Academic year
2017/2018 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
ET3001 (AF:229513 AR:128448)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
3rd Term
Course year
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The course aims at providing a basic knowledge of the development of the European Union, from the origins to the actual structure. Special attention will be paid to the nature of the European Union law, as made by two different kind of rules: rules governing the functioning of the institutions of the European Union and rules concerning the operation of the Single Common Market as well as those matters where the EU has competence.

Knowledge and understanding: know the structure and the mechanisms of EU law
Applying knowledge and understanding: Analysis of a judgment and of EU legal instruments.
Making judgements: analysis of the evolution of the jurisprudence of the European Court of Justice in order to understand the development of EU law.
Communication skills: discussion of current topics and news, linking them to the main programme of the course, presentation of the results of short analysis and research.
Istituzioni di diritto pubblico, Istituzioni di diritto privato
Introduction. The EU Law: primary and secundary sources. The structure of the EU and the Lisbon Treaty. Composition, functions and interrelation of the main institutions involved in the law-making. The external relations. The relationship between the EU legal order and the legal orders of Member States. Incorporation of EU law into the italian legal system.
The judicial protection in the EU law. Direct review of the acts of the institutions, action against Member States for non-fulfilment of their obligations; the indirect review and the cooperation between the Court of Justice and the national judiciaries. Main rules and case law on the EU single market and on the external relations of the EU.
G. TESAURO, Diritto dell'Unione Europea, Padova, CEDAM, 2013 (in Italian) or

T. HARTLEY, The Foundations of European Union Law, 7 ed., Oxford, OUP, 2011.

An up-to-date European Union Code is recommended.

Student shall consult the EU website in order to retrieve acts, judicial decisions and further explanations: .
The assessment is structured as follows: written exam to assess knowledge and understanding of the evolution of the integration process, and the mechanisms of EU law. One of the questions will be on the ECJ jurisprudence in order to assess the capacity of the student to understand the impact of the judgments in the development of law. With regard to communication skills, some questions will be open questions in order to assess the capacity to support an argument.

For those attending the course: 50 % of the exam is a presentation in class on a topic at students' choice, among the ones proposed by the teacher, in order to assess practical knowledges, autonomy in the judgment, and communication skills.
50 per cent remaining: written exam.
Lectures, combined with workshops on the case law of the European Court of Justice.
Additional (general) readings:
- Strozzi G. e Condinanzi M., Diritto dell'UE, ult. ed., Torino;
- Adam, Tizzano, Lineamenti di diritto UE, Torino, latest ed..
- F. Pocar, Diritto dell'Unione Europea, Giuffré, Milano, latest ed.;
- L. Daniele, Diritto dell'Unione Europea, 2 voll., Giuffré, Milano, latest ed.

For further indications concerning specialised literature in English, French or Spanish students may ask the instructor.
  • Course with sustainable contents
  • University credits of sustainability: 3
  • Lecture notes, material for reference or for self-assessment available online or as e-book
  • Use of virtual forum, blog or wiki
  • Use of open-source software
Last update of the programme: 03/07/2017