LAW5A4 Introduction to Business Law
DATE: 5th November 2017
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WORD COUNT: 1750 – 2000 Words
Assess the purpose and legal functions of the principal institutions of the European Union, (“the EU”). To what extent do these institutions address the perception of a democratic deficit within the EU?
The objective of this written assignment is for you to provide a comprehensive description of the principal institutions of the European Union. You are also asked to reflect on the extent to which the institutions provide a democratic basis for the application of EU law.
You should identify the principal EU institutions and assess their individual purpose, composition, function and status within the overall EU structure. A description of each principal institution is recommended, coupled with a critical analysis of each institution’s purpose and legal function. This should form the majority of your assignment. You can also refer to other less important institutions but you should be aware of the overall word count.
You are permitted to provide a historical description of the evolution of the EU and the Treaties, but such description should be limited. When describing the institutions you should also give a description of the legal basis for each institution and, where relevant, an institution’s legal function. You should also describe how the institutions engage with EU law and the different sources of EU law.
In addressing the concept of a perceived democratic deficit, you should discuss what evidence exists to support this point of view. However it is important to remember that you are not being asked to provide a political analysis of the EU. Any discussion of a perceived democratic deficit should be confined to an analysis of the EU institutions and the application of EU law.
Your assignment must be electronically submitted via Blackboard by 11.59pm on Sunday 5th November 2017. No other method of submission will be accepted. You are strongly recommended to complete your assignment in good time for the specified deadline.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETION OF THE ASSIGNMENT:
You should present the assignment in the form of an essay of not more than 2000 words. You will be expected to refer to the recommended textbook, Law for Business Students, Adams, A. (9th Edition). Credit will be given where you have clearly shown independent research by reference to other relevant textbooks, internet resources and legal journals/articles – In such event you should provide a detailed bibliography identifying your sources. The bibliography does not form part of the overall word count.
The written assignment will be marked out of 100. Your assignment counts towards 50% of the overall mark for the LAW5A4 Module.
Marks will be given for:
· Quality of response to the presented question.
· Demonstrating a broad knowledge and general understanding of the main areas covered by the presented question.
· Demonstrating awareness and understanding of the specific issues raised by the presented question.
· Collection, comparison and synthesising relevant information from different sources.
· Presentation of an analytical conclusion in response to the presented question.