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39302-01 - Colloquium: European Law in Depth, Equality and Non-discrimination as Applied in Various Fields of EU Law 6 CP

Semester fall semester 2023
Course frequency Every 2nd fall sem.
Lecturers Christa Tobler (, Assessor)
Content This course focuses on equal treatment or non-discrimination and on the meaning and application of these concepts in EU law.

The course will begin with two introductory sessions and an exercise session. In this part, the meaning of legal equality and non-discrimination in general will be discussed, and an introduction into their application in the context of EU social law (which includes notably employment law) will be provided. The introductory part will be followed by a number of sessions in which the students present topics of their personal choice and interest. Depending on the interests of the students, this may cover a wider field, ranging from e.g. employment law to transport law, asylum law, tax law and environmental law – in fact, almost every existing field of EU law. Students might also wish to choose topics from EU association regimes such as the law of the European Economic Area (EU Member States, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein) or the so-called bilateral law EU-Switzerland. The professor will be happy to assist students in defining a topic.

Equal treatment and non-discrimination are all-pervasive concepts in EU law, be it in the economic or in other contexts. The subject is both internesting demanding because of the multi-layered nature of the field, where general principles of equality/equal treatment or non-discrimination and rights under the Union Charter of Fundamental Rights play together with the numerous specific prohibitions of non-discrimination as stated in the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, in secondary law and in Treaties concluded by the EU with non-member States.

Learning objectives Students will have deepened their previous knowledge on European Union law, using the particular focus of legal equality and non-discrimination.
Bibliography 1) On the system of EU equality and non-discrimination law:
Christa Tobler, ‘The prohibition of discrimination in the Union’s layered System of Equality Law: From early Staff cases to the Mangold approach’, in: Allan Rosas/Egils Levits/Yves Bot (eds), La cour de justice et la construction de l’Europe: Analyses et perspectives de 60 ans de jurisprudence/The Court of Justice and the construction of Europe: Analyses and perspectives on 60 years of case-law, The Hague: Asser Press/Springer 2013, 443-467 (available via ADAM).

2) As a more general background to the various specific topics is recommended:
Christa Tobler/Jacques Beglinger, Essential EU Law in Charts and Text, 5th edition, Budapest: HVG-Orac 2020 (available at the library of the Europa Institute; see also
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25. September
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11. December


Admission requirements Basic knowledge on EU law which will serve as a starting point for deepening the students' knowledge.
Course application Not necessary.
Language of instruction English
Use of digital media No specific media used
Course auditors welcome


Interval irregular
Date 18.09.2023 – 11.12.2023
Time See details
Date Time Room
Monday 18.09.2023 10.15-14.00 Riehenstrasse 154, Seminarraum 00.022
Monday 25.09.2023 10.15-14.00 Riehenstrasse 154, Seminarraum 00.022
Monday 02.10.2023 10.15-14.00 Riehenstrasse 154, Seminarraum 00.022
Monday 30.10.2023 10.15-14.00 Riehenstrasse 154, Seminarraum 00.022
Monday 13.11.2023 10.15-14.00 Riehenstrasse 154, Seminarraum 00.022
Monday 27.11.2023 10.15-14.00 Riehenstrasse 154, Seminarraum 00.022
Monday 11.12.2023 10.15-14.00 Riehenstrasse 154, Seminarraum 00.022
Modules Modul: Europäisierung und Globalisierung (Master's Studies: European Global Studies)
Modul: Methoden der Rechtswissenschaften (Master's Studies: European Global Studies)
Specialization module: International Law (Master's Studies: Law)
Specialization module: International Law (Master's Studies: Law (bilingue))
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Internationale Organisationen (Master's Studies: European Global Studies)
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Regional Integration and Global Flows (Master's Studies: European Global Studies)
Wahlbereich Master Rechtswissenschaft (EUCOR): Empfehlungen (Master's Studies: Law (Eucor))
Assessment format continuous assessment
Assessment details The students will do oral presentations and write a brief paper on the subject of the presentation (10 to maximum 15 pages).
Assessment registration/deregistration Reg.: course registration; dereg.: not required
Repeat examination no repeat examination
Scale 1-6 0,5
Repeated registration as often as necessary
Responsible faculty University of Basel
Offered by Europainstitut