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LS504D: GLOBAL COMPETITION LAW (2023-2024)

Last modified: 05 Oct 2023 08:46


Course Overview

This course introduces students to one of the most highly discussed areas of law in modern societies. Competition law and policy offer a solution to the abuses of power that firms may perpetrate against consumers and the market. Yet, competition law enforcement is limited in many respects.

This course explores the spread of competition law around the world analysing its core provisions from a comparative perspective. The course thus focuses on the core aspects of competition law: anticompetitive agreements, abuse of dominance, and merger regulation. It then offers insights on the analysis of competition law in digital markets and on the international enforcement of its core provisions.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Claudio Lombardi

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

As competition among market actors has become increasingly globalized and deregulated, antitrust authorities have taken on the role of ultimate guardians of fair market competition. This has resulted in enormous attention being focused on such authorities worldwide, as the decisions they make can have significant impacts on businesses and society as a whole.

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the structure and substance of competition laws in different jurisdictions. The course focuses on the comparative and international aspects of antitrust regulation and enforcement. It examines the current legal framework and the underlying competition policy considerations that have informed application and development of competition law in different jurisdictions.

In doing so, it will also highlight how antitrust adapts to the legal system and society where it adopted, appreciating similarities and differences between different antitrust laws.

The course includes three pre-recorded lectures, which will be uploaded to MyAberdeen at least one week prior to the seminar, and six in-class seminars. The course will conclude with a revision class.

The course will thus follow the following structure:

Lectures

  • Lecture 1: Introduction. (CL)
  • Lecture 2: Art. 101 TFEU. (CL)
  • Lecture 3: Art. 102 TFEU. (CL)
  • Lecture 4: Revision Lecture (CL)

Captioning

All lecture recordings will have video captioning.

Seminars

  • Seminar 1: Economic and legal foundations of competition law
  • Seminar 2: Anticompetitive agreements
  • Seminar 3: Abuse of dominance
  • Seminar 4: International public and private enforcement
  • Seminar 5: Merger control
  • Seminar 6: Competition law and intellectual property

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 8, 10

More Information about Week Numbers


Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 30
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

The feedback will be provided in written form and in accordance with the Common Grading Scale. The feedback will be provided within three weeks as of submission, in accordance with the School’s and University’s policies.

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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandTo acquire knowledge and understanding of the concepts and institutions of competition law as a foundation for further specialisation and study in preparation for future careers.
ProceduralApplyTo apply the theoretical concepts to concrete case scenarios and critically analyse the case law
ReflectionCreateDevelop problem-solving skills and the ability to generate ideas for the solution of legal problems

Exam

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 70
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

The feedback will be provided in written form and in accordance with the Common Grading Scale. The feedback will be provided within three weeks as of submission, in accordance with the School’s and University’s policies.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandTo acquire knowledge and understanding of the concepts and institutions of competition law as a foundation for further specialisation and study in preparation for future careers.
ProceduralApplyTo apply the theoretical concepts to concrete case scenarios and critically analyse the case law
ReflectionAnalyseDevelop their understanding of the relevance of certain concepts in the theory, doctrine, method and goals of Competition Law
ReflectionCreateDevelop problem-solving skills and the ability to generate ideas for the solution of legal problems
ReflectionEvaluateTo evaluate and consider the implications of abuses in global (digital) markets and localised antitrust enforcement

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Exam

Assessment Type Summative Weighting
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Essay grade is carried forward. 100% exam if there is no essay.

The feedback will be provided in written form and in accordance with the Common Grading Scale. The feedback will be provided within three weeks as of submission, in accordance with the School’s and University’s policies.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandTo acquire knowledge and understanding of the concepts and institutions of competition law as a foundation for further specialisation and study in preparation for future careers.
ProceduralApplyTo apply the theoretical concepts to concrete case scenarios and critically analyse the case law
ReflectionAnalyseDevelop their understanding of the relevance of certain concepts in the theory, doctrine, method and goals of Competition Law
ReflectionEvaluateTo evaluate and consider the implications of abuses in global (digital) markets and localised antitrust enforcement
ReflectionCreateDevelop problem-solving skills and the ability to generate ideas for the solution of legal problems

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