The course addresses the key principles of European Union constitutional law through an analysis of
the case-law of the Court of Justice (“CJEU”) as well as several theoretical perspectives on the discipline. The main themes of the class will be the vertical division of powers (between the Union and its Member States), the horizontal division of powers (between European institutions), the principle of direct effect, the status of human rights within the European legal order, legal pluralism, national identity, citizenship and the rule of law.
primary source material for the class is the case-law of the CJEU.
class seeks to develop a realist perspective on judicial
the end of the
be able to construct legal counter-arguments to the analysis put
forward by the Court in its case-law. This will allow the student to
take a critical position with respect to the case-law of the Court.
course also engages with theoretical perspectives on the discipline.
different conceptualizations of the notion of constitutionalism, and
address whether and how the notion can be and is relevant for the
European Union legal order. These theoretical perspectives are
brought to bear on an analysis of the case-law of the Court.
- Enseignant: Van Malleghem Pieter-Augustijn