LL4AF      Half Unit
Principles of Global Competition Law

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Pablo Ibanez Colomo NAB7.18


This course is available on the MSc in Regulation, MSc in Regulation (Research), Master of Laws and Master of Laws (extended part-time study). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

This course will be relevant to the following LLM specialisms: Competition, Innovation and Trade; Corporate and/or Commercial Law; European Law; International Business Law.

This course is capped at 60 students. Students must apply through Graduate Course Choice on LSEforYou.

Course content

This module provides an overview of the main common aspects of competition law regimes around the world. This is a discipline that has gone through a remarkable process of expansion in the past two decades and is now a feature of the legal systems of a growing number of jurisdictions. Instead of focusing on a particular regime, the module puts an emphasis on the fundamental debates underlying the adoption and evolution of the law. Examples drawn from the US and EU law will be generally used by way of illustration, but references to other regimes are made where relevant. The topics addressed include the following: 

The topics addressed include the following:
• Competition Law and Economics
• Cartel agreements
• Vertical restraints
• Unilateral conduct: predatory pricing
• Unilateral conduct: tying and bundling
• Unilateral conduct: refusal to deal
• Merger control: horizontal mergers
• Merger control: vertical and conglomerate mergers
• Institutions and enforcement


20 hours of seminars in the MT. 4 hours of seminars in the ST.

Formative coursework

All students are expected to produce one 2,000 word formative essay during the course.

Indicative reading

Whish, Competition Law (7th edn, 2012); Jones & Sufrin, EC Competition Law: Cases and Materials (4th edn, 2010); Geradin & Elhauge, Global Competition Law and Economics (2nd edn, 2011); Hovenkamp, The Antitrust Enterprise (2005).


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.

Key facts

Department: Law

Total students 2012/13: Unavailable

Average class size 2012/13: Unavailable

Value: Half Unit

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Personal development skills

  • Communication
  • Specialist skills