EU Law Tutor

Tutorial Aims

Our EU law tutorials have been designed to familiarise students with the legislative, judicial structure and functioning of European Union institutions, the fundamental characteristics of EU law, its methods and procedures. Some of the aims include:

  • To identify the main principles, processes and mechanisms of EU law;
  • To clarify the role of EU law in contemporary legal practice;
  • To promote awareness of how EU law influences domestic law;
  • To examine common presuppositions about the European Union;
  • To compare the mechanics of EU law to that of UK law;
  • To encourage reflective argumentation and lateral thinking; and
  • To develop and refine essay writing skills;

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this class, students should be able to:

  • Recognise the circumstances in which EU law may arise;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the elements of EU law;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the functioning of the EU institutions;
  • Identify the roles of the ECJ;
  • Analyse the ECJ’s its principles of interpretation;
  • Analyse the relationship between EU law and national law;
  • Determine which EU remedies should be applied;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the free movement of goods and persons; and
  • Debate the implications upon state sovereignty of EU membership

Teaching and Learning Methods

Teaching consists of focus on answering questions that will appear in the exam. Additional information, both practical and substantive law, will be given in the tutorials. It will include recent changes in the law, explanations of case law or discussions of how to tackle land law problems in the exam. Private Law Tutor tutorials are an opportunity to practise the information and the skills you will need to answer exam questions.

Books

The textbook we recommend is:

Turner & Storey, Unlocking EU Law, 4th Edition, (2014), (London: Hodder Education)

There are many good land law textbooks on the market but we have chosen this one because it is accessible and the type of text you should be using for the purposes of the exam. It covers all the areas we cover on this course; and the areas likely to come up in your exam. It is clearly written, in simple terms; and it is authoritative. Nevertheless you will need to supplement it by reference to your lecture outlines and other literature (case reports, case notes, journal articles and other textbooks).

Overview

A commonly asked question by students is how many hours of tuition am I likely to need? We have provided an overview of how our tutorials are delivered:

First Tutorial

  • Welcome/Introduction/Overview
  • First 30 minutes – Introduction/overview/terminology/Exam advice
  • First hour – Statehood: sovereignty, states as members of international organisations
  • Second 30 minutes – Question time: Student’s question will be answered

Second Tutorial

  • Development of the EU
  • Third Hour – the founding treaties, principle and sources of EU law
  • Fourth hour – Intensive problem questions/essay questions will be covered.

Third Tutorial

  • Constitution of the EU
  • Fifth Hour – Preliminary reference procedure
  • Sixth Hour – Judicial review

Fourth Tutorial

  • Free Movement of Goods
  • Seventh Hour – The law in relation to Free Movement of Goods
  • Eight Hour – Intensive problem questions/essay questions will be covered

Fifth Tutorial

  • Free Movement of Workers
  • Ninth Hour – The law in relation to Free Movement of Workers and Citizenship
    Tenth Hour – Intensive problem questions/essay questions will be covered
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