EU Law for Non-Lawyers (2 modules)

25-27/Feb/2013  •  Luxembourg

Project Leader
Dr Alina Domaradzka
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Target group
EU regulatory affairs professionals from business and professional associations, officials and specialists in the national administrations and EU institutions who are non-lawyers but are affected – directly or indirectly – by European Union legislation (e.g. by participation in EU law-making, law approximation or application of national laws derived from EU law) as well as other professionals wishing to gain or expand their knowledge of EU law.

The body of national law derived from EU directives and regulations expands into all areas of government and officials in both national and EU administrative bodies play an increasingly active role as administrators and enforcers of EU law. Therefore, they need sufficient understanding of EU law to avoid actions incompatible with EU rules, leading to compensation claims against them and their authority. On the other hand, EU regulatory affairs professionals from business and professional associations are required to possess good knowledge of EU legislative framework in order to actively influence the EU law-making process. This series of tutorials will provide a concentrated, in-depth introduction into the most important rules of EU law. It is divided into 2 modules, starting with the EU legislative framework and the decision-making process between EU institutions, moving to the EU law implementation at EU level under the new comitology procedure, and ending with practical case-studies on EU law implementation. Case-studies and the workshop should enable participants to recognise legal acts and apply the EU rules in practice.
Module 1(Day 1 and 2)
The EU Legal System, the Relationship between the EU and Member States, Decision-making process at EU level, EU law implementation at EU level and the Internal Market and the Fundamental Freedoms
Module 2(Day 3)
Consequences of breaches of EU law by the Member States and EU institutions, infringement proceedings, actions for annulment, damages actions

Learning methodology
The programme has been divided into two modules to offer participants flexibility in adapting the event to their needs. The tutorials will involve coaching by EIPA specialists and external experts for small groups of participants, allowing training’s individualisation. The workshops will put the knowledge gained by participants in a practical context to demonstrate the relevance and consequences of EU rules for their daily work. This seminar will also put a particular emphasis on offering new perspectives and differing views as a result of interaction between the participants.

• To provide non-lawyers with in-depth knowledge of the fundamental concepts of EU law and EU law-making process and to deepen their understanding of their role in this process and obligations imposed by EU law to which they are subject
• To allow participants to gain practical understanding of the comitology process after Lisbon
• To fine-tune practical understanding of the relevance and impact of EU legislation on their daily work and the mechanisms of its correct implementation into national systems
• To provide a platform for the exchange of experience and information sharing