European Union Constitutional and Administrative Law
Course code
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Course title in Estonian
Euroopa Liidu riigi- ja haldusõigus
Course title in English
European Union Constitutional and Administrative Law
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
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lecturer of 2019/2020  Autumn semester
õppejõud on määramata
lecturer of 2019/2020  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
Students will develop an understanding of the core constitutional structures and administrative mechanisms of the European Union. These will be developed in detail in the context of individual presentations that concern current issues, such as cases before the EU or national [constitutional] courts, legislative proposals, or implementation issues and administrative and procedural mechanisms of the EU. The research tasks will develop the students’ research skills, and presentations will give students further experience in public speaking.
Brief description of the course
The EU constitution in historical context
Conferral, Competences, and the Choice of legal basis
Legal aspects of EU legislative processes
Sources, hierarchy and key doctrines
Fundamental rights between EU and national constitutions.
EU administrative procedure
Access to official documentation
Forcing EU law
Current issues in EU constitutional law
The future of the EU constitution
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:
¤ Explain the EU’s system of competences from a legal perspective;
¤ Identify key legal issues in the EU legislative process;
¤ Apply knowledge of the EU’s hierarchy of sources and key doctrines to practical constitutional issues;
¤ Identify the role of fundamental rights in the EU constitution; ¤ Understand the administrative and procedural mechanisms of the EU.
¤ Explain current legal issues in the field of EU constitutional
Assessment methods
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.
Samuli Miettinen
Study literature
1 ECTS = 160 pages, 6 ECTS=640 pages
Rosas, A., and Arnati, L., EU Constitutional Law: An Introduction 2nd edition, Oxford, Hart, 2012 (1-142, 160-180, 236-288).