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A.Y. Credits
2022/2023 2
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Matteo Gnes

Assigned to the Degree Course

Global Studies. Economy, Society and Law (XXXVIII)
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The course provides an overview of the legal tools used to achieve European integration: it describes the European legal framework, the different legal tools, their scope, how they have been used in specific areas, the problems arisen and the solutions which have been found. The challenge of this course is to provide a basic legal knowledge of EU integration techniques by discussing cases and other relevant materials, and by comparing European legal principles with US principles. After having studied the basic principles of EU law, students will understand that law is not a static tool, or a set of fixed principles: indeed, on the one side, it may be used by governments and individuals, as a tool to accomplish specific policies or goals; and, on the other side, it may be adapted and changed, as a reaction to the former use, within the limits established by the superior (EU or US) legal order.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Teaching, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Course books

a) Reference textbooks:

-  C. Barnard, The Substantive Law of the EU, Oxford, OUP, 5th ed, 2016

-  L. Woods - P. Watson - M. Costa, Steiner & Woods EU law, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 13th ed., 2017

b) Main readings:

-  K.A. Armstrong, Mutual recognition, in The Law of the Single European Market. Unpacking the Premises, edited by C. Barnard & J. Scott, Oxford, Hart, 2002, pp. 225-267

-  M. Gnes, Migration Opportunities in Europe, in Revue européenne de droit public – European review of public law, vol. 21, n. 1, 2009, pp. 35-62

-  M. Gnes, European legal integration: new possibilities for EU and non-EU citizens?, in L. Matei (editor), Normativity, fundamental rights and legal order in the EU - Normativité, droits fundamentaux et ordre juridique dans l’UE, Bucharest, Editura Economică, 2010, pp. 29-56

-  D.P. Kommers - M. Waelbroeck, Legal integration and the free movement of goods: the American and European experience, in M. Cappelletti - M. Seccombe - J.H.H. Weiler (eds.), Integration through law, vol. 1, book 3, Berlin - New York, De Gruyter, 1986, pp. 165-227

c) Additional readings:

-  C.M. Tiebout, A pure theory of local expenditures, in Journal of Political Economy, vol. 64, 1956, pp. 416-424

-  J.-M. Sun - J. Pelkmans, Regulatory competition in the Single market, in Journal Of Common Market Studies, 1995, vol. 33, pp. 67-89

-  K. Gatsios - P. Holmes, Regulatory competition, in P. Newman (edited by), The new Palgrave dictionary of economics and the law, London - New York, Macmillan Reference Ltd - Stockton Press, 1998, vol. 3, pp. 271-275


Paper and class participation.

Disability and Specific Learning Disorders (SLD)

Students who have registered their disability certification or SLD certification with the Inclusion and Right to Study Office can request to use conceptual maps (for keywords) during exams.

To this end, it is necessary to send the maps, two weeks before the exam date, to the course instructor, who will verify their compliance with the university guidelines and may request modifications.

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