Law of Economic Integration in the European Union

13 March 2014

LAWS6982 Law of Economic Integration in the EU
LAWS6982 Law of Economic Integration in the EU

This second semester intensive 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.

The unit will be taught by Professor Dr. Marc Bungenberg. Dr Bungenberg is Professor for European Law, Public International Law and International Economic Law at the University of Siegen in Germany and visiting Professor at the Swiss universities of Lausanne and Lucerne. His main fields of research are European and international economic, especially in state aids, procurement, fundamental rights, common commercial policy and international investment law as well as WTO law.


  • 25, 26, 29 & 30 September 2014


  • 1 x Class Participation (20%)
  • 1 x 7,000 word essay (80%)

Law of Economic Integration in the EU is available to study through the following Sydney Law School degree programmes:

Legal practitioners can count this unit of study towards Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) or Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Candidates can also enrol in this subject on a Single Unit Enrolment or Cross-Institutional basis.

Candidates can elect to complete the assessment, claim the MCLE or CPD points and then count the unit towards a degree at a later stage.

Alternatively, candidates can elect not to complete the assessment but still claim the MCLE or CPD points.

For further enquiries or to apply or enrol, please contact the Postgraduate Team.

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