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The aim of the module is to study EU and UK competition rules and practice in an economic context. The course will be case-law focused. During the course, we will take a comparative law perspective and we will provide examples from cases in other major non-EU jurisdictions such as the United States, China, Japan that highlight the specificity of the European approach in competition law.
This is particularly important as EU competition law has served as the main model for many other competition law regimes in the world, including the UK competition law regime. It is also quite clear that EU competition law will be relevant for UK-based firms even after Brexit and that, in view of the important economic and commercial relations between the EU and the UK, EU-based lawyers will need to be familiar with the main principles and provisions of UK competition law.
For instance, mergers might need to be notified in both jurisdictions if, following Brexit, the system of one-stop shop for merger notifications to the Commission does not apply.The Competition Act and the Enterprise Act are the most important statutes for cases with a purely national dimension. Consumer welfare and the public interest are the main objective of competition law, including industrial policy, regional development, protection of the environment and the running of public services. United Kingdom competition law is affected by both British and European elements. Like all competition law, that in the UK has three main tasks. Competition law is closely connected with law on deregulation of access to markets, state aids and subsidies, the privatisation of state owned assets and the establishment of independent sector regulators. However, if the effect of a business' conduct would reach across borders, the European Commission has competence to deal with the problems, and exclusively EU law would apply. Even so, the section 60 of the Competition Act provides that UK rules are to be applied in line with European jurisprudence. The Competition and Markets Authority enforces competition law on behalf of the public.
The UK competition law system also includes innovative provisions on the criminalisation of cartel activity and the control of oligopolies through a system of market investigation references that may be emulated in other jurisdictions.
A thorough understanding of all areas of EU and UK competition law will provide students from other jurisdictions a valuable perspective on their own competition law regimes.
The course is taught by a leading academic and leading practitioners with a significant experience in the public and private enforcement of competition law. Guest lecturers from policy and practice will also provide an interesting practice-oriented perspective. The module will cover vertical and horizontal agreements, abuses of market power, merger control policy and practice.
Having successfully completed the module, students will be able to demonstrate a critical knowledge of substantive issues in EU and UK competition law with particular focus on:.
Module reading lists and other module materials will be provided via online module pages, available at the beginning of term once students have enrolled. Global perspective This is particularly important as EU competition law has served as the main model for many other competition law regimes in the world, including the UK competition law regime. Having successfully completed the module, students will be able to demonstrate a critical knowledge of substantive issues in EU and UK competition law with particular focus on: vertical and horizontal agreements abuse of dominant position merger control law and policy Module syllabus Introduction to competition law and policy: Origin of EU and UK competition law Aims and key concepts Competition law and public policy Consumer Welfare vs Total Welfare Efficiencies How do economic concepts fit in legal system?
OUP Lianos, I. Edward Elgar And as an economic supplement: Niels, G. Economics for Competition Lawyers. Oxford University Press Module reading lists and other module materials will be provided via online module pages, available at the beginning of term once students have enrolled.
Preliminary reading Whish, R. Competition Law. Register your interest. Ioannis LianosDeni Mantzari.
Competition Law of the EU and UK is the essential introduction to competition law. Clear and accessible, without compromising on rigor, it helps students to.