This programme offers a genuinely inter-disciplinary approach to European studies for law students in order to analyse how our understanding of the nature of the European Union is shaped by our particular disciplinary perspectives. Students will be challenged to think outside the box of their discipline within the core modules and to develop their discursive skills in relation to their twin discipline. Members of staff in the Sutherland School of Law have engaged in major research in this area spanning the full range of European Law from the institutional structure of the EU to critiques of existing area of EU law such as competition law and environmental law.
- To understand and think critically about the intersections between law, politics and international relations that come to the fore in the study of EU law;
-To apply their knowledge and understanding of EU law, political theory and international relations to real and hypothetical factual situations;
-To conduct independent research and write coherent, well-structured papers.
The Sutherland School of Law offers a wide range of modules for the Masters programmes. Modules of especial interest to those undertaking this programme include:
Law and Governance of the EU - asks the question: what is the role of law in the governance of the EU? This involves identifying and analysing the nature of the rule of law, the constitutionalisation of the EU and the nature of governance in general and in the EU in particular. Having briefly reviewed EU legal structures, the module turns to specific examples of governance structures in the EU especially networks and soft law noting their relationship with hard law and the extent to which they challenge or meet rule of law requirements such as accountability. In the process the interplay of law and governance in particular sectors such as fiscal governance, competition and the internal market are analysed.
Politics European Governance - This course analyses the institutions, actors and policy-making processes in the European Union (EU). How does the EU manage to cope with heterogeneity of interests, ideas, actors, and policy problems? Can European governance be effective and democratic? The class develops theory-driven answers to these questions. In addition, it analyses important themes of EU research (including how the EU actually makes decisions from a negotiation perspective, what determines whether or not member states comply with these decisions, the effects of enlargement, and the relationship between transparency and democracy to name but a few).
EU Trip - It is a study trip to EU institutions (Commission, Parliament, Court and possibly others e.g. EIB, and a law firm) with related seminars and classes in advance in UCD. The aim is to provide insight into the workings of the law and governance of the EU through a series of meetings in Brussels and Luxembourg over four days. By the end of the trip students will have developed a much better sense of the symbiotic relationship between politics and law in the way the EU is governed. The day to day interactions of those working in the institutuions will be observed and a much better sense will be achieved of the different nature and roles of the key law and policy-making institutions.