- Know the core legal and economic concepts by reading the prescribed materials.
- Develop the ability to handle sources, notably judgments of the Court of Justice of the EU and the European Commission’s guidance, by analysing them in lectures.
- Take a practitioners’ perspective by working on cases in seminars.
- Develop a critical view by becoming aware of the key discussions in this field of law throughout the course.
Basic course in EU law, including introduction to judicial remedies and competition law.
This course focuses on the main areas of competition law that apply to undertakings in the EU, namely (i) the prohibition of agreements, concerted practices, and association decisions restrictive of competition, (ii) the prohibition of abuses of dominance and (iii) the control of mergers by the European Commission. So called ‘public’ competition law, notably State aids and services of general economic interest, are covered in an Advanced Competition Law course offered separately.
Lectures will start with a general view of competition law, its economic techniques, and its enforcement. They will then analyse each of the referred main areas in detail, paying particular attention to leading cases and recent developments. EU competition law is primarily based on judgments of the Court of Justice, including the interpretation of those judgments by the Commission in its guidance. Although it requires advance reading, analysing this case law and guidance is intellectually challenging and dynamic.
The course also includes seminars dedicated to resolving practical cases. Case materials must be prepared in advance. Groups will be formed, given a task, and evaluated together during the seminar.
The course textbook is Richard Whish and David Bailey Competition Law (9th ed. OUP 2018).
The corresponding sections and other compulsory readings will be indicated for each class. Additional optional readings may also be listed.