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The European Union is one of the world’s largest and most important economies. This five week course is the first in a series of three that will provide students with an insight into European Business Law. The series ranges from considering the basic structures and principles of the European Union to focusing on various specialized areas of law. Each course will give the students an understanding of the laws and policies that regulate the internal market of European Union, as well as relevant case law and useful inputs from leading practitioners in the field. At the end of this course series, you will have a basic understanding of how to: • Navigate EU legal sources • Understand relevant laws and regulations governing the internal European Union market • Apply the fundamental principles of EU law within the EU legal framework • Utilize the rules of freedom of movement and their impacts on trade in the EU • Relate EU law with national laws • Understand EU policies and their influence on foreign trade and investment About the Series In the first course, Understanding the Fundamentals, we will examine the core structures and principles of the European Union as well as the main sources of law. In the second course, Doing business in Europe, we will focus on the main laws that regulate various aspects of establishing and running a business within the European Union. In the final course, Competing in Europe, we will go into more depth about how to compete on the internal market and protect your brand, product or invention. To keep up to speed on the course series, visit our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/eblmooc/ Syllabus and Format Each course consists of a number of modules where one module represents about one week of work. A module includes a number of lectures and readings, and finishes with a voluntary assessment – a quiz, a small peer graded assignment or a case law review. The assessments are intended to encourage learning and ensure that you understand the material of the course. Participating in forum discussions is voluntary. Course I - Understanding the Fundamentals Module 1. Introduction to EU law Module 2. Legal Method and Sources Module 3. Constitutional Freedoms and Fundamental principles Module 4. Freedom of Movement Module 5. The External Dimension Course II - Doing Business in Europe Module 1. Making Business Transactions Module 2. Establishing a Company Module 3. Employing and Working in Europe Module 4. Paying Taxes and Complying with Environmental Standards Module 5. Case Clinic Module 6. Resolving Cross-border Disputes Course III - Competing in Europe Module 1. Trademarks as Essential Assets Module 2. Defending Patents Module 3. Competition: Illegal Agreements Module 4. Competition: Abuse of Dominance and Mergers Module 5. Advocacy and Legal Writing Module 6. Selling to the State and State Aid Lund University Lund University was founded in 1666 and has for a number of years been ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 47 700 students and 7 500 staff based in Lund, Sweden. Lund University unites tradition with a modern, dynamic, and highly international profile. With eight different faculties and numerous research centers and specialized institutes, Lund is the strongest research university in Sweden and one of Scandinavia's largest institutions for education and research. The university annually attracts a large number of international students and offers a wide range of courses and programmes taught in English. The Faulty of Law is one of Lund University’s four original faculties, dating back to 1666. It is a modern faculty with an international profile, welcoming both international and Swedish students. Education, research and interaction with the surrounding community are the main focus of the Faculty’s work. The connection between the three is particularly apparent in the programmes and courses offered by the university, including the university’s MOOC course in European Business Law. The students get the chance to engross themselves in traditional legal studies, while interacting with both researchers and professionally active lawyers with qualifications and experience from various areas of law. The faculty offers three international Masters: two 2-year Master’s programmes in International Human Rights Law and European Business Law, and a 1-year Master’s in European and International Tax Law. Students from around 40 countries take part in the programmes which offer a unique subject specialization within each field, with highly qualified researchers and professional legal practitioners engaged in the teaching. The Master’s programme in European Business Law provides an in-depth understanding of both the practical and the theoretical aspects of business law within the European Union. The programme provides both general and specific knowledge of the European Union legal framework, which is necessary for students intending to work as legal advisors or business decision-makers. The programme is delivered in English and is open to students with at least a three year degree in Law (Bachelor, LL.B, or equivalent) who want to specialise in European economic and business law. The MOOC course in European Business Law is a great course to start with for students intending to apply for the Master’s programme in European Business Law. Even though the MOOC course does not grant credits previous knowledge of the subject is considered upon admission to the master’s programme. For more information about the Master’s programme in European Business Law see https://www.law.lu.se/#!meb...
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Introduction to EU law

Welcome to the first week of Understanding the Fundamentals. This first module will help you to build a solid foundation for the coming lectures on EU law. The module provides a brief introduction to the history and the institutions of the EU, as well as the judicial branch i.e. the Court of Justice of the EU. The module will also go into some detail about the most fundamental EU treaties, namely the Treaty on the European Union (TEU) and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU)....
Reading
7 videos (Total 64 min), 7 readings, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
The History of the EU- A Changing Europe6m
The Institutions of the EU5m
The Court of Justice of the EU7m
Treaties of the European Union13m
The Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, Part I16m
The Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, Part II8m
Reading7 readings
Course Instructions10m
Synopsis10m
The History of the EU- A Changing Europe10m
The Institutions of the EU10m
The Court of Justice of the EU10m
Treaties of the European Union10m
The Treaty of the Functioning of the European Union, part I and II10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Introduction to EU Law20m

