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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW2093: EU Trade Law

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics: 


Constitutional Foundations:


Competence in matters of common commercial policy 

Distribution of competences 

Express and implied powers 

The life-cycle of international agreements  

Mixed agreements 

Duty of loyal cooperation 




Common commercial policy, including

-     Development of the Common Commercial Policy: the internal market and external trade

-          Common customs tariff

-          Generalised trade preferences

-          General import regulations

-          Export policy etc.


EU development policy and trade

-          Human rights conditionality

-          Preferential terms of trade


Foreign policy and trade

-          EU sanctions

-          Impact on third states

-          Impact on EU states (banking sector etc.)


External dimension of the internal energy market

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities2211 x 2 hour lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities63 x 2 hour seminars
Guided Independent Study55Individual reading and lecture preparation
Guided independent study15Seminar Preparation
Guided independent study12Formative Assessment Preparation
Guided Independent study 40Summative Assessment Preparation

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

Other Learning Resources

Opinion (C-1/94) (WTO Agreement)

Opinion (C-2/15) of 16 May 2017 (EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (EUSFTA))