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This course is designed to provide students with a broad introduction to some of the key substantive policy areas of the European internal market. . An understanding of the EU Internal Market will be developed by studying the evolution from a common market to an internal market and by focussing on two of its key components: the free movement of goods and the free movement of persons.

The free movement of goods is one of the ‘four freedoms’ of the European Union. The creation of an internal (often referred to as the single) market, which is one of the central tasks of the EU, is defined as ‘an area without internal frontiers in which the free movement of goods, persons, services and capital is ensured in accordance with the provisions of this Treaty’ (Article 26 TFEU). In order to achieve this, any obstacles to the free movement of goods, services, persons and capital, as between Member States must be abolished. In particular relation to goods, this necessarily involves the prohibition, as between Member States, of customs duties and quantitative restrictions on the import and export of goods, and all other measures having equivalent effect. In addition to creating an internal market where trade can flow freely and where there are no duties imposed on internal borders the EU has pronounced itself as a customs union where there is a common external customs tariff for goods (Article 28 TFEU). As a customs union, goods entering the EU from third states (ie non EU states) are subject to the same external tariff, irrespective of where they enter it. Once goods from third states have been subject to the appropriate duties upon crossing the external EU border, they are regarded as being in ‘free circulation’ and are to be treated like any other goods produced within the EU. Thus the EU has exclusive competence to negotiste trade agreements with non-EU states.

As far as the free movement of  persons is concerned it comprises the right  of workers, the self-employed and legal persons (ie companies)  to move to another Member State and access the job market and take up residence there.. The liberalisation of cross-border services is also crucial to the success of the internal market. Additionally, and in order to remove disadvantages associated with exercising free movement rights, there are ‘ancilliary’ rights which range from the right of workers to move their family with them through to the right to receive social advantages under the same terms and conditions as host-state nationals. A raft of secondary legislation was adopted in the late sixties/early seventies explaining and expanding the scope of rights that attach to the free movement of worker provision. Particular attention is given to the impact of the creation of European Citizenship on some of these freedoms

Students need no former knowledge of EU Law before taking this course, but it may require some additional Reading.

Learning outcome

See ‘Detailed course information’ regarding requirements and syllabus.


Students who are admitted to study programmes or individual courses at UiO must each semester register
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International applicants, if you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information
about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.

Nordic applicants that are accepted to study programmes or individual courses at UiO can be admitted to this course.


Recommended previous knowledge

Please note that lectures and curriculum for this course is aimed at students at master degree level.

However, the achievement requirements are adjusted for students who take the subject at bachelor degree level.



Language of teaching for this course is English. This means that all
communication during lectures/seminars will be in English, and all
literature and auxiliary materials are in English.


In the spring semester 2022, the exam will be a 24 hour home exam, maximum 2000 words.

Footnotes should be included in the word count of the main text. Not included in this count: front page (title etc.), summary, table of contents and references (bibliography). (If relevant for the paper).

Assignments/papers with text exceeding the word limit will not be accepted.


Examination support material

All support materials will be permitted throughout the exam

Use of sources and rules for citing 

The standard rules on cheating and plagiarism which apply to assignments apply also to the written open book examination. This means that you must provide a reference whenever you draw upon another person’s ideas, words or research in your answer to the exam question(s). You cannot copy text directly from textbooks, journal articles, court judgments etc. without highlighting that the text is copied.

Thus, pieces of text quoted verbatim from these and other sources must be italicised or otherwise highlighted so that it is obvious that the pieces of text are quotes.

Example of highlighting in a text:

"Laurent Bailay and Bernard Van der Lande propose to define a mobile payment as a “payment for products or services between two parties for which a mobile device, such as a mobile phone, plays a key role in the realization of the payment”. (European Commission, GREEN PAPER Towards an integrated European market for card, internet and mobile payments, page 5)"

Failure to cite sources or highlight quotes in your exam answer may be considered as evidence of cheating.

Use of sources and citations

Previous exam papers

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Marking criteria for written examination

This  guide is used by examiners for grading elective courses at the Faculty of Law.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take this exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

There are special rules for resitting a passed examination in the master's programme in Law.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.


The language for this course is English. Students enrolled in the
Masterprogrammet i rettsvitenskap must pass one
English subject as part of their degree, this course will meet these

This subject is taught at Bachelor's level. The subject is also taught at Master's level (10 ECTS credits), see JUS5440 – EU Substantive Law

Please see the chapter above, regarding overlap. For instances of overlap, credits will be deducted on the subject at Bachelors's level.

Facts about this course






The course is discontinued


The final exam in this course will be held 2022

Teaching language