Introduction to European Union Law
Course code
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Sissejuhatus Euroopa Liidu õigusesse
Course title in English
Introduction to European Union Law
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
autumn - spring
Assessment form
lecturer of 2019/2020  Autumn semester
õppejõud on määramata
lecturer of 2019/2020  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
The purpose of the course is to support student’s responsible development. The intention of the Lecturer is to open opportunities to develop students’ knowledge, and students should therefore seek to acquire knowledge actively.
Aside from achieved learning outcomes, the main aim of the course is to develop students` knowledge, learning skills, preparedness and willingness.
Brief description of the course
The course focuses on the structural and historical development of the EU, its fundamental principles and its institutions. An analysis of the interrelation between EU law and national law is provided for the students.
European integration and the Treaty on European Union
The EU Institutions
Union law-making
The EU judicial order
The authority of EU law
Fundamental rights
Rights and remedies in National courts
Independent work
Compulsory reading assignments including case briefs, legislation and scholarly articles to be read before lectures and seminars, as assigned by the lecturer and detailed in the course program.
Other tasks may include case analysis, written seminar papers, presentations, independent or group work as detailed in the course program.
Learning outcomes in the course
After a successful completion of the course, a student will:
¤ Know the structure of European Union, history and institutions;
¤ know the law making of the EU, legal principles of the EU and interrelation between EU law and national law;
¤ Is able to use the databases of legal instruments.
Assessment methods
One final written exam.
Other methods as detailed by the lecturer in the course program, including individual or group problem solving exercises, case presentations/analysis, a term or scholarly paper, and attendance and participation in seminar discussions.
Matti Kauppi
Study literature
Wyatt and Dashwood´s European Union Law, Sixth Edition Hart publishing 2011, Chapters 1-8 (pages 1-287).
Replacement literature
Lisaks kohustuslikule kirjandusele:
eur-lex websites (
including the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and the Treaty on European Union.