Regional integration is a messy business. There are a host of such organisations, but none have achieved the level of integration of the European Union. This alone makes the EU worth studying. To understand the EU it is first necessary to take a look at its history, examining the imperative for its creation. As time and new developments in society came to pass, the role of the EU, its law and its politics have morphed to deal with pressing issues. The EU's growing role within Europe has further helped to form a collaborative-state model for the region and the world.
Head of Design and Associate Professor at The University of Law
Trevor Tayleur joined The University of Law in 1991, playing a key role in developing the core subject of EU Law. Today he is a course designer for EU, Public and Competition Law.
Does the UK consider its policies on human rights protection and immigration stronger than those of the EU?
At the margins perhaps the European Charter of Fundamental Rights might provide protection under EU law where the UK's Human Rights Act doesn't.
Senior International Officer at University of Law
Annita Sophocleous has a BA in European Studies from Royal Holloway and an MA in European Union Studies from Leiden University. She formerly worked for a Member of the European Parliament in Brussels.
How will the UK's relationship with France and Germany change when the UK comes to a Brexit deal with the EU?
A lot depends on the successor to Theresa May because the next Prime Minister will have to repair the damaged relationship between the two parties.