• Offered by Faculty of Law
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law, European Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Anne McNaughton
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2015
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This course provides an introduction to and critical overview of the legal system of the European Union.  It is intended to provide students with a deep insight into the internal structure and functioning of the EU together with its role as a global actor, particularly in the Asia Pacific Region. 

The course takes an interdisciplinary approach examining selected topics in constitutional and substantive law from a range of political, economic and social perspectives.  The course will also provide students with the opportunity, where appropriate, to draw comparisons with the Australian federal system and local approaches to substantive law.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Students who fully satisfy the assessment requirements of this course will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. explain the institutional structure of the EU and the nature of the relationship between the Member States and the EU institutions;
  2. explain succinctly the nature of the EU’s engagement with third countries, regions and international organisations;
  3. critically evaluate the nature and consequences of European integration;
  4. critically evaluate at least one chosen area of EU policy.
The course is structured and delivered in a way that aims to help students understand the unique nature of the EU legal system and its engagement as a global actor.  The course will examine selected topics including the institutional and governance structure of the EU as a sui generis legal order including the concept of multi-level governance; substantive law concerning economic integration and the internal market; the EU’s external relations in trade and development and the common foreign and security policy. 

Other Information

This is an intensive course with a 4 full-day compulsory intensive block of classes (see LLM timetable for dates).
Approximately 6 weeks from the completion of the intensive your final assessment will be due. Contact with fellow students and the convenor, both prior to the intensive and after, is conducted via the Wattle course site.

Indicative Assessment

A Course Study Guide containing approved assessment will be posted to the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks from the commencement of the course.

It is likely the assessment will consist of:
1. Research Strategy Essay of 2,000 words (30%);
2. Research Paper of 6,000 words (70%).

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24 contact hours of face to face teaching over 4 days.  The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion this course (class preparation, intensive and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours.

Click here for the LLM Timetable and course dates

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed LAWS8586 (non-lawyers only), or LAWS8182 for students studying Master of Laws in International Law or Master of International Law.

Prescribed Texts

Paul Craig and Grainne de Burca, EU Law: text, cases and materials, (5th edn) Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2011. 

Preliminary Reading

A Course Study Guide  will be posted to the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks from the commencement of the course.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2958
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1718 19 Jun 2015 19 Jun 2015 03 Jul 2015 15 Aug 2015 In Person N/A

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