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LAWS6159 International Competition Law and Policy

Module Overview

Competition law, whether on an international or national level, is an important influence on companies' business strategy. Competition law plays a major role in trade and trade relations between countries. It is also an increasingly important element of the everyday life of businesses. The aim of the course is to give you a good understanding of competition law, with a primary focus on EU and US antitrust rules and cases for the purpose of either practice or research in the field.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • A1. The national, regional or international institutional framework of competition law and its corporate or commercial governance agendas.
  • A2. The core principles, concepts, economics and doctrines of competition law and their application to commercial relationships or transactions or corporate parties.
  • A3. The values, policies and interests underlying international competition law.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • B1. Suggest possible legal developments to improve the efficiency and fairness of competition law governing affected parties in the international commercial context and in the context of other areas of law and sector regulation.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • C1. Undertake independent research and access primary and secondary sources effectively.
  • C2. Analyse complex written texts and construct arguments and solve problems based on premises drawn from various sources.
  • C3. Communicate arguments and reference sources appropriately.


The course will generally cover agreements between undertakings, unilateral conduct, and merger control in an international context. It will also cover the competition law’s relation to other areas of law such as intellectual property and trade and the application of competition law as a regulatory tool. Enforcement issues will be discussed when necessary to understand the substantive law. During the module you will consider the underlying policies behind the competition rules, how they have changed over the years and their improvement.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching Method: One 2-hour seminar per week Learning methods include: Essential and additional directed reading, as per distributed reading lists reproduced on Blackboard; Engagement with current legal or commercial developments to ensure that you can relate the material being discussed in class to contemporary controversies

Independent Study130
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Whish. Competition Law. 

Gerber (2010). Global Competition, Law, Markets and Globalisation. 

Nazzini (2011). Abuse of a Dominant Position: Objectives and Principles of Article 102. 

Dabbah. International and Comparative Law. 

Gerber (1998). Law and Competition in Twentieth Century Europe: Protecting Prometheus. 

Concurrent Proceedings in Competition Law: Procedure, Evidence and Remedies. 

Jones and Sufrin (2016). EU Competition Law, Text, Cases and Materials. 

Anderman and Schmidt (2011). EU Competition Law and Intellectual Property Rights, the Regulation of Innovation. 



Formative Assessment


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (4000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (4000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (4000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the mandatory/additional reading text as appropriate. Jones and Sufrin: EU Competition Law, Text, Cases and Materials, 6th edition, Oxford University Press 2016 (£43.99)

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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