Over the past 50 years, competition law and policy has, both at the level of the European Union (EU) and in all Member States, developed into a substantial body of law. In the EU it constitutes not only directly applicable Treaty rules but also a wide variety of substantive and procedural implementing measures. Internationally similar rules apply in most countries as the goal of competition law is sought after by all, namely undistorted competition that allows for growth and innovation to the benefit of the many rather than the few. Achieving this goal of undistorted competition requires an all-encompassing application of competition law to the entirety of all economic activities. This approach is confirmed where past and current practice covers an ever-growing spectrum of sectors. Whether cases concern the production or sale of bananas or cars, the distribution of music streaming or gaming apps, the access to telecommunication and energy networks, the charges for airport and seaports services, pharmaceutical and technological patents or the use of accumulated marketplace seller data - competition law is applicable, whether within or beyond the border of the EU, and infringements are becoming increasingly costly. In case of failure to comply, competition authorities may impose financial and structural remedies, block or reverse merges and demand the recuperation of state aid. Beyond these forms of administrative penalties, private parties can launch damages claims against the infringing parties. For these reasons competition law rules are of immediate concern to business lawyers, to economists active in the area, to policymakers and management within the EU as well and in many other jurisdictions.
This course provides the participants with a solid basis for the practice of EU competition law which often resembles that of other jurisdictions. It covers the main areas of EU competition law (such as the prohibitions on collusive behaviour and abuse of dominance and merger control) from both a substantive and procedural perspective.
Europa Institute Steenschuur 25 2311 ES Leiden Phone: 071-527 7760 Website: www.europainstituut.nl Sheena Bruce, firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +31 (0)71 527 7821
Prof. Tom Ottervanger, Dr. Ben Van Rompuy, and specialized guest lecturers.
** Course Objectives:**
Objectives of the course:
The objective of this course is to acquaint the students with the rationale of competition law and policy and to familiarize them with the basic rules, principles, and procedures of EU competition law.
The following achievement levels apply with regard to the course:
Knowledge and comprehension:
Students can demonstrate an extensive understanding of the EU competition law framework and its function.
Students can explain and demonstrate knowledge of the main concepts of competition law including but not limited to: undertaking, restriction of competition, abuse, merger/joint venture, relevant market, and state aid.
Students can demonstrate a good understanding of the economic theory, which forms the basis of competition law practice, and the interplay between the two.
Students can identify the relevant substantive and procedural rules and apply them in hypothetical or real-life scenarios that practitioners and policymakers (may) face.
Students can apply the concepts of competition law and case law to traditional markets as well as the new economy.
Students are able to develop a well-structured competition law analysis for theoretical or actual cases
Students are able to critically discuss competition law cases and developments as well as the limits and functions of competition law enforcement.
Students are able to conduct high qualitative independent legal research in one or more of the areas of competition law which are known for their complexity.
Students are able to critically analyse the law for the oral exam.
Mode of Instruction:
Classes will consist of 10 interactive lectures/seminars. Students are expected to read the assigned readings and be prepared to discuss these materials in class.
Mandatory written assignment must be completed with a passing grade in order to take part in the final examination of the course.
Final examination will count for 100% of the course grade. Exam will be oral.
Course textbook: R. Whish & D. Bailey, Competition Law, 10th edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021.
Relevant case law: will be uploaded to Brightspace weekly.
Specific literature: complementary literature to the textbook will be uploaded to Brightspace weekly.
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