Competition Law

The details
Law (School of)
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 18 December 2020
22 October 2020


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Module description

This module provides the opportunity to develop an understanding of the regulation of competition in a free market economy at two different levels: supranational (the EU) and national (the UK).

The course will cover competition law including restrictive agreements and concerted practices, merger control, the abuse of a dominant position, the cartel offence and the law of civil liability and third party rights. In addition, it will also consider current competition law policies and recent reforms.

Module aims

The aims of the module are:
To develop an understanding of the rationale behind competition law and policy, and its importance in the regulation of a free market economy
To enable students to understand the direct impact of EU competition law on UK law
To provide an in-depth knowledge of the general principles of competition law of the EU and its influence on national laws
To provide students with the ability to understand the role of economic theory in competition law
To cover the main substantive norms relating to competition law within the EU and the UK, including abuse of a dominant position, merger control, anti-competitive agreements and other anti-competitive practices, as well as competition law, criminal law and civil liability.
To provide students with knowledge of recent reforms and future developments of competition law
To enable students to understand the practical
application of competition law, including how the law governs business practices that may restrict
competition in economic markets
To develop skills of legal research and problem analysis To promote independent learning and originality in approach
To enable the student to identify and analyse relevant legal issues and resolve problem questions by the application of substantive competition law within a time constraint

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
Discuss and critically analyse EU and UK competition law and their sources
Explain the relationship between the EU and the UK competition law regimes
Demonstrate a sound knowledge and awareness of competition law and policy and its importance in the regulation of a free market economy
Demonstrate an awareness of interdisciplinary connections in competition law between the law and economics and particularly the importance of economic concepts
Demonstrate knowledge of the substantive norms of EU and UK competition law and assess developments in the areas of EU and UK competition law
Apply the relevant principles and rules of competition law to specific cases
Apply analytical skills to critically evaluate EU and UK competition law as it operates in a commercial environment
Demonstrate skills of legal research and problem analysis

Module information

Week 1:Introduction, goals of competition law; market definition and market power
Week 2:Article 101: Introduction, the nature of an undertaking, agreement and effect on trade
Week 3: Article 102 TFEU: General theory, dominance and abuse
Week 4: EU mergers
Week 5: UK mergers
Week 6: Article 101: Vertical agreements, the case law; the concept of the rule of reason and Article 101(3)
Week 7: The Vertical Agreement Block Exemption Regulation
Week 8: Joint Ventures and horizontal collaboration
Week 9: Cartels and regulatory enforcement
Week 10: Modernisation and private enforcement: civil actions

Learning and teaching methods

This module is taught through a mixture of weekly live webinars, pre-recorded videos, and tutorials. Each week, the module teaching team will first produce and make availableon Moodle two 25-minute pre-recorded video lectures. The module teaching team will then deliver a weekly live 50-minute webinarin which they further explore key legal conceptsand answer your questions about the topics. These lecturesand webinarswill subsequently be available online through Moodle so that you can re-watch them as part of your independent study. Alongside this, there will be five bi-weekly 50-minute small group tutorials. The module teaching team will also produce and make available on Moodle short guidance notes. These notes will introduce the material to be covered in the lectures, webinars and required readings. The notes will also contain tips designed both to help you navigate the material to be covered in the lectures and webinars and to equip you to analyse the required readings. You will be expected to have completed the required readings in advance of your tutorials. Your tutorials will enable you to discuss the material covered in lectures, webinars and the required readings, obtain feedback on your pre-class preparation and deepen your understanding of key concepts. To help you prepare in the best possible way for your tutorials, you will be completing regular Multiple-Choice Quizzes on Moodle. The quizzes will be based on the reading set for that week so that the quiz forms part of your preparation for each tutorial. The quizzes will enable you to track your progress, understand what you are doing well, and give you clear feedback to help you manage your studies and your progress.


  • Whish, Richard; Bailey, David. (2018-07-26) Competition Law: Oxford University Press.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Summative Essay    80% 
Practical   Multiple-Choice Quizzes    20% 

Overall assessment

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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Carlo Petrucci, email: c.petrucci@essex.ac.uk.
Carlo Petrucci, Anastasia Karatzia
Carlo Petrucci, c.petrucci@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Dr Hedvig Katherine Schmidt Moutsatsos
The University of Southampton
Associate Professor
Available via Moodle
Of 1185 hours, 0 (0%) hours available to students:
1185 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
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