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Undergraduate Course: Judicial Protection in the European Union (LAWS10267)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryA study of the judicial recognition and enforcement of legal rights in EU law and the methods and reasoning of the European Court of Justice in achieving it.
Course description The European Court of Justice asserts frequently that the European Union is a system based upon the rule of law. Students will have acquainted themselves in Ordinary study with the avenues of judicial protection by which the Court makes that claim. The purpose of the course is to address them in much greater depth and scrutinise them critically to judge if the claim can be sustained. There will be some comparative references drawn to the means by which similar issues are addressed in similar jurisdictions
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesA pre-requisite of undergraduate study in EU law.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 5,000 word essay worth 100% of the course grade.
Feedback There will be a formative assessment made available in Week 5, to be returned within a fortnight. Copious written feedback will follow, upon an individual basis.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. have an excellent grasp of the structure, the jurisdiction, the methods and the work of the European Court of Justice.
  2. be able quickly to locate and understand primary EU and ECJ materials
  3. have a deep understanding of methods and limits of judicial control in EU law and in related issues in legal systems both within and without the EU.
  4. be able critically to assess the Court of Justice as a key institution in, and its contribution to, the European project.
Reading List
None. Virtually all of the reading will be legislation and case law in the public domain (and available from the internet).
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills The issues addressed and determined by the Court of Justice are myriad. Certainly the EU would be a very different organism but for its work. But its legal logic is sometimes unconvincing. The leitmotif of the course will be one of solving the issues with which it has wrestled but doing so reflectively and critically. Thus will the student acquire a more broadly based understanding of the issues and an ability better to analyse the success, or not, of the Court¿s contribution.
KeywordsEU law; European Court of Justice; judicial review.
Course organiserDr Robert Lane
Tel: (0131 6)50 2039
Course secretaryMiss Emma Hughes
Tel: (0131 6)50 2008
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