• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law, European Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

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.
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.


Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify and explain the institutional structure of the EU and the nature of the relationship between the Member States and the EU institutions;
  2. Identify, explain succinctly and critically examine the nature of the EU’s engagement with third countries, regions and international organisations;
  3. Critically evaluate and review the nature and consequences of European integration;
  4. Identify, research and critically evaluate at least one chosen area of EU policy;
  5. Plan, design and execute a research project that identifies, critically examines and communicates complex theoretical issues and practical problems in EU matters, demonstrating relevant research principles and techniques.

Other Information

This is an intensive course with a compulsory on campus component (see LLM timetable for dates).

Approximately 6 weeks from the completion of the on campus component 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

  1. Research Strategy Essay (2,000 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Research paper (6,000 words) (70) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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Approximately 26 hours of face to face teaching, usually taught as an intensive. The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion of this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours.  

Click here for the LLM Masters Program timetable

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Master of Laws (MLLM), Master of Legal Practice (MLEGP); OR Juris Doctor (MJD) and have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses; OR Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions; OR Master of Military Law (MMILL) Students undertaking any ANU graduate program may apply for this course. Enrolments are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the ANU College of Law for permission number. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed LAWS4279 Law and Politics of European Integration.

Prescribed Texts

The prescribed text for this course is:
  • Paul Craig and Grainne de Burca, EU Law: text, cases and materials, (5th edn) Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2011.

Preliminary Reading

Students must rely on the approved Class Summary which will be posted to the Programs and Courses site approximately 2 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.

An e-brick will be available on the Wattle course site.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found 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
2021 $4410
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5880
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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