Postgraduate Module Descriptor

LAWM087: Competition Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits30 ECTS Value15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Matthew Cole (Lecturer)

Available via distance learning


Competition law is a central area of EU law and policy and has long been seen as the ‘private’ counterpoint to the public field of EU free movement policy. Yet, more subtly, competition can address both private (cartels, dominant undertakings and merging firms) and public parties (Member States, public undertakings, State aid).  This module gives you the opportunity to study the principles of competition law as they relate to these private and public parties and the fundamental economic principles and goals that underpin the law relating to competition. The module will allow you to focus on the activity of the EU legislature in designing the regulatory framework, the case law of the Court of Justice and General Court of the EU and the dynamics of EU policy responses. The module is open to all LLM students but is best suited to those who have or are deepening interests in commercial law, the relationship between EU law and national law and the regulation of public and private economic activity.(No prior knowledge of economics is necessary, although and interest in economics would be useful).

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