LAWS6982 – Law of Economic Integration in the European Union

This unit of study focuses on the most important issues of European Economic Law and examines especially constitutional law elements of the European legal order. After an introduction to the history of European integration in general it gives an overview over the European Institutions and explains the interrelation between the EU and its Member States. The EU as the dominant European actor in all economic matters is discussed.
The unit then gives an in depth analysis of the most relevant issues of European economic integration, esp. the EU internal market with its “fundamental freedoms” of goods, services, persons and capital as well as European fundamental rights.
Furthermore, the unit examines EU competition and merger control law with its extraterritorial application as well as the basics of state aid law.
The class concludes with a discussion of the EU external economic relations of the European Union. It also takes into consideration the question of market access of goods and services with an Australian origin and puts light onto public international economic law agreements between Australia and the European Union. Throughout the entire unit the interrelations of EU law and WTO-Law are paid attention to. Active participation of all participants is expected. Reading excerpts from textbooks and ECJ case law will be provided for preparatory reading.


Semester 2 Intensive
25, 26 & 29, 30 September 2014

The timetable is subject to frequent changes. Please refer to the latest version of the Postgraduate Timetable.


  • Class Participation (20%)
  • 1 x 7,000 Word Essay (80%)

Assumed Knowledge

Basic understanding of EU Law.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

You can credit this unit towards Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Units of study that are part of Sydney Law School’s Postgraduate Program meet the necessary Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) of the Law Society of New South Wales and the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements of the New South Wales Bar Association. You may complete this unit of study by enrolling on a non-degree basis or on an audit basis only with no assessment via Single Unit Study.

Courses this unit is available in

Master of Laws | Graduate Diploma in Law | Master of Global Law | Master of Business Law | Master of International Law | Master of International Business and Law | Graduate Diploma in International Law | Graduate Diploma in International Business Law | Graduate Diploma in Commercial Law