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SAURUGGER S. - Law and Politics in the EU : Public Policies, Law and Politics, Interest Groups, Norms, Hard Law/Soft Law, CJEU, Commission (30h)

In every political system, the link between law and politics is intimate: decision-making leads to the establishment of law, the basis of government and governance. Law, once established, influences politics as well as policies and policy-making. In the context of the EU, this co-constitution is no exception.

European integration is generally considered under the heading of integration through law. EU law regulates economic, social and political relations between actors at the European and the domestic level since the creation of the European Coal and Steel Community. The establishment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in 1952 allowed one of the most powerful international Courts to arise, whose impact has been considered as crucial for the development of the European Union.

The aim of this research seminar is not to study EU law, but to adopt a political science view of law in its context. While EU law has been studied extensively by lawyers, this research seminar offers students to approach the core identity of the EU – integration through law – from another angle. Taught by a political scientist, this research seminar aims at discussing the political aspect of law – the politics of law.

Professor Sabine SAURUGGER