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  • Crédits ECTS : 1
  • Niveau d'étude : BAC +2
  • Volume horaire : 10h00
  • Langue d'enseignement : Anglaise
  • Période d'enseignement : Premier semestre

The European Union supranational source of Law



Frequently the EU is referred to as an international organization sui generis. While most political scientists and jurists alike agree on its very peculiar character, this label is still subject to debate. This class requires some basic knowledge about the functioning of the EU. It is divided into two parts. In the first part, students will have a look at the EU from a jurist’s point of view with its most important feature being that of a source for supranational law. The second part of the class is dedicated to the political scientists’ view on the EU highlighting the ensuing consequences of a very unique integration project for the relations between EU institutions, EU member states as well as their relations with third countries.





Presentations and explications provided by the teacher will alternate with class discussion. When it comes to the EU judicial order, cases will be dealt with on a step-by-step basis in order to facilitate students’ learning process.




Ideally, students develop an understanding about the intricacies of different disciplines’ approaches to the European integration project. Furthermore, they have the opportunity to apply and extend knowledge acquired in their first year (basic knowledge about EU institutions).


The objective of this class is to deepen students’ knowledge and familiarity about EU institutions and their functions by introducing them to the sui generis debate. It provides a new perspective. The red thread of the class is to be located in the question over the factors rendering the European integration project unique.


Institut Catholique de Toulouse

31 rue de la Fonderie
B.P. 7012
31068 Toulouse Cedex 7

Tél : 05 61 36 81 00

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