Competition Law

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Law (School of)
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
05 August 2019


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Module description

This 15-credit 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). In this course, we 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, we will consider current competition law policies and recent reforms, and identify pertinent EU competition law issues and risks faced by private market actors. In particular, we will look at the fundamental principles behind EU competition law, the substantive law on identifying anti-competitive practices, and the enforcement dimension of competition law both at the EU and the UK level.

Module aims

This module aims to:

- Provide students with an insight into the EU and UK competition law regimes;

- Enable students to understand the direct links between EU competition law and UK law and enforcement;

- Develop students’ in-depth understanding of the general principles of EU competition law and its influence on national laws of Member States;

- Cover the main substantive norms relating to competition law in the U and the UK, including cartel prohibition, abuse of dominant position, merger control, anti-competitive practices, as well as the enforcement of competition law at the national and supranational level;

- Equip students with an appreciation of the debates surrounding recent reforms and potential developments of competition law;

- Enable students to identify and analyse relevant legal issues and resolve problem questions through the application of substantive competition law within a time constraint.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

- Identify and critically analyse the sources of EU and UK competition law;

- Explain the relationship between the EU and the UK competition law regimes;

- Demonstrate a sound knowledge of substantive issues and legal concepts of competition law and policy and its importance in the regulation of a free market economy;

- Examine the substantive norms of EU and UK competition law, assess developments in the areas of EU and UK competition law and question the effects of these developments on private and public companies;

- Apply the relevant principles and rules of competition law to scenarios taken from practice in order to deliver sound legal advice;

- Critically evaluate the operation of EU and UK competition law in a commercial environment;

- Demonstrate skills of individual legal research and problem analysis.

Module information

Week 16 – Lecture 1: Introduction to Competition law and policy

Week 17 – Lecture 2: Essential Concepts and Structure of Article 101 TFEU

Week 18 – Lecture 3: The relationship between Article 101(1) and Article 101(3) TFEU and introduction to Vertical Restraints

Week 19 – Lecture 4: The Vertical Agreements Block Exemption Regulation

Week 20 – Lecture 5: Cartels and Leniency

Week 21 – Lecture 6: Article 102 TFEU: Dominance

Week 22 – Lecture 7: Article 102 TFEU: Abuse of dominant position

Week 23 – Lecture 8: EU Mergers

Week 24 – Lecture 9: UK Mergers

Week 25 – Lecture 10: Competition law enforcement & Summary of the course

Learning and teaching methods

This module consists of interactive lectures which aim to enhance students' understanding of the topic and guide students through the most important elements/ topics of the module and the literature. Students are expected to participate in discussions of key case law and key developments in the relevant topics. A list of required reading is given for each lecture. It is expected that students will come to class well-prepared in order to engage in discussion and clarify any questions they may have.


  • Richard Whish and David Bailey. (no date) Competition Law.

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.

Overall assessment

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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Anastasia Karatzia, Dr Carlo Petrucci
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External examiner

Dr Hedvig Katherine Schmidt Moutsatsos
The University of Southampton
Associate Professor
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