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Introduction to European Competition Law


Admission requirements

Evident basic knowledge of European law (recommended reading: Craig & de Búrca, EU Law, Text, Cases and Materials, Oxford University Press)


Over the years, European competition law has developed into a substantial body of law. It constitutes directly applicable rules that are of immediate concern to business lawyers and management. Compliance has become extremely important in view of the huge fines that are imposed by the Competition Authorities, damage claims by customers or other third parties (“private enforcement”), prison sentences and fines for managers and other important consequences such as reputational damage. Reflecting the importance of competition policy, this course will provide the participants with an opportunity to become familiar with the relevant legislation, case law and practice of EU competition law. The participants will be introduced to both the substantive and procedural aspects of this area of European law and to the system of case law of the Courts of the European Union. The first part of the course focuses on the core of European competition law: the prohibition of cartels and the prohibition of an abuse of a dominant position. The second part of the course concentrates on various related subjects, such as the enforcement of competition law, merger control and state aid law.

During the course, students will be required to familiarise themselves thoroughly with the materials of the subject matter. Classes will be interactive; students are expected to participate in discussions on case-law.

Course objectives

Objectives of the course:
The students will

  • learn to recognize competition law issues;

  • know how to find and select relevant information about competition law;

  • obtain the quality to apply competition law information to competition law cases;

  • acquire the knowledge to analyze competition law cases.

Achievement levels:
After this course, students will:

  • have a good understanding of the structure and nature of European Competition law; and

  • be able to systematically read case law of the European Courts of Justice and analyse the essential parts


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Mode of instruction


  • Number of (2 hour) seminars: 8

  • Names of instructors: A.E. Beumer LLM

  • Required preparation by students: Students are expected to be familiar with the prescribed materials with a view to taking part in class discussions.

Assessment method

Examination form(s)

  • Written exam (80%)

  • Moot court (20%)

Areas to be tested within the exam
The examination syllabus consists of the required reading (literature) for the course, the course information guide and the subjects taught in the lectures, the seminars and all other instructions which are part of the course.


The course will be supported by Blackboard. On Blackboard, reference will be made to additional information, organisational as well as substantial matters. Blackboard will also be used to give students the opportunity to ask questions.

More information on this course is offered in Blackboard.

Reading list

Obligatory course materials

  • None

Course information guide:

  • None


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Recommended course materials:

  • None


Students have to register for courses and exams through uSis.

Contact information


  • Institution: Public Law

  • Division: European Law

  • Room number secretariat: KOG, room B1.21 (secretariat)

  • Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9:00-17:00

  • Telephone number secretariat: +31 (0)71 527 8837

  • E-mail: