European Public Law


The chief objective is to provide students with an advanced understanding of the constitutional foundations of the EU. The general question is posed, whether the law of the European Union can make sense as a coherent order of principles. The subject matter is EU Law as it stands today, in light of the case law of the European Court of Justice and general principles that can be borrowed from domestic constitutional theory or public international law. We analyse the general principles of EU law which raise issues of intrinsic theoretical interest, and considerable practical importance and examine how EU law takes effect in Greek Law, and is enforceable by Greek courts. The readings constitute mostly of cases of the ECJ and opinions of the Advocate General, combined with some cases from the Greece and suitable readings in law and jurisprudence. Topics include:

  • The nature of the EU in the making or a sui generis international organisation
  • The ECJ doctrine of the ‘autonomy’ of EU law
  • The principle of direct effect
  • The principle of supremacy
  • Non-discrimination
  • Remedies and procedural autonomy


The aim is to understand the structure of the EU legal system as compared to the national ones and indeed the Greek legal system. Students have the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the intuitional dimensions of European integration and relevant case law of the European Courts which is of considerable importance and looms large in the study of EU law and Policies such as Competition, Energy and Transport.