European Internal Market Law
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleJUR-4MARKET
Credits (ECTS)7
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Law; Internationaal & Europees recht;
Contactperson for the course
M.C. Berndsen
Other course modules lecturer
mr. dr. S.J. Tans
Other course modules lecturer
mr. dr. J.M. Veenbrink
Other course modules lecturer
mr. dr. J.M. Veenbrink
Other course modules lecturer
mr. dr. J.M. Veenbrink
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2022
MSEM2  (30/01/2023 to 31/08/2023)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
The aim of this course is to enable students to form a well-reasoned opinion on the regulation and functioning of the Internal Market and its actors' behaviour. The course will confront the students with legal analysis and legal reasoning techniques in relation to EU Internal Market Law. At the end of this course, the students will be able to explain and apply Internal Market normative documents and critically evaluate recent relevant cases while placing them in the context of existing Internal Market case-law.
One of the main objectives of the EU is the establishment of the Internal Market. The future of the European integration project depends to a large extent on the proper functioning of the Internal Market. Moreover, EU Internal Market Law is aimed at removing obstacles to free trade and is, therefore, of great interest for business in Europe.
This course will start with two more general lectures, dealing amongst others with the different stages of market integration and ideas underlying the internal market such as the principle of non-discrimination and the market access approach. In the following two lectures specific attention will be given to the free movement of capital and the interplay between competition law and the four fundamental freedoms.

The success of the Internal Market project depends heavily on the law’s ability to tackle new economic developments, while adapting to new forms of integration. In this respect, the other lectures in this course will delve into topical novel issues, such as the provision of services in the collaborative economy, the new green deal and foreign direct investments. It should be noted though, that the specific topics taught in this course will depend on current developments in EU law.
Last but not least, since this course dealt with forms of positive integration in the Internal Market, the topic of harmonisation through EU secondary legislation will be addressed.The topics discussed in this course are complementary to and not overlapping with the topics presented in the European Competition Law, EU Employment Law and Advanced Notions of EU Law master courses.
Presumed foreknowledge
Master students:
Preliminary courses and minimum of EC’s required for attending this course and being admitted to the exam:
  • Students must have successfully completed a Bachelor (or equivalent) programme to be admitted to the course.
Foreign exchange law students:
  • A good command of the English language.
  • Students should have (basic) knowledge of the free movement provisions of the TFEU. For example, they should have followed a comparable course to Substantive Law of the EU at their home university.
Test information
The final grade will be based on a written examination (weight: 100%).

Contact information  

  • S.J. Tans, e-mail simon.tans@ru.nl
  • J.M. Veenbrink, e-mail: marc.veenbrink@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
C. Barnard, Substantive Law of the EU, 7th edition, 2022. Oxford University Press. (This book can be consulted digitally through RuQuest. Therefore, there is no need to purchase the book!)
Course reader containing relevant case-law and legislation (2022 edition)
Extra (online) reading materials indicated on Brightspace in due time

Instructional modes

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

Type of instructional modeWeblecture

Test weight1
Test typeOral exam
OpportunitiesBlock MSEM2, Block MSEM2