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Book chapter
Legal semiotics and types of arguments in human rights cases in Russia

Anita Soboleva.

In bk.: Research Handbook on Legal Semiotics. Research Handbooks in Legal Theory series. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2023. Ch. 17. P. 254-266.

Working paper
Introducing Patent Linkage in Russia: An Odd Choice at Odd Times

Gavrilova O., Kotova D.

BRICS Competition Law and Policy Series. WP 22. Higher School of Economics, 2021

European Union Law

Academic Year
Instruction in English
ECTS credits
Compulsory course
1 year, 4 module

Course Syllabus


European Union Law is a compulsory course to be taught in English. A good command of legal English is required. European Union Law course aims to familiarize the students with the main trends in EU market and economic integration as well as its external relations. The course will also analyze the main supranational documents related to market and economic integration and jurisprudence of the European Court Justice. Thus, the course will include elements of public international law and EU law ‘properly so called’. The target audience is both students of the Faculty of Law of the HSE and foreign students. The course is taught in English. Link to the online course: https://www.coursera.org/learn/europe
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The course’s objectives are numerous but its main purpose is to provide students with the necessary tools to understand and analyze the nature, role and effects of EU law, regulation, proceedings and decision-making. To that end, the first sessions will lay the necessary grounds, that is, introduce historical aspects of the European integration, emergence of EU law, its general principles, main actors and an overview of general institutional design. After the necessary introductory sessions, we will look at the production and implementation of EU law; the EU institutions; general access to justice; who can become an EU citizen, including a corporate one, and influence the Union’s decision-making; who can become a litigant and influence litigation, and who is actually affected by litigation, including EU Member States. Largely, half of the course is dedicated to EU law and regulation of various economic aspects, such as EU internal market, EU external economic relations, energy relations, mega-regional integration, and Brexit.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge and understanding: demonstrate general knowledge and understanding of basic notions of institutions and actors of European integration, and the role of EU law in that process; demonstrate extensive knowledge and understanding of policies and principles of EU market and economic integration and its external economic relations, including four market freedoms, EU competition law, EU energy law, mega-regional integration, etc.
  • Skills and abilities: demonstrate the ability to find, select and evaluate primary and secondary EU law, as well as sources deemed ‘informal’ in a given area; demonstrate a solid understanding of the European decision-making process, in particular legislative and regulatory framework applicable to all kinds of economic activities in the EU and its external economic relations;
  • Students should gain the following competences: ability to work with information (search, evaluate, use information, necessary for fulfilment of scientific and professional tasks, from various sources, including application of the systematic approach); ability to carry out professional activities in EU and international setting; ability to search, analyze, and work with legally relevant information by using the juridical, comparative and other specific methods;
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Historical and conceptual overview of European integration
  • From Community law to EU law: a historical outline
  • Evolution of the creative role of the Courts
  • II. FUNDAMENTAL PROCEEDINGS AND CONSIDERATIONS Production and implementation of EU law
  • Primacy of EU law
  • Direct effect
  • Access to justice
  • Preliminary ruling procedure
  • Responsibility of Member States
  • Citizenship
  • Private actors and private enforcement of EU law
  • III. EU INSTITUTIONS Main EU institutions
  • Other EU institutions
  • Common market
  • Common currency
  • Economic union
  • Free movement of goods
  • Free movement of persons
  • Free movement of services
  • Free movement of capitals
  • Formal regulation and informal standardization
  • Competition/ Mergers and acquisitions
  • Anti-dumping/ State aid
  • V. EU ENERGY LAW EU third energy package
  • EU emissions trading scheme
  • EU environmental regulation and current approaches to sustainable development
  • International trade and investment
  • Mega-regional integration
  • VII. BREXIT. CONCLUSIONS The impact of Brexit on four freedoms
  • The impact of Brexit on various economics sectors
  • The impact of Brexit on EU external relations
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Reading response
  • non-blocking Written assignment
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    0.3 * Reading response + 0.7 * Written assignment


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Beaumont, P., Danov, M., Trimmings, K., & Yüksel, B. (2017). Cross-Border Litigation in Europe. Portland, Oregon: Hart Publishing. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1612374
  • Cafaggi, F., & Law, S. (2017). Judicial Cooperation in European Private Law. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1526354

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Thym, D. (2015). The Missing Link: Direct Effect, CETA/TIIP and Investor-State-Dispute Settlement. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.C4BFDCDB