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2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LAW2427 Competition Law

20 creditsClass Size: 176

Module manager: Pinar Akman

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

Module replaces

LAW2426 Competition Law

This module is not approved as a discovery module

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 provide a sound understanding of both the substantive and procedural rules of competition law, as well as the underlying basic economic concepts of competition. It focuses on the main principles of competition law and investigates the means by which competition laws tackle such problems as cartels, abuses of monopolies. The module will help to place the UK competition regime within its European and international contexts.


The module explores the main substantive rules of competition law that regulate business behaviour across the world through prohibitions such as cartels, abusive behaviour by monopolies and vertical (contractual) restraints. The module also examines the enforcement mechanisms most commonly used to combat and/or remedy anticompetitive practices.
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 UK and EU competition law. The module also aims to provide the students with a good understanding of the implications of the infringement of the relevant competition rules, how these rules are enforced and how breaches of competition law are remedied.

Learning outcomes
Students will gain:
- a firm understanding of the types of behaviours and market circumstances that invoke competition law and policy;
- a firm knowledge of the substantive rules by which competition laws in the UK and EU respond to these market circumstances;
- an appreciation of the economic theory, practice and analytic tools that underpin and inform competition law and policy;
- an understanding of the strategies and mechanisms of competition law enforcement;
- a command of the language and terminology used in the context of competition law;
- an ability to apply relevant procedural and substantive law to real world situations.

Skills outcomes
The students will improve their understanding of basic competition law concepts and their ability to apply those rules to various real-world fact patterns.


The syllabus is likely to consist of:
Introduction to Competition Law
Economics of Competition Law and Market Definition
Article 102
Article 101
Vertical Restraints
Cartel Enforcement
The Criminal Cartel Offence

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning51.005.00
Private study hours176.50
Total Contact hours23.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

The online learning element is broken down into 15 minute tasks, there will be 20 x 15 minute tasks overall.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

A formative assessment opportunity will be provided.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2,500 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

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 29/04/2024 16:15:25


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