ABSTRACT

Explain why the European Communities were established and how the European Union has developed Explain the key features of the Treaties establishing the European Communities and the European Union and the content of the amending Treaties Outline the main features of the Treaty of Lisbon Identify and discuss the four main sources of EU law Discuss the requirements that new EU Legislation must satisfy in order to be legally valid

There are four sources of EU law:

law enacted by Member States which are the founding Treaties (primary legislation) and law enacted by the EU (secondary legislation);

general principles of law recognised by the Court of Justice (CJ) [formerly European Court of Justice (ECJ)];

international agreements with non-Member States;

decisions of the Court of Justice and the General Court [formerly Court of First Instance (CFI)].