LAW5302 - European Union law and policy - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Chief examiner(s)

Professor Geert Van Calster Personal ProfilePersonal Profile (

Quota applies

Postgraduate programs are based on a model of small group teaching and therefore class sizes need to be restricted.

Not offered in 2018


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Previously coded as LAW7019


This unit provides an introduction to the European Union (EU) and its relations with the world. The unit introduces students to the fundamental aspects of the EU's legal system (legal structures, principles, institutions, law-making procedures, enforcement mechanisms, etc). The unit then examines the EU's core economic law and policies, including the single market and competition policy. The unit also investigates the EUs relations with the world, including the EU's treaty-making powers, trade policy (notably in the WTO) and the ongoing attempts to create a common EU foreign and security policy. This unit is designed for Australian and other non-European Union (EU) lawyers who, for professional or academic reasons, seek an introduction to the law and policy of the European Union. At the end of the unit students will be familiar with the legal structures and governance of the European Union, the engine of the European integration project, the single market, and the EU's relations with the rest of the world.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  • apply knowledge and understanding of recent developments in relation to European Union law and policy with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning;
  • investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in relation to European Union law and policy;
  • conduct research in European Union law and policy based on knowledge of appropriate research principle and methods;
  • use cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate at an abstract level complex ideas and concepts relevant to European Union law and policy.


Research essay (5250 words): 70%

Take-home Exam (2250 words): 30%

Workload requirements

24 contact hours per semester (either intensive, semi-intensive or semester long, depending on the Faculty resources, timetabling and requirements)