LAWSG015 Competition Law (EU & UK)
|LAWSG015: COMPETITION LAW (EU AND UK)|
|Credit value:||30 credits (15 ECTS, 300 learning hours)|
|Other Teachers:||Antonio Bavasso (Visiting Lecturer, Allen & Overy)
Damien Geradin (Visiting Lecturer, Euclid Law)
Kyriakos Fountoukakos (Visiting Lecturer, Herbert Smith Freehills)
|Teaching Delivery:||20 x 2-hour weekly lectures, 10 seminars per term, Term One and Two|
|Who may enrol:||Any UCL Master’s student|
|Must not be taken with:||None|
|Qualifying module for:||LLM in Competition Law
LLM in European Union Law
LLM in Law and Economics
|Practice Assessment:||Opportunity for feedback on one optional practice essay per term (two in total)|
|Final Assessment:||One 3-hour unseen written examination (100%)|
The aim of the module is to study EU and UK competition rules and practice in an economic context. The module will analyse the fundamental provisions of EU competition law in particular Articles 101 and 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) and the EC Merger Regulation and to a lesser extent Chapters I and II of the Competition Act 1998 as well as the main provisions of the Enterprise Act 2002. The course will be case-law focused.
During the course, we will take a comparative law perspective and we will provide examples from cases in other major non-EU jurisdictions (such as the United States, China, Japan) that highlight the specificity of the European approach in competition law. This is particularly important as EU competition law has served as the main model for many other competition law regimes in the world, including the UK competition law regime. It is also quite clear that EU competition law will be relevant for UK-based firms even after Brexit and that, in view of the important economic and commercial relations between the EU and the UK, EU-based lawyers will need to be familiar with the main principles and provisions of UK competition law. For instance, mergers might need to be notified in both jurisdictions if, following Brexit, the system of one-stop shop for merger notifications to the Commission does not apply. The UK competition law system also includes innovative provisions on the criminalisation of cartel activity and the control of oligopolies through a system of market investigation references that may be emulated in other jurisdictions. A thorough understanding of all areas of EU and UK competition law will provide students from other jurisdictions a valuable perspective on their own competition law regimes.
The course is taught by a leading academic and leading practitioners with a significant experience in the public and private enforcement of competition law. Guest lecturers from policy and practice will also provide an interesting practice-oriented perspective.
The module will cover vertical and horizontal agreements, abuses of market power, merger control policy and practice.
Having successfully completed the module, students will be able to demonstrate a critical knowledge of substantive issues in EU and UK competition law with particular focus on:
And as an economic supplement:
Module reading lists and other module materials will be provided via online module pages, available at the beginning of term once students have enrolled.