Uusi opinto-opas (sisältäen myös opetusohjelmat) lukuvuodelle 2018-2019 sijaitsee osoitteessa https://opas.peppi.utu.fi . Tältä sivustolta löytyvät enää vanhat opinto-oppaat ja opetusohjelmat.

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
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.


History of European integration
EU institutions and lawmaking
Direct effect, supremacy and State liability
Fundamental rights
Preliminary references
Direct actions
Free movement of goods
Free movement of persons and EU citizenship

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 voluntary exercises.

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. 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
  • In Finnish

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 0-5.
The grade is based on the examination (with max 40 points). Additionally, voluntary exercises are organised in conjunction with the lectures, and can provide extra points for the examination.

Study materials

Literature: see the teaching schedule

Further information

PERIOD: Weeks 42-50

Study rights limitations:
Available only for:
major subject students, minor subject students and Exchange students of UTU

All students must enrol in Nettiopsu.

Belongs to following study modules

Faculty of Law
Faculty of Law
Optional courses (MDP in Law and Information Society)
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Social Sciences
Studies in Law (Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences)
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Faculty of Law
Bachelor of Laws
Master of Laws DP
MDP in Law and Information Society
Doctor of Laws
Turku Law School