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KEUR 2180A - The Constitutional Foundations of the European Union

Type d'enseignement : Lecture and tutorials

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

In the course devoted to the Constitutional Foundations of the European Union, we shall focus on the Actors, the Processes, the Principles and the Tools that frame the process of European integration in legal terms. We start with the sources of the European project and study the institutions of the European Union: the Commission, the Council of Ministers, the European Council, the European Parliament and the European Court of Justice. Our objective is to understand the internal dynamics of the institutional setting as it is since the Lisbon treaty entered into force (December 2009), so as to assess each institution's impact on law-making. We pay particular attention to legal tools, legal integration and the Judicial Architecture of the European Union.


  • RUSSO, Eleonora (Enseignante et responsable pédagogique du master Affaires Européennes)
  • STREHO, Imola (Secrétaire générale à l'école doctorale)

Pedagogical format

During the classes we will keep lecturing to the minimum and engage in discussion with the students. Therefore, for each class you must read the assignments specific to the topic of the class beforehand and be able to discuss them in depth. This preparation is necessary to follow classes proactively. The class will focus mainly on legal, but if necessary also on economic and political issues.

Course validation

Students will be graded according to the ECTS system used at Sciences-Po. The final exam is 3/4h long open-book exam and will count for 40% of your final grade. The semester long assessment of the tutorial counts for 60% of your final grade. Class participation is essential and may allow obtaining a higher grade.

Required reading

Paul Craig and Gráinne de Búrca, EU Law: Text, Cases, and Materials, Fifth Edition, 2011