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261U sec. 1 - European Union Law and Policy (Fall 2012)

Instructor: Katerina Linos  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 3
Meeting Time: TuTh 11:20-12:35
Meeting Location: 115

Course Start: August 23, 2012
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49691

The European Union establishes the largest market in the world; it is the biggest US trade partner, and the main site of overseas offices of American law firms. This introductory course examines the doctrines and institutions that structure the European Union, the political context that made this project possible, and the challenges it faces. The course will explore how European law impacts American firms and citizens; to do this, we will examine antitrust, privacy, and environmental regulations. In addition, we will discuss European efforts to protect civil rights, regulate the workplace and fight terrorism, and contrast these with US doctrines. Therefore, the course is not only intended for students interested in European economic law, but also for students interested in exploring US policy debates from a comparative perspective, as well as for students interested in better understanding globalization and other regional agreements.

This is an introductory course; no prior knowledge is assumed. That said, LL.M. students and others with a background in the European Union, other regional associations, or an interest in federalism in the United States, are encouraged to take the course, to help develop comparisons between Europe, the United States, and other regional agreements such as ASEAN, NAFTA and MERCOSUR.

I am hoping for vigorous class discussion. For this reason, I will limit readings for each session to approximately 20 pages. The class will be evaluated on the basis of a take-home examination. Students with a strong interest in a topic related to Europe may write a 30-page research paper in lieu of the examination, and satisfy the writing requirement.

Exam Notes: TH/P
Course Category: International and Comparative Law
This course is cross-listed in the following categories:
Business Law
Law and Economics
Law and Society
Legal Theory and History
Public Law and Policy
Social Justice and Public Interest
Work Law

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Required Books are in blue

  • Cases and Materials on European Union Law, 3d
    George A. Bermann, Roger J. Goebel, William J. Davey, Eleanor M. Fox,
    Publisher: West
    ISBN: 9780314184207
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $88.85
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Folletts prices are unavailable at this time.

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