EU External Relations

Programme of classes in the academic year 2015/2016


This course is organised in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Croatia.

Principal lecturer: prof. dr. sc. Tamara Ćapeta, Jean Monnet Chair, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb



Suggested backgroung reading


Unit 1

Intro - Structure and organisation of the EU


Thursday, 3 March 2016 (15.30 - 17.00)


Learning Outcomes:

Students will develop skills to discuss the nature and the reason of the establishment of the EU


- PPT on the development of the EU




Unit 2

Division od powers in the EU


Friday, 4 March 2016 (15.30 - 17.00) 


Learning Outcomes: Students will learn about the federal set-up of the EU. They will learn about the main principles governing division of powers between the EU and the member States. They will be able to discuss different types of comptences as they were introduced by the Lisbon treaty.


Class Materials:


- PPT presentation




Unit 3

Division of powers in external relations; Legal bases for External Action


Thursday, 10 March 2016 (15.30 - 17.00)


Learning Outcomes:

Students will understand how is the power to conclude an international agreements divided between the EU and its Member States

Students will understand the concept of express and implied powers

Students will understand the difference between exclusive and shared powers

Students will understand the notion and importance of mixed agreements


Class Materials:


- PPT presentation




- Article by Geert De Baere



Unit 4

EU Institutions and procedures for concluding an international agreement


Friday, 11 March 2016 (15.30 - 17.00)

(see also below: guest lecture by Paul Cardwell on 31 March)


EU Institutions in External Relations



Learning Outcomes:

Students will learn about the organisation of EU institutions that participate in foreign policy

Students will understand the role of particular institutions in external relations

Students will understand the mutual relationship between different institutuons


Class Materials:


PPT on institutions in external relations



Unit 5


Lecturer - Sandro Knezović, IMO


Thursady, 17 March 2016 (15.30 - 17.00)




Unit 6



Lecturer - Zrinka Ujević, MVEP


Friday, 18 March 2016 (15.30 - 17.00)



Unit 7



Lecturer - Mr. List, MVEP


Saturday, 19 March 2016 (9.00 - 13.00)




Unit 8

Legal Effects of EU International Agreements and the Role of the CJEU


Thursday, 24 March 2016 (15.30 - 19.00)


Learning Outcomes:

Students will learn about the effects that agreements signed by the EU produce in front of public bodies in the Member States

Students will understand how was the doctrine of direct efects and supremacy transferred in the sphere of international agreements

Students will understand benefits of such move for the rights of individuals

Students will understand the change in the effects in international agreements before and after the accession to the EU


Class Materials:


PPT on legal effects of international agreements

case Van Gend en Loos

case Gloszcuk Press release

case Kolpak Press release

case Simutenkov Press release

case Jany


Background reading:

Francis Jacobs, Direct effect and interpretation of international agreements in the recent case law of the European Court of Justice , in: Law and Practice of EU External Relations, Salient Features of a Changing Landscape, pp. 13-33, Cambridge University Press, 2009



Guest lecturer: Paul James Cardwell, University of Sheffield


31 March 2016 (Thursady): EU Foreign Policy Making: Competences, Institutions and Actors, at 15.30

(this lecture is part of Unit 4)


download PPT

1 April 2016 (Friday): The EU and Restrictive Measures (Sanctions) at 15.30

2 April 2016 (Saturdy): EU External Migration Law and 'New Governance' at 9.00


Guest lecturer: Petros Mavroidis, Columbia University and University of Neuchatel


28 April 2016 (Thursady): Regulatory Cooperation in the WTO of Today at 15.30


29 April 2016 (Firday): The Aims of Dispute Settlement in the WTO at 14.30



Unit 9 

Guest lecturer - Mr Colin Munro

Monday, 30 May at 16.30

Mr. Munro will give 2 lectures:

1. Brexit - 16.30 - 18.00

2. Migration and the EU - 18.15 - 19.45


Both lectures will take place at the Faculty of Law building in the upper town - in Cirilometodska street 4, in the classroom No 7 (2nd floor)


Invitation to the lectures


Executive summary of lecture 1 

Executive summary of lecture 2


Text of the lecture on Brexit

Text of the lecture on migrations



Unit 10

Guest lecturer - Daniel Mondekar

Thursday, 2 June 2016 at 17.30 









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