University of Cambridge, Faculty of Law

EU Trade Law (LL.M.)


1. Introduction to the Law.

The theory of EU trade law. The rationale underpinning free trade; the need for Union regulation; the form that this regulation takes, focusing in particular on arguments concerning regulatory competition.

The internal market. Evolution of the Courtís case law on the free movement of goods from Dassonville to Keck; evolution of the Courtís case law on free movement of persons (from Van Binsbergen to Sšger). Brief outline of case law on free movement of workers and establishment; the nineties: Keck, Gebhard and Alpine; recent developments and problematic aspects of the Courtís case law; free movement of capital.

Regulating the internal market. Legal basis, the different methods of regulation (exhaustive harmonisation, minimum harmonisation, new approach, OMC.

2. Case Studies

Public Procurement: The Legal Regime as governed by the Directives and their interaction with the Treaty provisions on goods and persons; the relevance of non-economic factors.

Consumer protection. The Role and Development of EU Consumer Law; Harmonising Directives and Market Integration; the Relationship between Consumer Law and Competition Law.

EU Internet Law and e-commerce. History and evolution. The e-commerce framework. EU copyright (and related rights) and data protection and privacy on the internet.