Fundamental rights in the European Union



The course will present evolution of judicial protection of fundamental rights in the European Union. The course will explore tension between fundamental rights in general and market freedoms and how it is resolved by the judiciary, particularly through development and application of judicial doctrines of proportionality and margin of appreciation in case law of European courts. The course offers interactive discussions, presentations and group work on the following topics:

  • EU Fundamental Rights in Global Arena
  • Development of Fundamental Rights in the EU
  • EU Charter of Fundamental Rights
  • Fundamental Rights & Rule of Law
  • EU Court of Justice
  • European Court of Human Rights
  • Discrimination & Non-discrimination Principle
  • Fundamental Rights & Fundamental Freedoms
  • Fundamental Rights in Digital Age: Internet & Social Media
  • Freedom of Expression and Hate Speech on Internet
  • Multiple Discrimination & Immigration
  • Fundamental Rights & Global Environmental Protection
  • Artificial Intelligence & Human Rights



Lectures takes place every Thursday at 13.30 h, Cirilometodska 4, classroom no. 7, second floor (unless changes are provided in advance of the class)



Snježana Vasiljević

Associate professor of EU Law




to be confirmed



1) take-home open-book exam (essay on a given topic or solving of a hypothetical case) - 60% of the grade

2) participation in "online" and "in class" discussions; individual or group presentation - 30%

3) regular attendance - 10% of the grade



The exam will be uploaded on the course website on the date of the exam. You are supposed to send your answers in 48 hours. This means you have 48 hourse for writing the answers. Any answer received later than the stated time shall not be taken into consideration. Your answers should be computer-typed and should not exceed 4 pages (cca 7200 characters). They should be sent to the following mail address: If for any reason this mail address does not work, you can send your replies to:
You are allowed to use books, articles and internet resources you find relevant, but you are not allowed to copy/paste sentences you find there. Whichever source you use, you must respect the rules concerning plagiarism and if you use an idea which is not your own, you must quote the source. Equally, you are not allowed to consult each other or any other person as to the answers to be offered. 

LINK to e-learning site Merlin

(with teaching and reading materials)

(course ID: 1920-84073-6621; login with AAI)

LINK to course Facebook page