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Joint Seminar with the University of Cambridge on Anglo-German Perspectives on EU Fundamental Freedoms


Course Type and Course Organization

Seminar / intensive course for two full days in December in Cambridge and Berlin
A briefing for participants will take place in July.

Course Language



8 (if exam has been passed)


The course will be held at irregular intervals. It will be available in the winter term 2014/15.

Time Schedule and Course Venue

Please have a look at the document "Seminar Description, Dates, and Costs" which is available under the section "Links zum Thema" at the left margin of this website.

Course Description

This joint seminar of the Freie Universität Berlin and the University of Cambridge brings together students from both universities. The seminar targets undergraduate students of law or political science and is open to Erasmus and graduate students in these fields.

The seminar deals with recent trends in the area of EU fundamental freedoms. Particular attention will be paid to the commonalities and differences in doctrinal analysis of the subject area.

Topics of Seminar Papers

1) Recent developments in the CJEU’s case law on free movement of goods, e.g. CJEU, Case C456/10, judgement of 26.4.2012; Case C171/11, judgement of 12.7.2012; Case C385/10, judgement of 18.10.2012; Case C639/11, judgement of 20.3.2014, and others

2) Recent developments in the CJEU’s case law on the freedom to provide services, e.g. CJEU, Case C383/10, judgement of 6.6.2013; Case C176/11, judgment of 12.7.2012; Case C209/11, judgment of 24.1.2013; Case C509/12, judgment of 6.2.2014, and others.

3) Recent developments in the CJEU’s case law on the free movement of workers, e.g. CJEU, Case C202/11, judgement of 16.4.2013

4) Recent developments in the CJEU’s case law on the freedom of establishment, e.g. exit taxation, crossborder merger, or CJEU, Case539/11, judgement 26.9.2013

5) Recent developments in the CJEU’s case law in the area of the free movement of capital, e.g. direct taxation

6) The relationship of free movement of capital and the freedom of establishment

7) The relationship of free movement of goods and the freedom to provide services

8) Horizontal direct effect of the free movement provisions:: Angonese, Raccanelli and Erny

9) EU citizenship as the fifth freedom?

10) EU citizenship and the convergence of the freedoms

11) Student mobility and free movement law: Bidar, Förster and L.N.

12) The effect of EU citizenship on inward migration from third countries: Dereci, McCarthy, Rahman

13) The implementation of Article 7 Capital Requirements Directive in Germany and the UK

14) Transitional provisions for workers: EU10, Bulgaria and Romania

15) Fissures in the Internal Market: The Eurozone Crisis and the Freedoms

16) Deepening Service Liberalization

Each topic shall ideally be assigned to one student from Freie Universität Berlin, and to one student from Cambridge. This will lead to the articulation of different viewpoints and enrich the discussion.

Questions about the seminar or on individual topics can be discussed personally with the course instructor. Please arrange for an appointment by sending an e-mail to junprofoeffr@zedat.fu-berlin.de.

Course Registration

The maximum number of participants from Freie Universität Berlin is 16. Registration for this seminar is mandatory. Please register by 7 July 2014 noon via e-mail to junprofoeffr@zedat.fu-berlin.de.

Please add the following information:

  • topic of choice selected from the list provided for the seminar
  • one alternative topic
  • name, address, registration number, semester of study
  • a few sentences on your motivation to take part in the seminar
  • overview of your marks.


All seminar papers can be written in English or German, all oral presentations will be in English. The length of the paper shall not exceed 3.000 words (without footnotes, bibliography, and table of contents). The oral presentation must not exceed 20 minutes at the most and is followed by a discussion. Assessment: paper (80 %), presentation (20 %).

Registration for the Exam

Students agree with the course instructor upon their presentation date and the deadline for the seminar paper. They are not required to register formally for the exam at the Examination Office.