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School of Economics and Political Science
Course unit
EPP5069986, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
EP1980, Degree course structure A.Y. 2013/14, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination EUROPEAN UNION LAW AND HUMAN RIGHTS
Department of reference Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in HUMAN RIGHTS AND MULTI-LEVEL GOVERNANCE

Teacher in charge PAOLO PIVA IUS/14

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses IUS/14 European Union Law 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 45 105.0 No turn

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2013 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: None in particular
Target skills and knowledge: Students shall have to acquire a certain familiarity with the fundamental texts of EU law (particularly the EU Charter of fundamental rights) and with the most important case-law on the subject-matter which shall be furnished by the teacher.
Examination methods: Students shall have possibility to choose between a written exam or an oral one.
Assessment criteria: The exams whether written or oral shall be judged according to the appropriateness of the answer, the quality of the argumentation and the command of the basic knowledge. The peruse and possess of the ECJ case law shall be particularly appreciated and evaluated along.
Course unit contents: The course aims at studying in depth the gradual but ever increasing interest in human rights within the EU legal order, due not only to the expected accession to ECHR, but also to the fact that, according to Article 6.1 TEU, the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union shall have the same legal value as the Treaties. That would entail important consequences in terms of direct effectiveness of the Charter’s provisions and their relationship with the previous EUCJ’s case-law on the correspondent subject matter. Another important aspect the course will focus on is the so-called dialogue between Courts in a multilevel perspective of judicial protection of Human Rights.
Human rights, democracy and the rule of law are core values of the European Union and the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty has certainly strengthened such a perspective. The course will focus particularly on the new anti-discrimination law, by covering any form of discrimination, either direct or indirect, without forgetting the more traditional Economic, Social & Cultural Rights.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The students are strongly recommended to gain a considerable command of the fundamental EU Law and the relevant case-law of the EU Court of justice in order to be able to solve the main problems which arise in this peculiar domain of the law. The teaching methods respect the traditional approach of Continental Universities, at the same time recognizing the importance and usefulness of a case-study approach which fits particularly well with the Court of Justice approach.
Additional notes about suggested reading: In addition to the basic texts on Human Rights enshrined in the Treaties (TEU and TFEU) and in the Charter of Fundamental Rights, case law materials will be easily available during the courses.
Study materials will be available to students on the Moodle platform before the course gets started.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Jacobs, Francis G.; White, Robin C. A., <<The >>European convention on human rightsFrancis G. Jacobs and Robin C. A. White. Oxford: Clarendon press, 2010. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Shelton, Dinah L., Advanced Introduction to International Human Rights Law. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2014. Cerca nel catalogo