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Advanced European Economic Law

The course Advanced European Economic Law covers the institutional structure of the European Union (EU), the constitutional principles for the EU legal order, and how these affect the internal market.

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The course Advanced European Economic Law is given within the framework of the one-year master programme in European Economic Law at the Department of Law, Stockholm University. 

Read more about the Master of Laws in European Economic Law  

This course is the initial course in the Master of Laws Programme in European Economic Law. The course focuses on overarching constitutional and methodological issues such as the relation between national and supranational law, the Union's powers and their limits, the impact of EU law, the EU doctrine of sources of law, as well as the significance of general principles of law and fundamental rights and freedoms. The course includes study of the design and function of the EU institutions, particularly the different proceedings before the Court of Justice of the European Unionand interpretative methods. The starting premise for the course is the interplay between European constitutional law and European economic law. The main provisions in the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union about free movement are studied and insights are conveyed on the provisions’ significance as the basis for rights of economic actors and individuals in the EU legal order as well as the penetration of EU law into national law. The course highlights the impact of the rules on the balance of power between member states and the Union, as well as between the Union's legislative bodies and the EU Court of Justice.

The main purpose of the course is to increase students' ability to work with EU legal sources and methods of interpretation in order to thereafter be able to address complex issues within European economic law. The course further aims to impart insights into the broader political and constitutional context of the Internal Market. Working with case-law from the EU Court of Justice is the central activity in the course. Students are trained in presenting and analysing decisions by the EU Court of Justice in light of other legal sources and legal doctrine. Students shall further carry out legal investigations with the use of EU legal methods. Students shall present the results of their investigations in oral and written format. This is a translation of the Swedish original Page 1/3 To prepare students for their independent Master thesis project and to further strengthen the research profile of the programme, the course includes introductory seminars on academic writing, as well as on research methods in European economic law.

  • Course structure

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    Syllabus - Advanced European Economic Law

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    Teaching format

    Instruction consists of 10 weeks of full-time studies. It is structured as a three-step model, as follows:

    • A series of introductory lectures on institutional and constitutional EU law, as well as its relationship to European economic law.
    • Teacher-led tutorials in smaller groups, that link to the lectures and aim to improve understanding as well as prepare students for the subsequent seminars.
    • Interactive seminars on selected topics in institutional and constitutional EU law as well as essential European economic law. Students work mainly with analysis of legal cases from the EU Court of Justice. The students prepare written and oral assignments that involve application, investigation and argumentation and are presented at seminars, both individually and as a group. 

    The course also includes introductory seminars on academic writing and scholarly accuracy, especially on legal writing in English, as well as on research methods within European economic law. The language of instruction is English.


    Examination is based on active participation in the seminars, a written legal investigation and its oral presentation at a seminar, and a written examination.


    Antonina Bakardjieva Engelbrekt

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.


    • Schütze, R., European Union Law, Oxford University Press, 3rd ed., 2021, 1104 pages, ca 530 kr 
    • Case Law Compilation (will be available digitally)
    • Additional articles, texts, cases and other reading materials will be distributed digitally during the course

    Recommended literature

    • Craig, P., EU Administrative Law, Oxford University Press, 3rd ed., 2018, 944 pages, ca 760 kr
    • Hartley, T.C., The Foundations of European Union Law, Oxford University Press, 8th ed, 2014, 572 pages, ca 460 kr
    • Lenaerts, K., Maselis, I. & Gutman, K., EU Procedural Law, Oxford University Press, 2014, 1056 pages, ca 660 – 1840 kr
    • Tridimas, T., The General Principles of EU Law, Oxford University Press, 2nd ed., 2007, 720 pages, ca 940 – 1509 kr
    • Barnard, C., The Substantive Law of the EU (Oxford University Press, 7th ed., 2022), 744 pages, ca 550 -600 kr
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    Learning platform

    During the course, registered students will receive additional course information on the Athena learning platform.

    The Department

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  • Contact

    Course contact:  

    Course coordinator: 
    Asnate Maddalo  

    Course manager: 
    Antonina Bakardjieva Engelbrekt