cod. 1002876

Academic year 2024/25
3° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Diritto dell'unione europea (IUS/14)
Discipline giuridiche
Type of training activity
54 hours
of face-to-face activities
9 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

This course aims at providing the conceptual basis to understand, analyse and interpret the European Union legal order with specific reference to its most recent developments. In addition to classical themes - such as institutional and jurisdictional dynamics, fundamental rights, legislative procedures, citizenship and relations with the Italian legal system - particular attention will be devoted to the respect of the rule of law, the principle of participatory democracy, the principle of good administration and the role of the European Union in the management of global challenges, with particular regard to its external projection.
At the end of the course, students are expected to: a) have understood the legal-evolutionary trajectory of the European Union legal system; b) be able to apply the notions learned in solving practical cases; c) be able to independently assess the European Union's responses to global challenges; and d) be able to communicate the content of (a), (b) and (c) using the relevant technical language correctly.



Course unit content

Origin and evolution of the EU integration process. Values and objectives of the EU. Accession and withdrawal. Focus 1: the rule of law. EU competences: the principles of conferral, subsidiarity and proportionality. The institutional framework: 1. The Parliament; 2. The Commission; 3. The Council and the European Council; 4. The Court of Justice of the EU; 5. The European Central Bank; 6. Consultative bodies. Focus 2: the European Ombudsman. The normative system. Treaties and revisions. Fundamental rights and the Charter. The ordinary legislative procedure and special procedures. Secondary law, binding and non-binding acts. Focus 3: the citizens’ initiative. The (primary and secondary) norms’ effects over individuals. The preliminary ruling. The infringement procedure. The annulment procedure. Other procedures. Citizenship and the free movement of persons. The principle of primacy and the law 234/2012. Focus 5: the principle of sustainable development and food sustainability between external projections and the internal market.

Full programme

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G. Strozzi, R. Mastroianni, Diritto dell’Unione europea. Parte istituzionale, 9° edizione, 2023, Giappichelli. ALL.
Or, alternatively
R. Adam, A. Tizzano, Lineamenti di diritto dell’Unione europea. 5° edizione, 2022, Giappichelli, ALL.
Additional teaching materials (regulations, directives, judgements, communications, reports, etc.) will be uploaded on Elly. The PowerPoint used in class ARE NOT CONSIDERED bibliography but, instead, are meant to be mere didactical tools; therefore, they WILL NOT BE available on Elly.

Teaching methods

Taught classes are devoted to illustrating the fundamental notions of the EU legal order as stemming from the founding Treaties, from secondary law and from the case law of the Court of Justice. The interaction between the lecturer and the students is promoted though discussions and the joint analyses of practical cases, in order to favour a constructive dialogue informed to the respect of the appropriate technical terminology.

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral assessment. The oral exam consists of three questions, aimed at: a) verifying the knowledge of basic notions; b) the ability to link basic notions amongst them, taking into account the current developments of EU law; c) deepening specific aspects of the subject matter at stake.
Following the learning outcomes, points a), b) and c) shall allow to evaluate the understanding of basic notions and their applicability both to practical cases and to evolutionary perspectives. Furthermore, the competence to communicate shall be evaluated with reference to precision, accuracy and mastery of technical terminology.

Other information

During the course, some seminars – held by other Professors and highly qualified experts – will be organized.
Students who work for the public administration are invited to contact the instructor to have access to audio-video materials recorded in the previous academic years.