Unit description

Examines one or more legal systems that are different to the Australian legal system. Will provide an insight into the similarities and differences between these other legal systems and the Australian legal system in order to enable students to compare and contrast the strengths and weaknesses of these other legal systems with the Australian legal system.

Unit content

Topic l :The political and economic origins of the EU.
Topic 2 : The political and judicial institutions of the EU, including a detailed study of the functions and activities of: The European Commission and its Secretariat-General; The Council; The European Court of Justice; The European Parliament.
Topic 3The principles of 'direct effect' and 'direct applicability' in EU law.
Topic 4The interrelationship between EU law and the law of the twenty-seven member States of the EU. This topic also involves an examination of the principle of the 'supremacy' of EU law.
Topic 5 Sources of EU law, including a study of the Union's legislation and its general principles of law.
Topic 6 Judicial review in the EU with special emphasis on the causes of actions and grounds of review. This topic deals with the question whether and, if so, to what extent the European Court of Justice may pass judgment on the actions of community authorities.
Topic 7 The four fundamental freedoms of the EU, namely the free movement of goods, workers, capital and services.
Topic 8 The trans-national protection of social and economic rights, including an examination of the EU's anti-discrimination legislation and case law.
Topic 9 Community liability: the right of citizens to recover damages from the Community when it fails to fulfil its obligations.
Topic 10 The treaty-making power of the EU.
Topic 11 The policies of the EU with special emphasis on the Common Agricultural Policy and the EU's social policies.

Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


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Fee information


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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 3

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