European Union Law


The aim is to familiarize students with the European Union (EU), from the point of view of its genesis and the main milestones of its historical evolution, as well as of its fundamental values, attributions and powers and the human, material, and budgetary means.
It is necessary to provide, on the one hand, an overview of the EU institutional framework, its fundamental principles and its decision-making procedures. This includes an analysis of the EU institutions from the point of view of their formation, composition, competence and functioning. On the other hand, it is necessary to give an overview of the legal framework of
the EU and in particular of its system of sources of law, including the impact EU law produces in the legal orders of the Member States, according to certain methods and application techniques.


General characterization





Responsible teacher

Francisco Maria Gil Fernandes Pereira Coutinho


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language



Not Applicable


Ana Maria Guerra Martins, Manual de Direito da União Europeia, Almedina, Coimbra, 2012;
Alessandra Silveira e Mariana Canotilho (coord.), Carta dos Direitos Fundamentais da União Europeia, Almedina, Coimbra, 2013
D. Chalmers, G. Davies, G. Monti, European Union Law – Cases and Materials, 2ª
ed., Cambridge, 2011
Fausto de Quadros, Direito da União Europeia, 3ª Edição, Almedina, 2013
J. H. H. Weiler, “The Transformation of Europe” in The Yale Law Journal, vol. 100, 1991, p. 2405-2483;
Maria Luísa Duarte, União Europeia, Almedina, Coimbra, 2011;
Miguel Gorjão-Henriques, Direito da União, Almedina, Coimbra, 6.ª edição, 2010;
Nuno Piçarra (coord.), A União Europeia segundo o Tratado de Lisboa, reimpressão, Almedina, Coimbra, 2013;
Paul Craig e Gráinne De Búrca, The Evolution of EU Law, 2ª Edição, Oxford 2011
Paul Magnette, What is the European Union? Nature and Prospects, Nova Iorque, 2005;
T. C. Hartley, The Foundations of European Union Law, Oxford University Press, 7.ª ed., 2010

Teaching method

Doctrinal lessons where the teacher present the syllabus. In these lessons the students are invited to participate by asking questions and making comments.


Evaluation method

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Subject matter

Part I
Origin, Evolution and Nature of the European Union
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Constitutional History
Chapter 3
Legal Nature
Part II
European Union Legal Order
Chapter 4
Sources of European Union Law
Chapter 5
Principle of Direct Effect
Chapter 6
Principle of Supremacy
Part III
Values, Fundamental Rights and European Citizenship
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Protection of Fundamental Rights
Chapter 9
European Citizenship
Part IV
Constitutional Organisation of the European Union
Chapter 10
Institutional Structure
Chapter 11
Legislative Function
Chapter 12
External Action
Chapter 13
Executive Function
Chapter 14
Judicial Function


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