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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

LAW5445M International Competition Law

15 creditsClass Size: 120

Module manager: Dr Or Brook

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

Competition laws are adopted in over 100 jurisdictions gloably and affect the day-to-day business of all significant businesses. This module is designed to allow an understanding of the substantive law and procedure of Competition Law, and the underlying core economic concepts of competition. Classes will investigate the means by which Competition Law tackles problems such as anti-competitive agreements and the abuse of dominant positions, focusing on the compeittion regimes of the European Union and the United States.


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
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes relevant to the subject:

1. Explain the types of behaviours and market circumstances that invoke competition law and policy;
2. Recognition of the substantive rules by which competition laws in the US and EU respond to these aberrant market circumstances;
3. Idenitification of the economic theory, practice and analytic tools that underpin and inform competition law and policy;
4. A command of the language and terminology used in the context of competition law

Skills Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:
1. Critical thinking: analysing different competition law and policy globally, based on a wide range of sources. Solving competition law cases based on knowledge of the law and policy.
2. Commercial awareness: recognising the type of rules big businesses and digital platforms must adhere to.
3.Ethics: explaining the economic and social implications of the competition rules and how they can affect society.


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module

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 formal formative assessment opportunity will be provided, which is specifically pedagogically aligned to the summative assessment task. As part of this, each student will receive individual feedback designed to support the development of knowledge and skills that will be later assessed in the summative assessment.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
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: 27/03/2024


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