Basic EU Law, A level, 7.5 credits

Welcome to the Spring Semester 2018 of Basic EU Law!

Welcome to BEUL!

This letter is for those who have been admitted to the course Basic EU Law for the Fall 2018 semester. During the Fall 2018 Semester the course will be given as an independent study course. More information will be given at the course introduction. 

My name is Mattias Derlén and I am the instructor primarily responsible for the academic side of the Basic EU Law course this term. Katarina Lundqvist is the course adminstrator this term and will handle all administrative, non-academic questions. We hope this welcome letter will answer any questions you might have regarding the course before its first meeting, but feel free to contact us if not.

Also, make sure to check regularly the course website, available through Cambro once the course starts, at All assignments and announcements will be posted there for the duration of the course. Questions regarding Cambro access are best answered by the university's IT help desk ( The student web portal to the university, Portalen, provides your grade transcripts, your exam sign-up, and other information, so look for that online as well and be sure you can log in.  

What will you learn in the course?

With the continuing expansion of the European Union, both in terms of Member States and the policy areas covered, it has become vital for persons from inside and outside of the EU to be familiar with the Union’s legal system. Judgments from the European Court of Justice are repeatedly referred to in the press and often have significant effects on our daily lives. Happenings like Brexit also underscore the still-developing nature of the EU, its law and its relationship to its Member States.

After having completed Basic EU Law you will have gained a deeper understanding of the European Union. You will recognize some of the basic principles of the EU legal system and will be able to read and analyze judgments of the Court of Justice of the European Union (the CJEU). You will be familiar with the institutional framework of the EU, the relationship between EU law and national (Member State) law, some of the substance of EU law including fundamental rights protected by it, and its enforcement. 


Please see the Course Literature webpage for this course to know which books and other materials to buy or download in advance of our first course meeting. The course textbook is Robert Schütze, An Introduction to European Law, Second Edition (Cambridge University Press 2015), though you also need the EU's main Treaties and selected case law judgments, as described on the Course Literature page. We suggest that you order your copy of at least the main textbook immediately, so you are ready to begin reading before the course begins. The judgments we assign for you to analyze can be downloaded free of charge from the website of the European Union,

Introduction & Registration

The course starts with introduction and registration at 13:15 on Monday, September 3, 2018 in room S304, in the House of Social Science. In the unfortunate circumstance that you miss this first meeting due to illness or otherwise, but still intend to take the course, you must contact me by e-mail on or before that day. 


If you have any problems or questions of an academic nature, you can email me at If you have questions or problems of an administrative nature, such as regarding your enrollment, you can email Emma Lind at emma.lind@umu.seor you can call her at (+46) 090-786 64 35. Our offices are in the law department on the fifth floor of the Social Sciences building. 

Best regards and we look forward to meeting you,
Mattias Derlén  

Page Editor: Sofia Strömgren

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