Law 348 - European Union Law

Stephen Gardbaum

Stephen Gardbaum

MacArthur Foundation Professor of International Justice and Human Rights
B.A. Oxford, 1980
C.P.E. College of Law, London, 1981
M.Sc. Sociology and Politics, University of London, 1985
Ph.D. Political Theory, Columbia, 1989
J.D. Yale, 1990
UCLA Faculty Since 1998
Course Description:

The European Union is an economic and political union of 28 member states (although soon to be 27) and nearly 500 million citizens, and forms the world’s largest trading bloc.  It also represents the fastest and most ambitious example of legal, economic, and political integration in modern times. With ambition comes risk, however, and the EU is currently facing the most serious existential challenge in its history, with the combined impact of "Brexit," the continuing fallout and loss of mutual trust from the Euro crisis, the migration crisis, and the rise of semi-authoritarian "populist" political regimes in Hungary and Poland.  This course provides a general introduction to the European Union’s unique legal system and to selected topics of substantive EU law.  In the first two-thirds of the course, we will study (1) the EU's political institutions and its lawmaking processes, (2) the system of legal remedies and the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the European Union, and (3) the constitutional law of the EU, including (a) the relationship between EU law and the domestic laws of the member states and (b) EU human rights law.  In the last third of the course, we will study selected topics of substantive EU law which may include free movement of goods, competition/antitrust law, free movement of workers, sex discrimination law, "Brexit," as well as the migration and populism crises.  Exam.   

Note: The one unit version of this course will not qualify as a Group B elective for the Business Law Track

Course Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this course students will be able to:

-- understand and explain the unique legal system of the EU

-- interpret and apply EU treaties, case law, statutes, and regulations to determine how legal issues involving EU law are resolved

-- provide advice to clients, US lawyers, and policymakers on the EU legal dimension of doing business in and with Europe.

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Stephen Gardbaum 19F 348 LEC 1 MW 3:20 PM - 4:45 PM 3.0 No No