EU Constitutional Law
University College Dublin
Area of Study
International Relations, International Studies, Legal Studies
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits2.5 - 3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units3.75 - 4.5
Hours & Credits
OverviewThe aim of this module is to give students a grounding in the institutional and constitutional framework of the
European Union. European Union law is first put in its historical framework by considering the constitutional
evolution of the European Union, including an analysis of the impact of the Treaty of Lisbon. The law relating
to the institutions as this stands post-Lisbon is then analysed in some detail, beginning with the the
political institutions (including analysis of the legislative process at European Union level). The
institutional structure and operation of the Court of Justice of the European Union are also examined,
as are the forms of litigation which come before the Various sources of European Union law are looked at:
including Treaty articles, secondary legislation and general principles (including fundamental rights).
The great doctrines of European Union law, such as the autonomy of European Union law, supremacy, direct
effect, the interpretive obligation and state liability are looked at. European Union citizenship is also
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.
Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.
Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.