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Adv EU Law, Policy and Diplomacy (LAW-659A-001)
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This is and advanced course intended to introduce only briefly students to the law and institutions of the European Union, with particular attention to its foreign trade and development policies and its diplomatic missions. The law of the EU, a complex edifice which has been constructed alongside and over the law of its member states, comprises a vast and detailed body of treaties, case law and regulation of every kind.
In addition, political and diplomatic forces have deeply shaped the EU jurisprudence and the ability of EU institutions to shape international trade and foreign policy. An example lies in the political and diplomatic challenges posed by the first round of negotiation of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and US. Even though trade negotiators diverge on substantive goals, an overlooked obstacle in the negotiation is the increasing divide between transatlantic administrative legal cultures. To achieve greater regulatory harmonization, lawyers across the Atlantic need to openly confront with the lack of joint assessment procedures as well as institutional divergences in regulatory decision-making processes and participatory mechanisms. This course will tackle some of these challenges while following the negotiation of the TTIP agreement.
This course will necessarily be very selective, and will provide a first look at the EU in some of its particular areas of its Foreign Policy and the EU external action. The course aims primarily to provide an entry point into the study of this unique political arrangement which, despite the various labels – superstate, federation, international organization – which are sometimes used to describe it, continues to defy ready categorization.
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