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20.10.2020 at 10:00 - 24.11.2020 at 23:59



Students of the Global Governance Law and International Business Law programmes, OTM, ON, Law exchange students

No prerequisites

The course is designed to give the students an understanding of how European law operates and affects national legal orders. The student will gain basic knowledge of the constitutional and institutional structures of the EU and its legal order. The student is familiar with the EU’s objectives and the main principles guiding its work.

After the course, the student is able to identify and use EU legal sources for the purposes of solving a legal problem and will have the capacity to solve cases that presume basic knowledge of EU law.

1. What is EU law? What is the EU’s own legal order and what are the sources of EU law?

2. Where does EU law come from? The EU institutions and EU decision-making

3. The principle of allocated powers: What can the EU regulate? What belongs to the Member States?

4. When EU law becomes domestic law: The Member State and EU institutional duties in implementing EU legislation

Courts and legal remedies in the EU. What does the CJEU do and what is the role of national courts? What other remedies does EU law recognize?

ON-opiskelijat: Tenttikysymykset ovat suomeksi, ruotsiksi ja englanniksi, ja voit myös vastata näillä kielillä.

The exam questions will be provided in English, Finnish and Swedish. If you study in English speaking programmes (such as IBL or GGL) you need to answer in English. Other students may answer in English, Finnish or Swedish.

Allan Rosas and Lorna Armati, EU Constitutional Law. An Introduction (Hart Publishing, 3rd edition 2018), pp. 1-176, 270-294.

Treaty on European Union

Treaty on Functioning of the European Union

EU Charter for Fundamental Rights

The Constitution of Finland (1.6.1999/731), Chapter 8 - International relations

The course will consist of both lectures and seminar-type workshops prepared in groups. Independent work outside the class is required.

Written exam (0-5), final exam (pass/fail), workshop assignments (pass/fail)

  • The registration closes 10 days before the examination date. You can cancel your registration in WebOodi while the registration is still open.
  • Please arrive in the General Examination in time. Especially in larger examinations, the invigilators start dealing out the questions before the announced beginning time, so that the exam can begin on time. No late arrivals are taken to the exam after 30 minutes has passed from the announced time of beginning.
  • After the exam, turn in all answer sheets to the invigilators, even if you would not have answered all the questions. Also turn in any possible draft papers.
  • Prove your identity by presenting a valid ID with a picture to the invigilator. Accepted forms of ID include a Student card, Driver’s license, an official identification card or a passport. If you have an electronic student card, you can collect your mobile phone according to the instructions given by the invigilator after you have finished the exam.
  • If you need special arrangements, inform the Student services about it by sending an email to specialneeds@helsinki.fi at least 10 days before the exam.

Lectures, workshops, written exam, final exam and written workshop assignments