Principles of European Union Competition Law

Module code: LW7195

Module co-ordinator: Anne Witt

Module Outline

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the fundamental principles of EU competition law. We will start with an introduction to the economics and policy objectives of EU competition law and policy. We will then concentrate on exploring two key provisions of EU competition law in their legal and economic context: Article 101 TFEU, which prohibits anticompetitive agreements between undertakings (e.g. cartels), and Article 102 TFEU, which prohibits the abuse of market power by a dominant undertaking (e.g. in the form of predatory pricing, tying, rebates and refusal to deal). In order to gain a complete picture of EU competition law, you will need to take the follow-up module ‘Issues and Procedures in European Union Competition Law’, which will look at EU merger control, procedural matters and the competition rules addressed to the State. No previous knowledge of the subject is required.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Lectures, Seminars, Private study and Blackboard VLE

Assessment Methods

Research paper not exceeding 5,000 words including footnotes.