Module 2: BUSINESS LAW AND THE EU INTEGRATION
(short description of subjects)
Competition law is one of the pillars on which
the EU has been built. It has been regarded and treated as a
paramount instrument in creating and strengthening single European
market. The course will center on theoretical and practical issues
of EU Competition policy and will try to juxtapose those issues and
policies with those adopted (and needed) in Serbia. It will provide
not only an overview of EU legislation, institutions and case law in
this area, but will also try to pinpoint problematic areas,
disputable rulings of the relevant European courts and map possible
The course will deal with horizontal and
vertical restrictive practices, mergers and acquisitions,
institutional issues and the state aid.
It is expected that the course would best serve
those who intend to work in competition authorities, law offices
dealing with competition issues and corporate in-house lawyers who
work (or intend to work) in companies of substantial size -
substantial enough to attract attention of competition authorities.
This course focuses on theoretical and practical issues related to the status of business entities, their organization and liability, as well as division of powers, and interest groups within their structure.
The Company Law of the EU deals with regulations concerning particularities of the private associations of the legal subjects and their capital, with the purpose of attaining certain common (and, indirectly private) interests on this ground. As such, it represents the integral part of the European Law, and one of its most important segments. Its introduction and application is of great significance for the harmonization of domestic regulations, as well as the creation of the unified standards for conducting business activities in the European market.
The teaching initially focuses on the Company Law harmonization process whilst also developing a wider contextual understanding of difference between EU member states and issues associated with good corporate governance. The course then goes on to explore comparative corporate governance within the EU and the possible outlook for EU Company Law.
The course will prepare the students for working as company (corporate) lawyers, especially in international environment. Besides, after completion of this course, the students will have sufficient knowledge and skills to work as consultants for domestic enterprises aiming to expand their business activities to EU countries or to invest there.
There can be no extensive area of law which has
been more affected by the impact of Europe than that of Intellectual
Property. Teaching of substantive EU law would be incomplete without
a course dealing with Intellectual Property rights. Therefore,
Intellectual Property Law should be understood as an important part
of the regulation of the Internal Market. Consequently, this course
inter-relates with other proposed courses dealing with the Internal
Market and especially "The fundamental freedoms of the EU",
"Competition law and policy of the EU" and "Company law of the EU".