Methodology of EU Law

Course offered at the doctoral studies at the Faculty of Political Sciences

 

Course holder: Professor Tamara Ćapeta, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb

 

ECTS: 

 

30 hours of classes

 

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Unit 1 - Introduction and discussion about the legal narrative of the EU integration history

 

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

 

Aim: to discuss whether lawyers description of the reasons and course of the integration within the EU differs from narratives of other disciplines, especially political science

 

PPT presentation: legal narrative about the development of the EU

 

 

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Unit 2 - EU Institutions 

 

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

 

Aim: to discuss how do EU institutions function and to compare the EU system of governance with systems in the States; to discuss EU federalism

 

students' presentations on institutions:

 

Ljiljana Jovičić: European Commission

Dražana Halar: Council of Ministers

Ana Lasica: European Council

Pero Mrnarević: European Parliament

 

PPT presentation on EU institutions

 

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Unit 3 - Data bases: eur-lex and curia

 

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

 

Aim: to learn how to use the principal EU databases - europa.eu; eur-lex and curia.eu

 

This class will be provided by Ms Aleksandra Čar in the premisses of the Faculty of Law, Trg maršala Tita 14, in the computer room.

 

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Unit 4 - Division of powers in the EU

 

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

 

Aim: to discuss how are the powers divided between the EU and its member states; to uderstand that EU does not have any original competences; its competences depend on the conferral by the Member States; to understand the principle of conferral as legal/constitutional principle both in internal EU matters as well as in foreign relations; to discuss principle of subsudiarity and proportiuonality

 

PPT presentation of EU powers

 

NOVO!

Jedano od načela koje uređuje podjelu ovlasti između EU i država članica je i načelo supsidijarnosti. Razgovarali smo  tome kako je politička kontrola nad poštivanjem tog načela od stupanja na snagu Lisabonskog ugovora povjerena nacionalnim parlamentima. Upravo je u tijeku jedna takva procedura u koju je uključen i Hrvatski sabor, te vas stoga molim da pročitate sljedeće dokumente/tekstove:

- Obrazloženo mišljenje Hrvatskog sabora o Direktivi o poslanim radnicima

- tekst iz novina

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Unit 5 - The Court of Justice and its role in the EU legal order

 

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

 

Aim: to learn about the organisation and the basics of jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU); to discuss the interpretive role of the Court of Justice; to discuss the Court's role in defining the scope of EU powers

 

Zadatak: Pročitajte predmet Watts, odnosnio barem press relase tog predmeta, ako vam je preteško čitati predmet. Pročitajte članke 56 i 168 UFEU. Razmislite kao je ova predua Suda utjecala na ovlasti EU.

 

PPT on the CJEU - EN

PPT o Sudu - HR

Case Watts

Case Watts - press release

 

Ako želite steći bolje razumijevanje situacije u okviru koje je odlučen predmet Watts, možete pročitati sljedeće poglavlje iz jedne knjige.

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Unit 6 - Courts and law creation

 

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

 

Aim: to discuss how and why do the courts make law; to discuss legitimacy of judicial law-making

 

Reading:

- Fuller's article 

 

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Unit 7 - Making a new legal order - transformation of Europe

 

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

 

Aim: to learn about the early ttanformative cases introducing direct effect and supremacvy; to discuss how has this changed the legal nature of the EU; to discuss outstanding constitutional issues of supremacy

 

Reading:

For the EU side of the story:

- case Van Gend en Loos EN - HR

- case Costa v ENEL EN - HR

- case Simmenthal EN - HR

 

For national sides of the story:

- read from Craig/De Burca, EU Law, Text, Cases and Materials, sixtth edition, OUP, 2015, from the page 278; at least the stpry of the German Federal Constitutional Court

 

For the good description of both sides of the story you may read the Chapter by Bruno De Witte: Direct Effect, Supremacy and the Nature of the Legal Order, in: Evolution of EU Law, edited by Craig and De Burca, 323 - 362; available as googlebook here. 

 

 

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Unit 8 - Direct Effect of Directives and How the Courts make law  

 

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

 

Aim: to learn about step-by-step nature of the law-creation by the courts on the basis of the example of the development of case law on directives; to learn about the sources of EU law, and especially the difference between a regulation and a directive; to learn and dicuss the development of the case law on direct and inidrect effect of directives

 

Reading:

 

- PPT on sources of EU law

- case Van Duyn HR - EN

- case Ratti HR - EN

- case Marshall HR - EN

- case Foster HR - EN

- case Faccini Dori HR - EN

- case Dominguez HR - EN

- case Francovich HR - EN

 

Background reading:

Craig/De Burca, EU Law... , pp. 200 - 222

Rodin/Ćapeta, Osnove prava EU, 2. izdanje, 2011., pp. 67 - 90

 

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Guest lecturer - Mr Colin Munro

Monday, 30 May at 16.30

Mr. Munro will give 2 lectures:

1. Brexit - 16.30 - 18.00

2. Migration and the EU - 18.15 - 19.45

 

Both lectures will take place at the Faculty of Law building in the upper town - in Cirilometodska street 4, in the classroom No 7 (2nd floor)

 

Invitation to the lectures

 

Executive summary of lecture 1 

Executive summary of lecture 2

 

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Unit 9 - Indirect Effect of EU law and the limits of courts' interpretive powers; State liability for damages

 

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

 

Reading:

- case Dominguez HR - EN

- case Francovich HR - EN

 

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Unit 10 - Internal Market Law - free movement of goods

 

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

 

Reading:

 

case Cassis de Dijon EN HR

case Keck EN HR

case Schmidberger EN

 

Article by Karen Alter

 

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EXAM

 

Exam consists of the production of the individual research paper on a given topic. Papers are to be returned by 15 July.

 

The topic of the research paper and instructions

 

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