Principles of Legal Thinking in European & International Law

  • European Master in Health Economics and Management
Course unit code
Level of course unit
  • Master
Semester when the course unit is delivered
  • 1
Number of ECTS credits allocated
  • 5.0
Name of lecturer(s)
  • Mag. Dr. Dialer Doris
  • FH-Prof. Dr. Frischhut Markus, LL.M.
  • MdEP a.D. Dr. Lichtenberger Eva
  • Guibert Isabelle, MA MA
Learning outcomes of the course unit
  • At the end of the course, students shall demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals and basic principles of the European Union (institutions & decision-making, legal effects, fundamental freedoms, etc.).

    They shall understand the EU decision-making process by experiencing it at first hand in terms of a one-day role-play in the context of patient mobility.

    Students shall be aware of the selected case-law of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in the field of patient mobility and the impact of these cases on both patients, as well as Member States.

    They shall also be aware of the broader context of medical tourism and the codification of the Court’s case-law in the Directive on patient’s rights in cross-border healthcare.

    Students shall gain a new perspective on EU law, ethics and values, as well as on the concept of peace and its relation to communication, in order to be able to reflect on current challenges (e.g. Coronavirus) by looking at a topic from various angles
Mode of delivery
  • face-to-face
Prerequisites and co-requisites
  • none
Course contents
  • - EU institutions, decision making, sources etc
    - How to solve (health related) cases in the context of the fundamental freedoms
    - Role play on EU decision making with guest lecture and former MEP, Eva Lichtenberger
    - Cases paving the way for patient mobility
    - Cases paving the way for patient mobility
    - Cross-border healthcare vs. medical tourism
    - Directive 2011/24/EU on patients' rights in cross-border healthcare
    - Patients. Rights
    - new medical technologies

    Please be aware that this course requires high level of proficiency in English language. All local students have passed an English language test with at least 90 TOEFL points (internet based) or comparable tests.
Recommended or required reading
  • - Frischhut M. (2017). What one should know about the European Union (EU). A quick introduction to EU law (4th edition). Wien: NWV; or equivalent book, especially if it is more comprehensive / detailed.

    - Several other CJEU cases, videos, one reading and hand-outs (see Sakai)

    - G. I. Cohen, Medical Tourism: The View from Ten Thousand Feet, HASTINGS CENTER REPORT March-April 2010, pp. 11-12; Link

    - BBC News - Overseas 'health tourists' costing NHS at least £40m,; short handouts

    - Text of Directive 2011/24/EU

    - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (2005, October 19). Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights. Retrieved from

    In the field of peace studies.

    - DIETRICH, W. (2005). Peace - Remarks on the Difficult History of a Key Cultural Term". SOSKinderdorforum, Vol. 30 (Innsbruck), pp. 11-15.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
  • Teaching will be provided predominantly by the lecturer, but time will also be allocated for discussions and for group work.
Assessment methods and criteria
  • To monitor the students’ learning this course will provide ongoing assignments as a basis for feedback and grading (formative assessment) and/or will evaluate the students learning at the end of the course or an instructional unit via exams, final project reports, essays or seminar papers (summative assessment).
Language of instruction
  • English