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The new study guide (incl. teaching schedules) for academic year 2018-2019 can be found at https://studyguide.utu.fi. This site contains only previous years' guides.

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ONOM1040 Foundations of European Law 6 ECTS
Organised by
Law, Bachelor of Laws
Person in charge
Professor of European Law Jukka Snell, jukka.snell (at) utu.fi, 3335851, room. 313.
Preceding studies
It is recommended that students enrolling on the course have basic knowledge of constitutional law.

Learning outcomes

The students are expected to gain an overall picture of the development of the European Union and its legal order, of its structure, institutions and sources of law, and of the relationship between EU law and national law. The students are expected to develop an understanding of the status of fundamental rights in the EU legal order, and of the problems associated with it, of the role of the European Court of Justice, and of the main features of and trends in the law of the internal market. The students are also expected to develop a basic ability to apply EU law.


- The evolution of European integration
- The structure of the European Union, and its institutions and decision-making
- The constitutionalisation of the EU and the changes the EU is currently undergoing
- The structure and sources of EU Law, their main features and relationship with national law
- The protection of fundamental rights in the EU
- The main functions of the European Court of Justice
- The key features of the internal market law

Further information on prerequisites and recommendations

The course is also open to exchange students and students on the Law and Information Society Programme. The maximum number of LIS and exchange students is 30.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 24 h 0 h

24 hours of lectures, including feedback on exercises.
Two voluntary exercises are organized in conjunction with the lectures. The exercises focus on the application of EU law and can overall provide 10 extra points for the examination. The exercises take the form of a complicated problem question that the students are expected to answer in one day.

Teaching language


Teaching takes place in English. The course is directed both at home students, who should develop an ability to study and work in English and to deal with English legal materials, and at incoming international students. Students can answer questions in the examination either in English or in Finnish. The questions are presented in both languages and are based on the lectures and on the study materials listed below. Students planning to answer in Finnish need to ensure they are familiar with the Finnish terminology, in particular by studying Ojanen, Tuomas: EU-oikeuden perusteita (2., uudistettu painos, Edita 2010, or more recent) and the Finnish versions of the founding Treaties, as set out in the lectures. The lectures will also make reference to the key terms in Finnish.

Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Written exam
  • In English
Written exam

The written examination will contain three questions: two essay questions (max 10 points per question) and one problem question (max 20 points).

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 0-5.
The grade is based on the examination (with max 40 points). Additionally, two voluntary exercises are organised in conjunction with the lectures. They are graded pass/fail. A pass will provide a student with 5 extra points, so a student may carry the maximum of 10 points to the examination.

Study materials

1) Rosas, Allan and Armati, Lorna: EU Constitutional Law: An Introduction. Second edition or more recent (Hart Publishing, 2012);

2) Weatherill, Stephen: Cases and Materials on EU Law. Tenth edition, or more recent (Oxford University Press, 2012): pages 3-22, 27-45, 54-65, 71-76, 81-82, 93-101, 112-201, 279-378, 413-441, 559-579 and 588-619.

Treaty on European Union (TEU)

Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU)

Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (CFR)

Directive 2004/38/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the right of citizens of the Union and their family members to move and reside freely within the territory of the Member States [2004] OJ L158/77

[Students are allowed to bring copies of the TEU, TFEU, CFR and Directive 2004/38 to the exam. The copies must not contain any writing or other annotations. However, highlighting and underlining are allowed.]

Further information

TIME: 7.1. - 30.1.2014.

Restricted entry and registration only for exchange students and LIS-students: restricted entry for 30 students. Registration for the course begins on 5th December 2013 (8 a.m) and ends on 30th December 2013 (at 3 p.m.).
Please see general instructions: Registration for optional study modules.

Belongs to following study modules

Faculty of Law
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Law
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Faculty of Law
Finnish Study Modules
Master of Laws DP
Law, Studies for Bachelor/Master of Laws Degree