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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW2093: EU Trade Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Module Aims

The aim of the module is to provide you with a thorough understanding of EU trade law. You will be introduced to a variety of different EU policy fields that are part of the EU’s external trade relationships and the legal constitutional foundations of the EU’s external trade policy. The module¬†EU Trade Law will be taught by a law-in-context approach. You will discuss issues relating to European trade law predominantly from a European legal perspective but you will also get accustomed to some of its practical implications and recent developments in order to develop a critical understanding of the EU as an international economic actor.


The combination of theoretical approaches with a discussion of recent EU trade law developments and their practical implications will be of particular interest to you if you intend to advice foreign ministries in trade related matters, if you are interested in a commercial legal career or if you are interested in the European Union as an international actor more generally.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Demonstrate detailed knowledge of the legal framework regulating external trade within the European legal order;
2. Demonstrate critical understanding of the legal relationship between European institutions and European member states in the context of trade;
3. Demonstrate critical understanding of the legal and political relationships between the EU and third parties in the context of trade;
Discipline-Specific Skills4. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of legal concepts, values, principles, institutions and procedures, and explain the relationships among them in the area of EU trade law;
5. Select and explain relevant information from primary and secondary legal sources using appropriate methods for investigating and evaluating them as well as appropriate interpretative techniques;
Personal and Key Skills6. Manage relevant learning resources/ information/learning strategies and developyour own arguments and opinions with some guidance;
7. Communicate effectively and accurately, orally and in writing, in a manner appropriate to the discipline/different contexts;
8. Identify, retrieve and use efficiently a range of library-based and electronic resources with some guidance;
9. Work independently and manage time efficiently in preparing for scheduled learning activities, exercises and assessments.