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LAW8715 European Union Law

Semester 1, 2019 Online
Short Description: European Union Law
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Law and Justice
Student contribution band : Band 3
ASCED code : 090909 - International Law
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Vito Breda

Other requisites

Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at


The European Union is the largest supranational regional organisation in the world, and the largest economy. It has its own highly developed legal system, and places central importance on the rule of law and legal certainty within the Union. This course, European Union Law, aims to give graduate students advanced knowledge of European Union law, its institutional structure and its substantive application in commercial fields. Students will develop advanced writing and communication skills in the detailed articulation of this law in research assignments. The course is available in the Master of Laws, Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Laws Honours.


The course deals with the European Union Law as it applies to the development of international organisations, free trade agreements, and the protection of individual rights. It is delivered intensively in four seminars over two weeks (two seminars in each of two weeks), and will involve closely supervised research assignments.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. evaluate developments in the law of the European Union and critically examine the relationship between those developments and contemporary theory or practice
  2. demonstrate advanced knowledge of European Union law and its influence on other legal systems
  3. undertake, interpret and evaluate legal research using advanced legal research methodologies and techniques relevant to the law of the European Union
  4. articulate advanced knowledge of European Union law in written or oral presentations.


Description Weighting(%)
1. The institutions of the European Union 25.00
2. Free movement of goods 25.00
3. European Union citizenship 25.00
4. Comparative analysis. 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

Craig, PP & De Búrca, G 2015, EU law: text, cases, and materials, 6th edn, Oxford University Press, New York.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Bussani, M & Ugo, M 2012, The Cambridge companion to comparative law, Cambridge University Press, New York.
De Cruz, P 2017, Comparative law in a changing world, 4th edn, Routledge-Cavendish, New York.
Fairhurst, J 2016, Law of the European Union, 11th edn, Pearson Education, Harlow, United Kingdom.
Smits, JM & Edward Elgar Publishing 2012, Elgar encyclopedia of comparative law, 2nd edn, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK.
Woods, L & Watson, P 2017, Steiner and Woods European Union law, 13th edn, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 100.00
Directed and Private Study 65.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
RESEARCH PAPER 1 50 50 30 Apr 2019
RESEARCH PAPER 2 50 50 20 May 2019

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in assignments: Students studying this course must use the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC) style. For AGLC style guide enquiries, consult the AGLC manual from the USQ Library's referencing guide at, or contact the Law librarian.