EU Law, Governance, & Policy (LAW-659A-002)
Fernanda Nicola, Michelle Egan
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This joint WCL/SIS course is a survey of European Union (EU) law and governance addressing cutting edge changes in European external and internal policies. While ‘Brexit,’ the refugee crisis, the sovereign debt crisis, and rule of law backsliding dominate the headlines, European integration continues to address varied governance and legal challenges, with different degrees of success. This course will focus on the theoretical and practical problems of European integration, the institutions, law and governance of the EU, focusing on the institutional structures, policy-making processes, and representative politics as well as the problems for political identity and democratic legitimacy at the European and national level. We will consider not only the ways in which particular member-states have influenced the construction of the EU as both an economic and political entity, but also the ways in which the EU has affected the economies and polities of its member-states. The course will draw on readings at the European, national, and international level to highlight either cooperation or resistance between national and European law and policy. Topics will include transatlantic trade and data privacy, rule of law, authoritarian constitutionalism and backsliding of democracy, reforming EU institutions, Brexit, digital single market, public health, political identity, economic austerity and eurozone crisis management. Students will be asked to write a paper that could also satisfy the upper level writing requirement (WCL) on a cutting-edge topic we have surveyed in class or on a new development after talking to the instructors.
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First Class Readings
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