LLAW6288 Introduction to European Union law

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW6288 / JDOC6288
Course name: Introduction to European Union Law
Programme offered under: LLM Programme / JD Programme
Semester: Second
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: No
Credit point value: 9 credits / 6 credits
Cap on student numbers: 25

1.2 Course description

This is a basic course intended to introduce students to the law and institutions of the European Union (EU).  The EU is an organization of (still) twenty-eight European States. Although the EU is not a federal state, its powers and institutions go well beyond traditional models of international organizations. In brief, this is a supranational organization situated in “a grey zone” between constitutional and international structures. Its impressive scope of powers (usually shared with member states) ranges from economic, market and monetary integration to the field of ‘justice and home affairs’ (immigration, anti-terrorism, policing, criminal and civil law coordination) and some common aspects of foreign affairs and defense.

The law of the EU constitutes an autonomous and developed legal system which is directly binding on all member states. It is based on international treaties, but it comprises also thousands of regulations and directives enacted by the EU bodies, as well as a developed case-law of the EU Court of Justice.

Although the European Union is undergoing a serious crisis (recently symbolized by the “Brexit” referendum in the UK), it remains a very solid and strong organization. This applies, particularly, to the field of global economic relations, the US foreign trade included.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor Lech Garlicki TBA TBA By email

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Describe and explain the constitutional structure of the Union as well as the nature and authority of different instruments within the EU law.

CLO 2 Use relevant information to be better oriented in the complicated structure of competencies and powers in the EU as well as in the member-states.

CLO 3 Apply this information in practical (commercial) relations with European partners and adapt to the complex structure of European supranational government.

CLO 4 Demonstrate better understanding of the impact of the EU on political, economic, and social cooperation of member-states.

2.2 LLM Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

PLO A On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to demonstrate a solid understanding of the body of legal knowledge and the capacity to conduct research on, critically analyse and evaluate legal principles, at a level required to meet the standards and expectations of the legal profession and the community at large.

PLO B On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to apply their legal knowledge and research skills to practical situations or theoretical challenges, and utilise their comparative understanding of the law and its political, social and cultural contexts to provide original and creative insights to legal problems.

PLO C On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to apply the knowledge, lawyering skills and legal reasoning to real and novel situations in life, with a view to resolving issues, problems and disputes within the legal parameters.

PLO D On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to demonstrate the ability to present effectively legal arguments in the professional context, as well as conveying and explaining the law effectively to lay clients and members of the larger community.

PLO E On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to appreciate the underlying moral values of the law and ethics in the profession and the legal system in the broad social, economic, political and cultural contexts: justice, the Rule of Law, and protection of rights and liberties which form the fabrics of a civilised society, and the importance of upholding these values by the legal community.

PLO F On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to develop a strong awareness of social issues and conditions, and utilise analytical abilities and rhetorical advocacy to provide leadership for the betterment of the human community.

2.3 Programme Learning Outcomes to be achieved in this course

CLO 1  ✓  ✓
CLO 2  ✓  ✓
CLO 3  ✓  ✓

3.1 Assessment Summary

Assessment task Due date Weighting Feedback method* Course learning outcomes
Class participation N/A 20% 5 1, 2, 3, 4
Take home exam TBC 80% 1, 2, 5 1, 2, 3, 4
*Feedback method (to be determined by course teacher)
1 A general course report to be disseminated through Moodle
2 Individual feedback to be disseminated by email / through Moodle
3 Individual review meeting upon appointment
4 Group review meeting
5 In-class verbal feedback

3.2 Assessment Detail

To be advised by course convenor(s).

3.3 Grading Criteria

Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/grading-criteria/

4.1 Learning Activity Plan

Seminar: 3-hour seminars in an intensive mode in January and February 2021
Private study time: 9.5 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks

Remarks: the normative student study load per credit unit is 25 ± 5 hours (ie. 150 ± 30 hours for a 6-credit course), which includes all learning activities and experiences within and outside of classroom, and any assessment task and examinations and associated preparations.

4.2 Details of Learning Activities

To be advised by course convenor(s).

5.1 Resources

Reading materials: Reading materials are posted on Moodle
Core reading list: TBA
Recommended reading list: TBA

5.2 Links

Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/learning-resources/

By the publication of the course profile online, the Faculty deems the student as having been notified of the course requirements.