What is the European Union and how does it work? The EU remains our single largest trading partner and our most important regulatory counterpart around the world. The EU is also a key benchmark against which we assess the effectiveness of international legal regimes from trade in goods and services to migration and human rights. And yet, as an institution of governance, the EU itself is often poorly understood.
This course assumes no prior knowledge of international, transnational, or European law or politics. It will introduce you to the basic structure of the European Union, and to core substantive law from free trade and the common market to citizenship, migration, and fundamental human rights. The course covers what every lawyer needs to know about the Union and its path from international organization to body politic.
(A research paper may be written in lieu of taking the final exam.)
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