||This is a two‐credit course that aims to give students a comprehensive introduction to European Union law in the wake of the recent Treaty of Lisbon. The first part of the course will survey the succession of treaties that have led to today’s EU and the institutions that govern the Union, and lay out key legal and political themes associated with the European integration project. The middle portion of the course will cover the role of the European Court of Justice and interaction of EU law with the national law of member states, then examine the EU as an international actor in its own right and the Union’s increasingly important fundamental rights framework. The final segment of the course will cover the basics of the internal market and the four freedoms (free movement of goods, services, people and capital) and consider data privacy issues. The course also will give attention to research methods and sources.