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LAWS2046 The Laws of the EU Internal Market

Module Overview

As European Union law permeates a wide range of activities at national level, so it is crucial to have a good understanding of its cornerstones and their effects. The Internal Market of the European Union is one of the foundations of the European Union Law as well as of the integration of trade between Member States. This module concentrates on the rules and regulations of the Internal Market of the European Union and how they work to establish free trade and free movement of goods, people, services, establishment and capital between Member States. The module will adapt in line with the UK's brexit negotiations with the EU and the relationship established with the EU hereafter.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The module will allow you to gain an understanding of why the European Union needs to regulate the movement of products, services and people alike and what the benefits and consequences are of these rules to the EU, the Member States and the EU citizens as well as third party traders and citizens. The module will apply a holistic and forward-looking approach and therefore not only investigate the traditional free movement rules but also look at the creation of the Digital Single Market, which will support and strengthen the free movement of goods and services within the EU. It will also look at the UK's relationship with the EU and how the UK trade rules are affected by the Internal Market rules and their development.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • the laws of the EU Internal Market including the rules on free movement of goods, persons, services, establishment and capital and their evolution;
  • the need for economic integration and free trade within the EU;
  • the issues concerned with integration, harmonisation and implementation on both European Union and national level of the laws on the Internal Market as well as UK's special relationship with the EU and the Internal Market;
  • how to distinguish the different market freedoms as well as how to group and compare the types of justification for measures that restrict these freedoms.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • critically evaluate rules and regulations on the EU Internal Market;
  • critically analyse and assess EU case law on free movement rules;
  • analyse and reflect upon the nature and effect of the EU rules on free movement on goods and services in relation to national regulation and the UK's special agreement with the EU;
  • analyse and reflect upon the nature and effect of the EU rules on free movement of people and the EU citizens as well as for third country nationals;
  • recognise, analyse and solve complex legal problems relating to the rules on free movement by the application of principal and secondary sources of EU law including case law.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • locate and analyse relevant source materials;
  • engage and apply comparative and critical approaches to a wide variety of issues;
  • think critically, develop coherent arguments and communicate these arguments;
  • recognise, analyse and solve complex problems by applying relevant sources.


The following is an indicative list of module content. These topics may change year-by-year, reflecting current developments and allowing syllabus evolution: - The concept of the Internal Market and the need for economic integration - Free movement of goods, including customs Union and the prohibition on quantitative restrictions and equivalent measures - Free movement of persons including EU citizenship in relation to rights of entry and residency and principle of non-discrimination and education - Free movement of services and establishment - Free movement of capital - The creation and development of the ‘Digital Single Market’ - The regulation of the Internal Market, including issues of implementation, harmonisation and enforcement at both Union and national level and the UK's special relationship with the EU.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching will be delivered by lectures and tutorials. The tutorials are intended as occasions for detailed discussion of specific topics within the broader areas covered in lectures, and you are expected to come fully prepared. Reading and questions for preparation will be placed on Blackboard in advance of each tutorial. Tutorials are also occasions for you to raise problems and questions and to obtain feedback on your progress. Learning activities include: - Directed Reading as per distributed reading lists - Preparing and writing formative coursework and self-reflection of that process - Preparing and writing summative coursework - Management of independent research for coursework - Preparation and delivery of oral presentation - Class discussion including small group work.

Preparation for scheduled sessions50
Follow-up work10
Wider reading or practice10
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Blackstone's Statutes. EU Treaties and Legislation. 

The website of the Court of Justice of the European Union.

The website of the European Union.

Barnard, Catherine. The Substantive Law of the EU: The Four Freedoms. 





MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


The only cost associated with this module is the purchase of the core textbook and an up-to-date EU Law Statute book, which would have an estimated cost of £50 in total. Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the mandatory/additional reading text as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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