European Union Law (2015/2016)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Maria Caterina Baruffi
Maria Caterina Baruffi
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
1° periodo di lezioni dal Oct 1, 2015 al Dec 16, 2015.

Lesson timetable

1° periodo di lezioni
Day Time Type Place Note
Tuesday 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall Aula Magna  
Wednesday 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall Trabucchi, Cipolla  
Thursday 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall Cipolla, Falcone e Borsellino (ex-aula C)  

Learning outcomes

The course aims at providing a general frame of European Union Law by means of the analysis of the legal system set up after the Lisbon Treaty entered into force on 1st December 2009. Its main purpose focuses on providing the methodological tools to better understand the complex functioning of such system through the study of the interpretative methods created by the European Court of Justice. The teaching approach includes both a theoretical part and an analysis of case law. The students are thus able to develop the skill of applying European Union Law to actual cases and to acquire the basic competence in order to carry out tasks in the legal professions field as well as in international organizations. The course takes into consideration the historical evolution of European integration, the institutions of the European Union and their acts and competences, and also specific aspects of European Union policies such as competition law and State aids.


Institutional matters. Historical evolution of European integration (European Communities and European Union). EU law framework: institutions, organs and their functioning; EU’s competence system; sources of EU law and features of EU legislative acts; relationship between EU law and national law, with regard also to regional decentralisation; judicial review; common foreign and security policy; external relations; fundamental rights in the EU system. EU citizenship.
EU policies. Free movement of people. Free movement of goods. Freedom of establishment and freedom to provide services. Competition law: fundamental EU legislative acts and European Court of Justice case law. Competition rules applicable to undertakings: cartels and collusion, abuse of dominant position, modernisation of EU competition law enforcement. Competition rules applicable to Member States: State aid law.

Teaching aids