Introduction to European Union law
Introduction to European Union law

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Introduction to European Union law


Craig, P. and De Búrca, G. (2015) EU Law: Text, Cases, and Materials, 6th edn, Oxford, Oxford University Press.
Amministrazione della Finanze dello Stato v Simmenthal SpA (Case C-106/1977) [1978] ECR 629
Assange v Swedish Prosecution Authority [2012] UKSC 22, [2012] 2 AC 471
Bosphorus Hava Yollari Turizm ve Ticaret AS v Minister for Transport, Energy and Communications, Ireland and the Attorney General (Case C-84/95) [1996] ECR I-3953
Codornui SA v Council of the European Union (Case C-309/89) [1994] ECR I-1853
Commission of the European Communities v Council of the European Communities. European Agreement on Road Transport (Case C-22/70) [1971] ECR 263
Commission v Council (Titanium Dioxide) (Case C-300/89) [1991] ECR I-2867
Commission of the European Communities v Greece (Case C-387/97) [2000] ECR I-05047
Costa v ENEL (Case C-6/64) [1964] ECR 585
Germany v European Parliament and Council (Tobacco Advertising Directive) (Case C-376/98) [2000] ECR I-08419
HP Bulmer Ltd v J Bollinger SA (No 2) [1974] Ch 401
Internationale Handelsgesellschaft mbH v Einfuhr- und Vorratsstelle für Getreide und Futtermittel (Case C-11/70) [1970] ECR 01175
Jobcenter Berlin Neukölln v Nazifa Alimanovic and Others (Case C-67/14) 15 September 2015
J Nold Kohlen- und Baustoffgrosshandlung v Commission of the European Communities (Case C-4/73) [1975] ECR. 985
Kückdeveci v Swedex GmbH & Co KG (Case C-555/07) [2010] I ECR 00365
Pupino, Criminal Proceedings against (Case C-105/03) [2005] ECR I 5285
Meki Elgafaji and Noor Elgafaji v Staatssecretaris van Justitie (Case C-465/07) [2009] ECR I-00921
Opinion 2/13 of the Court (Full Court) 18 December 2014
Opinion of the Court of 14 December 1991[1991] ECR I 06102
Plaumann and Co v Commission of the European Economic Community (Case C- 25/62) [1963] ECR 00095
R v Secretary of State for Transport ex parte Factortame Ltd and others (Case C-213/89) [1990] ECR I-02433
R (HS2 Action Alliance Ltd) v Secretary of State for Transport [2014] UKSC 3
UK and Northern Ireland v Council of the European Union (Working Time Directive) (Case C-84/94) [1996] ECR I-05755
UK v European Central Bank (Case T‑496/11) 4 March 2015
Van Gend en Loos v Nederlandse Administratie der Belastingen (Case 26/62) [1963] ECR 1
Directive 2004/83/EC of the Council of 29 April 2004 on minimum standards for the qualification and status of third country nationals or stateless persons as refugees or as persons who otherwise need international protection and the content of the protection granted OJ L 304
European Communities Act 1972 c 68
European Union Act 2011 c 12
Merchant Shipping Act 1988 c 12
International instruments
Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union
European Convention on Human Rights
Treaty establishing the European Economic Community
Treaty of Lisbon amending the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty establishing the European Community
Treaty of Nice amending the Treaty on European Union, the Treaties establishing the European Communities and certain related acts
Treaty on European Union
Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union
Other sources (n.d.) ‘How EU decisions are made’ [Online]. Available at (Accessed 16 June 2016).
House of Commons Briefing Paper Number 07230, 16 November 2015

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