Course syllabus EPP - EU Law and Enterprise (ŠAVŠ - WS 2015/2016)

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Course title: EU Law and Enterprise
Semester: WS 2015/2016
Course supervisor: doc. JUDr. Václav Šmejkal, Ph.D.
Supervising department: Department of Law and Economics (ŠAVŠ)
Prerequisites for registration: none
Time allowance: full-time, 2/0 (hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
Type of study: usual
Form of teaching: lecture
Mode of completion and credits: Exam (4 credits)
Course objective:
To provide students with orientation in the basic parameters of the business environment, which are formed by harmonized EU legislation, to teach them to find relevant EU legal acts and their mandatory interpretation by ECJ in its case law, to understand their impact on business practice and also the possibility of businesses to make use of tools given by EU law for their own benefit.
Course methods: Interactive learning with ppt presnetations support that combines lecturing with in class discussion. Students are invited to participate actively and to communicate on-line with the lecturer during their preparations for the final exam. Home reading and studying is essential, especially of texts and documents provided to students via SAVS information system.
Course content:
1.Origins and trends of the EU integration process (allowance 1/0)
2.EU law - sources and its system characteristics (allowance 1/0)
3.EU Law - European Court of Justice and practical application (allowance 1/0)
4.Businessman and defense of his European rights (allowance 1/0)
5.Workshop: caselaw on defense of individual rights in the EU law (allowance 1/0)
6.EU Single market (I) (allowance 1/0)
7.EU Single Market (II) (allowance 1/0)
8.EU Single Market (III) (allowance 1/0)
9.EU Single Market (IV) (allowance 1/0)
10.Workshop: Company and the internal barriers of the EU Single Market (allowance 1/0)
11.EU policies affecting the business (I) (allowance 1/0)
12.Summary of the course, revision before the final exam (allowance 1/0)
Learning outcomes and competences:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to
a) identify and describe the sources of EU law and their internal impact in the member states of the EU;
b) explain key principles and tools of legal protection of individuals in EU law;
c) describe, explain and compare legal framework of the EU Single market freedoms and of the selected EU policies with impact on businesses;
d) analyze and solve, using principles and tools of EU law, case-situations of individuals and businesses on the EU Single market.
Teaching methods and workload (hours of workload):
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Direct teaching
     Attendance of lectures24 h
     Consultations with teacher (part-time form of study)0 h
     Course reading and ongoing preparation32 h
     Ongoing evaluation38 h
     Composing of presentation4 h
     Preparation for final test42 h
Total140 h
Assessment methods:
Requirement typeDaily attendance
Active lecture/seminar/workshop/tutorial participation10 %
Mid-term test(s)30 %
Final test60 %
Total100 %
Course completion:
Two short written tests during the semester focusing on the learning outcomes listed as a) and b), i.e. system and sources of EU law and protection of rights of individuals in EU law. Each test carries the 15 % weight in the final assessment. One od the short tests can be replaced by an individual presentation prepared and presented by student on an ssigned topic. Final exam combining a written part with subsequent oral discussion focusing the learning outcomes listed as c) and d), i.e. legal framework of the EU Single market freedoms and a solution of case-situations. Final exam carries the 60 % weight in the final assessment. Participation to at least 80 % of in-class activities (incl. taking part in discussions) represents 10 % of the final assessment. Each requirement contributing to the final assessment should be successfuly completed by at least 40 %.
Support for combined/distance forms of study:
Set of basic texts and documents provided to students upfront via SAVS information system. Powerpoint presentations and readings provided by lecturer after each class. On-line consulations with lecturer during the whole semester.
Reading list:
TÝČ, V. -- TOMÁŠEK , M. Právo Evropské unie. Praha : Leges, 2013. 494 p.
SVOBODA, P. Úvod od evropského práva. Praha : C.H. Beck, 2011. 382 p. ISBN 978-80-7400-334-9.
BORCHARDT, K D. The ABC of European Union law. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union , 2010. 131 p. ISBN 978-92-78-40525-0.
VARGA, P. Fundamentals of European Union Law. Plzeň : Aleš Čeněk, s.r.o., 2012. 114 p. ISBN 978-80-7380-362-9.
ŠLÉGROVÁ, K. -- KUNC, B. -- LIČKA , M. Komentovaná rozhodnutí Soudního dvora Evropské unie. Praha: Linde, 2010. 447 p. ISBN 978-80-7201-812-3.
CHARLES, W. -- BALWIN, R. Ekonomie evropské integrace. Praha : Grada Publishing , 2013. 580 p.

PÍTROVÁ, L. -- POMAHAČ, R. Průvodce judikaturou evropského soudního dvora, díl 1.-4. (2000-2006). Praha: Linde, 2006.
TÝČ, V. Základy práva Evropské unie pro ekonomy. Praha: Leges, 2011. 301 p.
Craig - G. De Burca, "EU Law: Text, Cases and Materials", 4th ed., Oxford University Press, 2007
N. Moussis: ACCESS TO EUROPEAN UNION (18th updated edition), ISBN: 2-930119-41-1, EUROPEAN STUDY SERVICE, Rixensart, Belgium, 2009

Study plans:
N-EM-GPP Law in the Global Business Environment, full-time form, initial academic year SS 2013/2014
Run in the period of: SS 2016/2017, WS 2016/2017, SS 2015/2016, SS 2014/2015, WS 2014/2015, WS 2013/2014   (and older)
Course tutor: doc. JUDr. Václav Šmejkal, Ph.D. (examiner, lecturer, supervisor)
Teaching language: Czech
Room: Mladá Boleslav

Last modification made by Ing. Aleš Kutín on 08/31/2015.

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