• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law

This course provides an introduction to and critical overview of the legal system of the European Union and the processes of European integration.  It is intended to provide students with a deep insight into the internal structure and functioning of the EU and the integrative processes that have contributed to this.  The course also considers the role of the EU 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:

  1. the acquisition of a detailed knowledge of the institutional structure of the EU, the principles of European law and integration and the ability to demonstrate understanding of the development of these principles;
  2. the acquisition of a detailed knowledge of the EU as a global actor, the relationship of the Member States and the EU institutions and the EU’s engagement with third countries, regions and international organisations;
  3. the ability to critically evaluate the institutional structure of the EU; its engagement as a global actor; the nature and consequences of European law and integration; and at least one area of EU policy. Students who fully satisfy the assessment requirements of this course will have the knowledge and skills to:
  4. explain the institutional structure of the EU and the nature of the relationship between the Member States and the EU institutions;
  5. explain succinctly the nature of the EU’s engagement with third countries, regions and international organisations;
  6. compare, contrast and reflect on the nature and consequences of European integration;
  7. critically evaluate at least one chosen area of EU policy.

Other Information

Classes may be offered in non-standard sessions and be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (a minimum of 36 hours). Please refer to the LLB timetable for dates. Please contact the ANU College of Law Student Administration Services to request a permission code to enrol in classes offered in non-standard sessions.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Research Strategy Report (2 500 words) (null) [LO null]
  2. Research Paper (5 000 words) (null) [LO null]

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Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have 3 contact hours per week (a minimum of 36 hours). Students are generally expected to devote at least 10 hours overall per week to this course.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Bachelor of Laws (LLB, LLB(H)) and have completed or be completing five 1000 level LAWS courses; OR Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD) and have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed LAWS8239 The European Union.


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
2020 $4110
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5460
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1589 11 Jan 2021 11 Jan 2021 22 Jan 2021 19 Feb 2021 In Person View

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