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Course Aims:

This two part CPDcast series provides an overview of the Treaty of Lisbon from its creation and ratification to the effect it has on external relations.

After completing the course you will:
  • Understand what the Common Commercial Policy is and how it has changed;
  • Know the unanimity rule and what it relates to;
  • Appreciate the Foreign Direct Investment has affected the EU's exclusive powers;
  • Understand what role the European Parliament will play in trade;
  • Understand how Common Foreign and Security Policy agreements and former EC agreements have been affected;
  • Know the overall objective of Article 3(5);
  • Know how the CFSP has changed;
  • Understand the problematic relationship between the Treaty of Lisbon and International Law;
  • Understand the repercussions of the legal personality of the single EU.
Intermediate Difficulty: 3 of 5
Legislative Updates
Sources and References:
  • Treaty of Lisbon;
  • Treaty on the Functioning of the EU.

In this two part CPDcast series, Professor Piet Eeckhout, Director of the Centre of European Law at King's College London and an associate academic member of Matrix Chambers, discusses the Lisbon Treaty.

In part one he looked at the history of the Lisbon Treaty, from the ill-fated EU Constitution, to the numerous referendums and finally the contents of the Treaty itself. He also looked at the contents of the original constitution and why it failed and then the ratification process of the Treaty of Lisbon itself. He concluded by looking at the treaty itself and the effect it has had on european institutions and fundamental rights.

In this part he examines the Lisbon Treaty and external relations. He looks at the Common Commercial policy and how it has changed. He also discusses the unanimity rule, foreign direct investment and the role the European Parliament will play in trade. He concludes the series by looking at the relationship between EU law and International EU law.

Podcast last reviewed: 2012-01-30

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