LLM EU Security and Defence Law

Student doing researchModule leader: Professor Martin Trybus

Module description:

This module will discuss the Law of the European Union and regional European international law relating to defence and military security in its political, historical and economic context. It will take primary and subsidiary sources of EU law based on the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU (TFEU), sources of law of the Common Foreign and Security Policy and sources of regional international law into account. The course will put EU Security and Defence Law into its international context comprising of the United Nations, NATO, the OSCE and other organisations.

Seminar topics:

  • The evolution of European defence integration from World War II to 2012
  • EU internal market law as an instrument of European security and defence integration
  • Defence procurement
  • Defence industries and the armed forces
  • The Common Foreign and Security Policy and the European Security and Defence Policy of the European Union
  • The European security architecture
  • European security and defence and international law
  • European integration and the break-up of Yugoslavia

Methods of assessment

Modules on the LLM programmes will be assessed in one of the following ways. As this website is set up in advance, it is not possible to specify which method of assessment will be implemented for each module.


  • One 6000 word essay


  • One 3-hour written examination

If you'd like to find out how a module will be assessed in the forthcoming academic year please contact the LLM Programmes Administrator at Law-LLM@contacts.bham.ac.uk.



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