Essential EU Law in Text


4th edition, 2018

This book is a companion text for “Essential EU Law in Charts”. Together with the charts, the book is intended as a learning tool for students as well as for practitioners endeavouring to brush up on their EU law skills, especially in view of the Lisbon revision and the fundamental changes that it brought about in the EU legal system.

The book contains a brief and simple text on the matters dealt with in the charts book and with references to the charts. It deals with the following issues: introduction to the subject, the development of European integration, the institutions, competences of the EU, the adoption of secondary measures, the nature of EU law, introduction to substantive EU law, the internal market, competition law, social law, legal integration and enforcement.


Christa Tobler is a professor at both the Universities of Leiden (the Netherlands) and of Basel (Switzerland), where she teaches EU law. In her research, she places a particular emphasis on the issues of legal equality and discrimination, both in economic and in social law, as well as on the legal relationship between Switzerland and the European Union.

Jacques Beglinger is a lawyer and member of the executive committee of a business association in Berne (Switzerland). He received his legal training in Switzerland, France and the United States. His background is in industrial law with a specialisation in international commercial law including, in particular, the areas of technology, digital economy and media.

This volume is associated to the Meijers series of the Meijers Research Institute and Graduate School of Leiden University, the Netherlands.

This book is a product of the “EUR-Charts – EU Law in Charts” project (

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