European Union Law (2016/2017)

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 3, 2016 al Dec 16, 2016.

Lesson timetable

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.


Part I. The historical evoltion of the EU and EU integration. The EU structure: the institutions and organs and their functioning; the allocation of powers and areas of intervention; sources and characteristics of EU acts; the relationship between EU law and national law, including regional decentralization; judicial protection; the common foreign and security policy; EU external relations; fundamental rights in the EU system. EU citizenship.

Part II. The free movement of persons. The free movement of goods. Freedom of establishment and to provide services. Competition law: main legislation and the most relevant decisions of the Court of Justice. Competition policies applicable to enterprises: the prohibition of anti-competitive agreements and abuse of dominant position, the decentralization of EU competition law. Competition policies to Member States: State aid.

- R. ADAM, A. TIZZANO, Manuale di diritto dell’Unione europea, Giappichelli, Torino, 2014.
- F. POCAR, M. TAMBURINI, Norme fondamentali dell’Unione europea, Giuffrè, Milano, ult. edizione.

For attendees only:
- R. ADAM, A. TIZZANO, Manuale di diritto dell’Unione europea, Giappichelli, Torino, 2014, except for pp. 475-484, 581-612, 693-779;
- notes.

Erasmus students and students who have taken the exam abroad may contact the teacher reception timetable to agree on the program in relation to the number of credits to be allocated.

Oral examination

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral examination

Teaching aids