Module Identifier LA32410  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Dr Diane Rowland  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Professor Christopher Harding, Ryszard Piotrowicz  
Pre-Requisite LA12310 or LA32310 or LA17120 or LA37120  
Course delivery Lecture   20 Hours Two one hour lectures per week  
  Seminar   4 Hours Four one hour seminars during the semester  
Assessment Exam   1.5 Hours Students will be allowed to bring unmarked copies of the recommended collection of legislation into the examination.   50%  
  Essay   Assessed essay of 2000 words (required in week 8)   50%  
  Resit assessment   By retaking the failed element (ie written assignment or examination or both, as applicable)    
Professional Exemptions Required for Professional Purposes  

Module description
When traders and protesters clash over the export from Britain of live animals, are the traders correct in saying that they have rights under European Community law? How do we address the demands of thousands of asylum seekers to stay in the European Union? Is it true that officials from the European Commission can search a company?s premises in the UK if they suspect breaches of the EC competition rules? Over the last thirty years or so the European Community and, more recently, the European Union, has become an increasingly important feature of legal life in both Western Europe generally and in the United Kingdom since it became a member in 1973. Although originally concerned primarily with economic and commercial questions, the scope of this activity has broadened to embrace social and environmental issues. European law therefore impinges on a number of areas of domestic law and it is difficult now to have an overall understanding of the law of England and Wales without some knowledge of the impact of the Community and Union legal system.

Aims of the module
The aim of this module is to introduce students to selected topics of substantive Community law. It builds upon a knowledge of the Community and Union legal order through a number of policy areas and the law giving effect to these policies. Broadly speaking these substantive topics comprise: the free movement of goods and the single market; the free movement of persons, immigration and asylum; regulation of competition between undertakings. These topics have been selected of areas of both central and contemporary importance and as being illustrative of the problems of giving effect through legal regulation to policies which are worked out at the supranational level.

Module objectives / Learning outcomes
By the end of this module students should have acquired a knowledge of a number of key areas of substantive law in particular in free movement of goods and persons and competition law. They will be expected to show further development in their skills in dealing with primary Community and Union materials (building on what they have already achieved in the prerequisite module), and to demonstrate further ability in applying legal principles to factual situations and in analysing and discussing European Union and Community issues.

1. The removal of obstacles to free trade and free movement of workers

Free movement of goods, workers, freedom of establishment and the right to provide services. For example, what measures of Member States will inhibit the free movement of goods and therefore the operation of the single market? To what extent may a worker from one Member State move to another Member State to take up employment there? When may self-employed people set themselves up in business in another Member State? Permitted exceptions to the basic principles.

2. Immigration Policy

The development of the regime governing immigration of non-EC nationals as well as regulation of asylum seekers.

3. The rules of competition in the EC

Articles 81 and 82 of the Treaty; the application of the rules of competition to agreements between undertakings; the control of dominant positions; the administration of the competition rules. This section will examine questions such as why the Community is concerned with matters of competition and the methods it uses to develop and enforce its competition law and policy. To what extent might agreements between private companies jeopardise the single market?

Reading Lists
** Recommended Text
Rudden and Wyatt. (1999) Basic Community Laws. 7th. OUP
Harding and Sherlock. (1995) European Community Law:Text and Materials (1995). Longman
Craig & de Burca. (1998) EU Law: Text, Cases & Materials. 2nd. OUP
Weatherill and Beaumont. (1999) EU Law. 3rd. Penguin