Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
European Law for GDL Students
Academic Year
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)
LP30105, LP30220, LP30320, LP30420, LP30620, LP30720, LP30820, LP30920
Mutually Exclusive
LA17120, LA37120, LA32410, GF17120, GF32410
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 40 Hours Total
Seminars / Tutorials 16 Hours. 4 x 2 hour seminars each semester.


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay  of 1,000 words  20%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Exam  80%
Supplementary Assessment Resit failed element(s)  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Be able to explain and demonstrate an understanding of the structure of European legal regimes and their relationship to each other.
2. Be able to explain the roles of the main European Institutions.
3. Be able to analyse the processes of legislation and development of legal principles at the European level.
4. Show evidence of having completed legal research in order to demonstrate a basic level of competence in locating and using both primary and secondary sources of European law.
5. Demonstrate an understanding of how different categories of European law interact with national legal systems.
6. Be able to explain the principles on which the single internal market is based and how these are reflected in Treaty provisions and developed in secondary legislation and case of the European Court of Justice.
7. Be able to apply the relevant legal principles to the resolution of theoretical and practical problems which raise issues relating to aspects of European Union Law.

Brief description

European Union (EU) law now comprises a very large body of rules which govern a wide spectrum of commercial and social activities at member state level and it is now impossible to gain a reasonable understanding of the law and legal system of the UK without a knowledge of the EU and other European legal orders. This module introduces students to the materials and methodologies of European legal orders and explains the principal features of the legal regimes based on the European Union and those arising from the Council of Europe Conventions. The module will focus particularly on the processes of law-making; the implementation and enforcement of EU law and policy; the legal accountability of the European Union institutions; the relationship between the EU and national systems, together with important areas of the substantive law of the EU, namely the internal market and competition rules.


  • An overview of European legal regimes: in particular the European Union and Council of Europe
  • Council of Europe activities, with special reference to the European Convention on Human Rights and its system of legal protection
  • The structure of the European Union
  • Treatment of police and judicial co-operation, legal activity and related regimes
  • The doctrine of the supremacy of European Union law and the role and working method of the European Union courts
  • EU law-making processes and categories of EU law
  • Implementation and enforcement of European Union rules
  • Accountability in EU law
  • The internal market rules

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Preparation for, and discussion, in seminars.
Improving own Learning and Performance Post-lecture research and seminar preparation.
Information Technology Post-lecture research and seminar preparation.
Personal Development and Career planning Learning throughout the module will be relevant to a career in the legal profession.
Problem solving Preparation for and discussion of problem-solving questions in seminars.
Research skills Post-lecture research and seminar preparation.
Subject Specific Skills Legal research: use of specifically designed legal databases as a resource for statute and case law.
Team work Seminar work: preparation and group discussions.


This module is at CQFW Level 6