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Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This course will introduce students to the law and practice of the EU's international relations. The EU external action is crucial to understanding how the European Union and its member states face internal and external crises and new economic, security and social challenges. The course will be developed along three thematic modules. First, it will present the foundations of EU external relations law with a special focus the EU external relations competences, institutions and treaty-making powers. Secondly, it will deal with current issues of EU diplomacy and the EU's representation in international organisations and multilateral fora. The final part of the course will address the framing and the implementation of EU's proximity policies and present alternative visions on the EU's role as an international actor. Students will learn how to critically assess and interpret legal materials of the EU external relations and navigate fascinating issues at the crossroads between EU law and diplomacy.


PETTI, Alessandro ( Phd Candidate Paris Sciences Po Law School)

Course validation

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

Required reading

  • Bart van Vooren, Ramses A Wessel, Eu External Relations Law : Text, Cases and Materials. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016; or Pieter Jan Kuijper, 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.
  • Eeckhout, Piet, and Manuel López Escudero, eds. The European Union's External Action in Times of Crisis. Modern Studies in European Law, Volume 63. Oxford, UK: Hart Publishing, 2016.
  • Schumacher, Tobias; Marchetti, Andreas, Demmelhuber, Thomas (eds.) The Routledge Handbook on the European Neighbourhood Policy. London: Routledge, 2018.
  • Jan Zielonka, “The Eu As an International Actor: Unique or Ordinary?” European Foreign Affairs Review 16 (3), 2011.