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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

LAW5445M International Competition Law

15 creditsClass Size: 96

Module manager: Or Brook

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Module replaces

LAW5440M Competition Law

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

Competition laws are adopted in over 100 jurisdictions around the world and affect the day-to-day business of all significant businesses globally. This module is designed to allow an understanding of the substantive law and procedure of Competition Law, as well as the underlying core economic concepts of competition. Classes will investigate the means by which Competition Law tackles problems such as cartels and anti-competitive agreements among undertakings, monopolies and the abuse of dominant positions, and vertical restraints. The module examines the main substantive rules of Competition Law, with a primary focus on the competition law regimes of the European Union and the United States. These jurisdictions are of international significance because the vast majority of multinational firms' operations are subject to European and/or American competition law, and because the European and/or American model of competition law has been copied by numerous jurisdictions around the world.


This module explores the main substantive rules of Competition Law that regulate business behaviour across the world through the prohibition of cartels, abusive behaviour by monopolies and vertical and horizontal restraints. The module will focus on the rules found in two main competition law/antitrust jurisdictions in the world, namely the European Union and the United States (whose laws have collectively influenced over one-hundred other jurisdictions across the world in their adoption of competition laws).

The main goal of the module is to provide the students with a sound introduction to the key legal rules and underlying economic concepts that make up the substance of Competition Law in jurisdictions across the world. The module also aims to show students how these rules and theories are applied to cases as well as to recent news and ongoing developments.

Learning outcomes
Students will gain:
- a good understanding of the types of behaviours and market circumstances that invoke competition law and policy;
- a good knowledge of the substantive rules by which competition laws in the US and EU respond to these aberrant market circumstances;
- an appreciation of the economic theory, practice and analytic tools that underpin and inform competition law and policy;
- a command of the language and terminology used in the context of competition law;
- subject-specific and generic skills appropriate to specialist graduate studies.


General Structure and Economics of Competition Law
Abuse of Dominance
Horizontal Agreements and Concerted Practices
Vertical Restraints

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours134.50
Total Contact hours15.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

A formative assessment opportunity will be provided.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay4,000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 14/12/2023


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