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Introduction to European Competition Law


Please note that the following description of the course is only provisional and therefore subject to change.

Admission requirements

Evident basic knowledge of European law.


Over the past 40 years, EU 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. In addition, EU competition law supports the creation and functioning of the internal market. Compliance with EU competition law has become extremely important. Undistorted competition stimulates innovation, promoted growth and competitiveness and leads to consumer welfare. Infringements of EU competition law can lead to high fines (which may exceed 1 billion euro), damages claims and/or criminal sanctions. Reflecting the importance of EU competition policy, this course will provide the participants with an opportunity to become familiar with the main features of the EU competition rules, case law and practice of EU competition 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 EU competition law;

  • acquire the knowledge to analyze EU competition law cases;

  • obtain the competence to apply EU competition law information to EU competition law cases.

Achievement levels
After completing this course, students will:

  • have a good understanding of the structure and nature of EU competition law; and

  • be able to systematically read EU competition law cases & recognize and analyze the essential parts.


The timetable of this course can be found in uSis.

Mode of instruction


  • Number of (2 hour) lectures: 5

  • Names of lecturers: A.E. Beumer LL.M.

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


  • Number of (2 hour) seminars: 5

  • Names of instructors: A.E. Beumer LL.M.

  • Required preparation by students: Students should read the assigned materials before the seminar and are required to prepare the exercises.

Other methods of instruction

Assessment method

Examination form(s)

  • Written exam (80%)

  • Moot court (20%)

Students who fail the exam are entitled to sit a re-examination. Depending on the number of students failing the exam, the re-sit may take the form of an oral exam.
The 20% grade for the moot court will remain valid for the re-sit. If a student has not passed the course by the end of the academic year, partial grades for the written exam or moot court are no longer valid.

Areas to be tested within the exam
The examination syllabus consists of the required reading (literature) for the course, the reader and the subjects taught in the lectures.


More information on this course is offered in Blackboard.

Reading list

Obligatory course materials


  • Reader ‘Introduction to EU competition law’, please order at

Recommended course materials

  • Jones and B. Sufrin, EU Competition Law. Text, Cases & Materials (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 4th Edition, 2010); or

  • G. Monti, EC Competition Law (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2007); or

  • V. Rose and D. Bailey (eds.), Bellamy and Child: European Union Law of Competition (Oxford, Oxford University Press 2013); or

  • R. Whish and D. Bailey, Competition Law (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 7th Edition, 2012); or

  • P.J. Slot and A. Johnston, An introduction to competition law (Oxford, Hart, 2006).


Students have to register for courses and exams through uSis.

Contact information


  • Institute: Public Law

  • Department: European Law

  • Room number secretary: KOG (B1.21)

  • Opening hours: Monday to Friday between 09:00 and 17:00 o’clock

  • Telephone number secretary: +71 527 8837

  • Email: