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Summer II 2023

5385 Introduction to the Laws of European Union - WILLIS- 11872

Professor(s): Tasha Willis (CLINICAL FACULTY [405(b)])

Credits: 3

Course Areas: International Law 

Time: 6:00p-8:45p  MTW  Location: 100 

Course Outline: The aim of this course is to provide students with a basic understanding of how the European Union uses the law as a means to achieve market objectives through national and international business transactions .To this end the class will examine the basic components lawyers need to know when preparing to draft contracts involving EU member states. These include:
• the emergence of the European Economic Community
• how the European Union is administered/governed by the four main institutions
• the sources and general principles of the European Community law
• how European Community law is integrated at a national level
• the contributions of the Court of Justice to this process
• how European community law is enforced at both a national and European level

The course will be graded on a series of short and practical written assignments, which will guide students through the drafting of a basic contract enforceable within the European Union. There will be four contractual drafting assignments that will be designed to build upon each other so that the fourth and final assignment will result in a draft of a complete contractual agreement. Over the course of the semester, each student will prepare an agreement governed by European Union law. The agreement should not exceed ten (10) pages. Additionally, 15% of the grade will be based on a student experiential in class assignment.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes: (Face-to-Face)  The UH registration system instruction mode for this course is listed in parenthesis. After student registration opens, there may be instruction mode changes to this course up through two weeks before the first day of classes for the term, but notice of such changes will be sent to then-registered students. For this instruction mode, instructors and students are expected to normally be physically present in the classroom. If the course has a final examination, it will be in a classroom requiring your physical presence. Other assessment, such as a mid-term exam, may also be in a classroom. Whether this instructor will offer “remote presence” (starting a zoom meeting from the podium computer to enable student remote access on an occasional basis) for part or all of the semester is not known, but students should not rely on an expectation that remote presence will be available.


Materials will be handed out in class as needed. Students will become proficient in locating relevant, current law in a broad range of topics.

Secondary online sources are as follows: is the website of a joint Harvard/New York University program to teach EU law. Supporting the open source approach to learning, these institutions have made their full courses available on line, including lectures and reading materials. Selective excerpts from the materials in this program will be used in reading assignments. contains daily articles on current legal (and other) topics, but also contains extensive references and links to official materials and studies of other organizations such as NGOs, think tanks, trade organizations and legal journals., and are basically news sources discussing new legislation and its implementation in the member states. focuses on news regarding business aspects of EU law and has extensive guides to specific sectors and An interesting blog on the European Court of Justice – its cases, its members, its politics. (One of the best sites on the web for tracking developments in EU law and policy)

Prerequisites:  NA

First Day Assignments:

Final Exam Schedule: Assignment      

This course will have:

Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: simulation

Bar Course: No

DistanceEd ABA: No

Pass-Fail Student Election: Unavailable (Instructor Preference)

Course Materials

No book required for this course

Course Materials: Yes