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Sources and Method

The second module will give you a practical introduction to the legal sources and method of EU law. It will provide you with some skills that are crucial when dealing with EU law, such as navigating the vast databases of official publications, legislation and case law. The module provides an overview of the available online resources and EU legal databases. It provides suggestions on how to search the official journals, including the case law of the ECJ. In addition, the module explains what treaties, regulations and directives actually are, and where to find them online. Keep in mind that the module can be used as reference if you continue your studies of European Business Law....
Reading
5 videos (Total 36 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Introduction to EU Law Sources6m
Treaties and Legislation6m
Case Law5m
Commission Documents4m
Reading5 readings
The Legal Sources and the Legal Method of the EU10m
Introduction to EU Law Sources10m
Treaties and Legislation10m
Case Law10m
Commission Documents10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Legal Resources20m

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2 hours to complete

Fundamental Principles

In the third module you will learn about the fundamental principles and constitutional foundations of EU Law. The dynamic and interaction of the national law of the Member States and the EU will be covered in some detail. This includes the three categories of competence – exclusive, shared and supporting. The effects of the exercise of competence are discussed, as well as relevant case law. A brief historical background is given to the principle of fundamental rights along with its application in contemporary Europe. Finally some of the main principles of EU law are discussed, including the principles of proportionality, non-discrimination and legal certainty....
Reading
6 videos (Total 53 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
The Effects of EU Law11m
The Charter of Fundamental Rights8m
The Principle of Proportionality6m
The Principle of Non-discrimination9m
The Principle of Legal Certainty8m
Reading6 readings
Conferral and Subsidiarity10m
The Effects of the EU10m
The Charter of Fundamental Rights10m
The Principle of Proportionality10m
The Principle of Non-discrimination10m
The Principle of Legal Certainty10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Fundamental Principles20m

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The Economic Freedoms

Module 4 introduces the four freedoms, including free movement of services, goods, persons and capital. These economic freedoms are at the very heart of EU Law and crucial to understanding the law from a business perspective. The module considers the relevant legal provisions and the key case law. It continues to introduce the right to establishment and discusses the harmonisation of EU law in the national law of member states. In the end of this module you will be given the chance to do a peer graded assignment and earn an honors certificate. You will find the assignment under "Assessments." ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 52 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
Video5 videos
Free Movement of Workers11m
Freedom of Establishment11m
Free Movement of Services11m
Free Movement of Capital6m
Reading5 readings
Free Movement of Goods10m
Free Movement of Workers10m
Freedom of Establishment10m
Free Movement of Services10m
Free Movement of Capital10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
The Economic Freedoms20m
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By EKOct 4th 2017

Great Material. although the support by coursera was lacking and the students aren't getting answers to Qs. Also there are not enough assignments to complete the peer graded assignments.

By MSep 29th 2017

Great introductory course for those wishing to understand the EU and European Business Law. I have always been curious how the EU was formed and how it is governed. Thank you

Instructors

Hans Henrik Lidgard

Senior Professor
Faculty of Law

Xavier Groussot

Pro Dean and Professor
Faculty of Law

Julian Nowag

Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Law

Jörgen Hettne

Associate Professor

Anna Wiberg

Librarian
Faculty of Law

Eduardo Gill Pedro

Doctoral Student
Faculty of Law

Angelica Ericsson

Doctoral Student
Faculty of law

Magnus Schmauch

Lecturer
Faculty of Law

About Lund University

Lund University was founded in 1666 and has for a number of years been ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 47 700 students and 7 500 staff based in Lund, Sweden. Lund University unites tradition with a modern, dynamic, and highly international profile. With eight different faculties and numerous research centres and specialized institutes, Lund is the strongest research university in Sweden and one of Scandinavia's largest institutions for education and research. The university annually attracts a large number of international students and offers a wide range of courses and programmes taught in English. ...

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  • The certificate is not part of a formal qualification from Lund University.

  • At the end of this course series, you will have a basic understanding of how to:

    · Navigate EU legal sources

    · Understand relevant laws and regulations governing the internal European Union market

    · Apply the fundamental principles of EU law within the EU legal framework

    · Utilize the rules of freedom of movement and their impacts on trade in the EU

    · Relate EU law with national laws

    · Understand EU policies and their influence on foreign trade and investment

  • The course staff will participate in the discussion forum and welcome questions and comments. We encourage the students to be active and engaged, interacting with other participants and sharing ideas.

  • If you pay for this course, you will have access to all of the features and content you need to earn a Course Certificate. If you complete the course successfully, your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. Note that the Course Certificate does not represent official academic credit from the partner institution offering the course.

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