More specifically, students will be introduced to the history of legal integration, the requirements for legality of EU Legislation, the effect of the various sources of EU law, and the role of the Court of Justice in affording judicial protection to individuals, Member States, and the institutions of the EU. Finally, the students will have an opportunity to take a closer look at the role of the EU as an international actor.

Presumed foreknowledge
DUTCH STUDENTS: Preliminary course: Inleiding Europees recht B1 or Inleiding Internationaal en Europees recht B1

FOREIGN EXCHANGE (LAW) STUDENTS: It is recommended that students have already obtained some basic knowledge of European law.
Test information
This course will be concluded by a written exam.
Contact information
Coordinator: Dr. N. Ghazaryan, Montessorilaan 10, GR 02.017, e-mail: narine.ghazaryan@ru.nl

Secretariat: Department International and European Law, Mrs. M.C. (Charley) Berndsen-Teering, Montessorilaan 10, room GR 01.005, e-mail charley.berndsen@ru.nl
Required materials
P. Craig & G. De Búrca, EU Law. Text, Cases and Materials, 7th Edition, 2020, Oxford University Press
N. Foster, Blackstone’s EU Treaties and Legislation’, Oxford University Press 2022-2023
Reader 'Institutional Law of the EU' (cases) (available at the Dictatencentrale and via Brightspace (only the version from the Dictatencentrale may be brought to the exam))

Instructional modes

Depending on the developments surrounding Covid-19, lectures may be (partly) offered in digital form this academic year.

Type of instructional modeWeblecture

Working group
Attendance MandatoryYes

Depending on the developments surrounding Covid-19, lectures may be (partly) offered in digital form this academic year.

Test weight1
Test typeDigital exam with CIRRUS
OpportunitiesBlock SEM1, Block SEM1