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DDRO 2020A - European Neighbourhood Policy: EU external relations law in context (The)

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

Originated with a view to safeguarding the EU's security and strategic interests and to promoting its values in the near abroad, the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) was aimed at developing a ‘ring of friends' around the EU's borders. Instead, it seems that EU's neighbourhood has become ‘a ring of fire' due to emerging geopolitical, security, economic, and social challenges. This course has a twofold objective. The primary aim is to introduce students to the legal and institutional aspects of the EU's international relations through the study of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). The additional aim is to provide them with the analytical tools necessary to critically assess how the Union frames and implements its policies in its near abroad. The course will be developed along three thematic modules. First, it will address the specificities of the legal framework governing the EU's international relations. Secondly, the ENP will be examined in light of its objectives, instruments and methodology. Thirdly, specific case studies will serve as a basis to explore the ENP's bilateral, regional and sectoral dimensions. At the end of this course, students will be able to situate ENP-related external relations law material in its political, economic and historical context.


PETTI, Alessandro (Doctorant)

Course validation

Students will be assessed as follows: - Class participation (10%) - 1 presentation in small groups (30%) - 1 paper (30%) - 1 final written exam (30%).

Required reading

  • Bouris, Dimitris, and Tobias Schumacher, eds. The Revised European Neighbourhood Policy: Continuity and Change in Eu Foreign Policy. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.
  • Kuijper, Pieter Jan, Jan Wouters, Frank Hoffmeister, G. De Baere, and Thomas Ramopoulos. The Law of Eu External Relations: Cases, Materials, and Commentary on the Eu As an International Legal Actor. Second Edition. ed. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press, 2015.
  • Cremona, Marise, ‘The European Neighbourhood Policy: More than a Partnership?', in Cremona, Marise. Developments in Eu External Relations Law. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.
  • Schumacher, Tobias; Marchetti, Andreas, Demmelhuber, Thomas (eds.) The Routledge Handbook on the European Neighbourhood Policy. London: Routledge, 2018.

Additional required reading

  • The Economist, Charlemagne, Europe's ring of fire. The European Union's neighbourhood is more troubled than ever, 20 September 2014.
  • Gstöhl, Sieglinde, ed. The European Neighbourhood Policy in a Comparative Perspective: Models, Challenges, Lessons. London: Routledge, 2017.
  • Del Sarto, Raffaella A. "Normative Empire Europe: The European Union, Its Borderlands, and the ‘arab Spring'." Jcms: Journal of Common Market Studies 54, no. 2 (2016): 215-32.
  • Blockmans, Steven, and Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels, Belgium). The 2015 Enp Review : A Policy in Suspended Animation. Brussels: Centre for European Policy Studies, 2015.