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QLLM107 EU Constitutional Law II - Governance (Sem 2)

Module Description

The aim of this module is to explore how the European Union governs and how that governance architecture has changed over time. An important theme underlying the course is to explain why different governance tools have emerged and how they have evolved over time. One explanation is to relate these tools to particular projects such as the Single Market programme, the project of EU enlargement or the more recent Lisbon Strategy. Another explanation lies in the EU’s search to combine efficiency with legitimacy. In addition to considering explanations for their emergence, the course analyses the relationship between the evolving governance architecture of the EU and its underlying constitutional architecture and principles. In doing so it explores the extent to which new governance tools operate outside, within or in tension with the EU's constitutional system.

Module Topics

  1. The Principle of Conferred Competence
  2. The Principles of Subsidiarity and Proportionality
  3. Harmonization Policy
  4. Mutual Recognition
  5. New Approach to Technical Harmonization
  6. Better Regulation and Regulatory Simplification
  7. Comitology and Agencies
  8. Social Dialogue
  9. Differentiated Integration
  10. Open Method of Coordination
  11. Consitutionalism and ‘New’ Governance.

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Mode of Assessment 

2 Essays of 3,750 words (50% each)


22.5 Credits

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