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An Introduction to European Law

Third Edition

Robert Schütze

30 July 2020

ISBN: 9780198858942

400 pages

In Stock

Price: £29.99

Offering the most thought-provoking introduction to EU Law



This succinct introduction uses a precise style, clear structure, and engaging narrative approach to inspire a sophisticated understanding of the subject. Schütze breaks down the core material required for study of EU law, and equips students to continue their learning with an analytical eye.

  • Provides succinct coverage of the core elements of EU law
  • Written in an engaging narrative style that helps students to follow the development of the EU
  • Contains many useful figures and tables that help to clarify key ideas
  • Acts as a focused guide to the topics taught on EU law courses
  • An analytical approach equips students to take their studies forward in a sophisticated manner
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

New to this edition

  • A new chapter on Brexit, which considers the unprecedented process when a Member State's decides to leave the union
  • Updated throughout for optimum clarity and refreshed coverage of the core aspects of EU law

About the Author(s)

Robert Schütze, Professor of European and Comparative Law, Durham University and LUISS (Rome)

Robert Schütze is Professor of European and Comparative Law at Durham University. He is also a permanent Visiting Professor at the College of Europe and LUISS Guido Carli University.

Table of Contents

    1:Union institutions
    2:Union legislation
    3:Union competences
    4:Fundamental rights
    5:Direct effect
    6:(Legal) primacy
    7:National actions
    8:European actions
    9:Internal market: goods I
    10:Internal market: goods II
    11:Internal market: persons
    12:Competition law: cartels
    13:Epilogue Brexit: past, present, future


"Robert Schütze is endowed with the gift of precise writing - one of the few authors who is able to explain the law of the European Union in a way that it can easily be understood." - Matthias Ruffert, Humboldt-Universität Zu Berlin

"A reliable and eloquently written source that combines attention to the detail with attention to the broader picture." - Daniel Thym, Universität Konstanz

"With accessible prose, rock-solid structure, and deep engagement with doctrine, Schütze walks the thin line between legal detail and broad narrative of integration with poise. A Cosmic Jackpot for a novice and a seasoned lecturer of European Union law." - Urska Sadl, European University Institute

Additional Resources

Digital formats
This third edition is available for students and institutions to purchase in a variety of formats.

  • The e-book offers a mobile experience and convenient access along with functionality tools, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support: www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/ebooks

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