LAW40150 International Competition Law

Academic Year 2023/2024

The course explores the internationalisation of competition law in a globalising world. It examines different competition regime models. It examines why there is no international competition law regime despite the growth of international trade. It adopts an institutional analysis and draws on law, economics, political science, and international trade theory. Substantively, the course falls into four sections: Competition Regimes (theories of competition, competition policy; institutions and enforcement); Trade and Competition (international trade and competition; developing economies and competition); Responses by Law (jurisdiction; bilateral and multilateral agreements; the WTO and competition law); Case Studies (international mergers and/or international cartels).

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the module students should be able to: define the main characteristics of an effective competition regime; explain the relationship between international trade and competition policy; identify the role and importance of international organisations; demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the factors affecting adoption of competition laws in developing economies; distinguish and explain the different legal responses to the challenges posed for competition law by international trade.

Indicative Module Content:

Differences in competition laws around the world; how international trade laws and competition laws relate; the political economy of international competition; competition law and developing economies; extraterritoral application of competition laws; international cartels; competition law enforcement.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning


Seminar (or Webinar)




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
A graduate seminar with student-centred learning. A short introduction to the reading is provided the week before class and students come prepared to discuss the readings based on a series of questions or hypothetical problems. Students work in groups in class to prepare and present answers. Role play, reporting, problem-solving are all used to highlight the challenges raised in applying national competition laws to what are often international competition issues. A small number of visiting lecturers with expertise in competition law will also give occasional lectures. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Essay: 3,000 words essay Week 12 n/a Graded No


Group Project: 1,800 words group assignment Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Summative feedback will be given on the group assessment following presentation and before submission of written work. Individual feedback will be given on final essay.

Name Role
Dr Mina Hosseini Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Laurent Pech Lecturer / Co-Lecturer