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KAFP 3905 - Constitutional Foundations of the European Union (The)

Type d'enseignement : Lecture and tutorials

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 36

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The course covers in detail the constitutional foundations of the most advanced organisation of integration, the European Union. In the first part, the course will focus on the legal processes at stake to build a space of integration. The European Union will be analysed as a Community of values governed by fundamental principles, necessary to build a democratic legal order. The European Union will also be discussed as an original experience of legal integration of Member States, the latter playing a constant and very specific role. In the second part, a particular attention will be paid to the judicial architecture of the EU aiming at understanding the division of competences between the ECJ and national judges. The protection of fundamental rights will also be assessed with a special focus on the legal consequences of the Brexit.


  • BERROD, Frédérique (Professeure des universités)
  • FOGEL, Lise (Chargée de mission)
  • MENSOUS, Chahinaz (Doctorant)
  • TAMBOU, Olivia (Maître de Conférences HDR)

Pedagogical format

During the classes we will keep lecturing to the minimum and engage in discussion with the students. 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 according to the following break-down: - 30% mid-term - 40% examen final - 30% conferences. Extra points (2 maximum) can be given according to students' participation.


During each session, we will situate the topic of the class in the ongoing debates and challenges of the EU. The discussion will be based on cases and materials determined for each session. Therefore, for each class students must read the assignments specific to the topic of the class beforehand and be able to discuss them in depth.

Required reading

  • Paul CRAIG et Grainne de BURCA, EU Law. Text, Cases and Materials, Oxford University Press, 6th ed., 2015
  • Catherine BARNARD, Substantive Law of the EU, OUP, 5 th ed, 2016
  • Robert SCHÜTZE, European Union Law, Cambridge University Press, 2015
  • Jean Paul JACQUÉ, Droit institutionnel de l'Union européenne, Dalloz, 9e ed., 2018
  • Francesco Martucci, Droit de l'Union européenne, Dalloz, Hypercours, 2017

Additional required reading

  • Paul CRAIG, The Lisbon Treaty, Oxford University Press, 2010
  • Koen Lenaerts, Piet Van Nuffel, Robert Bray, Nathan Cambien, European Union Law, Sweet and Maxwell 2011
  • Koen Lenaerts, Ignace Maselis, Kathleen Gutman, EU Procedural law, Oxford University Press, 2015
  • Fabrice Picod, Sébastien Van Drooghenbroeck, La Charte des Droits Fondamentaux de l'Union européenne, Commentaire art. par art. Bruylant

Senior lecturers

  • FOGEL, Lise (Chargée de mission)
  • MENSOUS, Chahinaz (Doctorant)