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ODEC 8075 - Global Competition Law

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 39

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This course provides an introduction to global competition law and economics, particularly in the US and the EU. It focuses on the most important cases decided in both these jurisdictions to show how competition law has evolved and what its rules are today. The evolution of competition laws is also addressed in light of the discussion surrounding international competition law. The first part of the course introduces students to simple economics of competition and overviews the concerns of competition laws in general. It then turns to discuss the goals of competition laws and how they relate to policies of governments. It then turns to address administrative and judicial enforcement issues of these laws in both the US and the EU. After having been introduced to the economics, policy, and the enforcement system behind competition laws, the course turns to introduce in detail the issues that are regulated under competition laws. In doing that a comparative approach is utilized whereby the rules and regulations in the US and the EU are compared with each other and similarities and distinctions highlighted. The approach of the course will rely heavily on case law, whereby students will read judgments and decisions from both the US and the EU courts to extrapolate the rules and the law. The main issues covered by competition laws that the course will tackle in a comparative fashion include the following: price fixing and other illegal horizontal agreements, vertical agreements such as tying and exclusive dealing, ways to prove the existence of cartels, ways to define markets to determine whether monopoly position is found, assessment of activities considered illegal once such dominance is established, and finally introduction to the rules governing mergers and acquisitions. The course ends with a developmental dimension of competition law especially as it relates to countries in the Global South.


WAKED, Dina (Assistant Professeur à Sciences Po)

Course validation

- Participation : 10%; - Panel : 10% (students will be called on the day they are on the panel); - Group work : 30%; - Final exam : 50%.

Required reading