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DDRO 25A05 - Competition Law

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn and Spring 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The objective of this course is to provide students with a strong basis of competition law & policy and an understanding of its relationship with economics. The focus of the course will be European Union competition law, which serves as a model to competition law and enforcement in numerous countries across the world. The course will also cover the substantive legislation and case law of the United States and generally contrast US antitrust law with EU law. This course is designed to equip students with the principles of competition law. The students can then follow on with more specific courses in Law & Economics or competition policy, or higher degrees specialized in competition law. No prior knowledge of competition law, economics, or specific industries is required. The sessions will be a mix of lectures and discussion. A reading list will be made available to the students in the beginning of the semester. The discussions will cover competition law academia, enforcement agencies' practices, as well as the perspective of practitioners.


YASAR, Ayse G. (Etudiante doctorante)

Course validation

1. Attendance and participation (10%): Students are required to attend the sessions, read the course material before each session and participate. 2. Essays (20% each): Each student will submit two essays during the course of the semester. The essays will be related to the syllabus. Essay questions will be made available two weeks prior to the submission deadline of each essay (deadlines to be communicated to the students in the beginning of the semester). There will be a third bonus essay question which students can answer to increase their final grade. Each essay should be around 1500 words. 3. Final exam (50%)

Required reading

Ariel Ezrachi, EU Competition Law: An Analytical Guide to the Leading Cases, Hart Publishing, 6th Edition.

Additional required reading

  • Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, Articles 101 and 102
  • EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, TED Talk, New York, September 2017
  • Eleanor M Fox, “Competition and Democracy”, OECD Global Forum on Competition, December 2017
  • Opinion of Advocate General Wahl in Case C‑67/13 P – Groupement des Cartes Bancaires v European Commission, delivered on 27 March 2014, paras 26-62;jsessionid=9ea7d2dc30d6d004f40f35df437491cad1f5f828da1.e34KaxiLc3qMb40Rch0SaxyMchz0?text=&docid=149943&pageIndex=0&doclang=en&mode=lst&dir=&occ=first&part=1&cid=1050583
  • The Informant – 2009 movie on the Lysine price fixing conspiracy ( See also “The Lysine Cartel” – US authorities' actual filming of the conspiracy