EU Constitutional Law

University College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    EU Constitutional Law

  • Host University

    University College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    International Relations, International Studies, Legal Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    2.5 - 3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    3.75 - 4.5
  • Overview

    The 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

Course Disclaimer

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.


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