European Institutions

General information

The course takes place on Friday from 09:00 to 12:00 in room RAA-G-15. Please note that the lecture on the 5th of May will take place one hour earlier than usual.

The course will provide an overview of selected problems of institutional law of the European Union and of the bilateral relations between the European Union and Switzerland. A focus lies on the discussion of and critical reflection on current developments in legislation and jurisdiction of the EU. A more detailed overview of the course content can be found in the programme (PDF, 138 KB).

Basic knowledge of European Union law is required for the participation in the course. Students are required to prepare for the course and read the relevant material in advance. Please make sure to bring a copy of the TEU and the TFEU to class.

Course material

The following material might be useful for course preparation:

  • European Union, How the European Union works – Your guide to the EU institutions, 2014, available online.
  • Stephen Weatherill, Cases and Materials on EU Law, 12th ed., Oxford 2016.
  • Paul Craig, Grainne de Burca, EU Law – Text, Cases and Materials, 6th ed., Oxford 2015.

Reading material for specific topics will be uploaded on the internet-based platform moodle:

  1. Click on "Login" on the top right corner of the website.
  2. Choose "Universität Zürich" from the drop down list.
  3. Log in with your UZH-Account (UZH-Shortname and password).
  4. Click on "UZH" within the course categories menu.
  5. Pick "European Institutions" from the UZH list and enroll in the course using the password, which will be communicated in the first lecture.


The exam consists of a paper of 5’000 to 6’000 words on one of the topics discussed during the course. The topics are listed in this document (PDF, 254 KB) and will be assigned during the first lecture on the 24th of February 2017. Preferences will be considered as far as possible.

The deadline for submission will generally be on Thursday before the discussion of the assigned topic in class. After this first submission, students have one week to hand in a revised version, which gives due regards to the discussion of the topic in class. More detailed information will be given at the beginning of the course.

Please note that course attendance and participation is mandatory and will form part of the final grade. As a rule, missing more than one lecture will not be accepted.