LAW40360 Advanced Issues in European Competition Law

Academic Year 2023/2024

This advanced level module critically examines how EU competition law governs particular actions of private market actors. It considers the rationale behind EU competition law and how this area of law fits in to the EU's economic order and philosophy. It explores and critiques the substantive and institutional dimensions of TFEU Articles 101 (governing, amongst other things, cartels between firms) and 102 (governing abuses of dominant market positions). This module additionally considers the relationship between national and EU competition law, as well as the institutions active in enforcing EU competition law at national and EU levels.
Students are expected to study not only the prescribed materials but, in addition, to engage in independent research. Active and informed participation in classroom debates is expected.

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Learning Outcomes:

On completion, students should have learned to:1.Understand how to independently research the primary and secondary sources of EU competition law; and 2. Critically discuss cutting edge issues in EU competition law through debate and discussion in class;

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Seminar (or Webinar)




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
A high level of advance preparatory reading of legal texts and judgments is expected. Active and informed contribution to classroom debates is expected. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Admission to this module is restricted to students registered in either the LLM or MSc and who have (or are prepared to acquire by independent study before undertaking the module) knowledge of the EU institutional structure and fundamental principles of EU Law (eg direct effect) governing the interface between EU law and national law.

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
Examination: Closed book examination paper 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Written feedback will be posted on Brightspace after all grading is completed

Mandatory textbook.

The hope is that the 8th edition of Jones, Sufrin & Dunne, "EU Competition Law: Text Cases and Materials (OUP) will be avilable. If not , we will use the 7th ed.,(2019) which is available from the library in e-format and hard copy. Hard copies are widely available for secondhand purchase if you wish.