Short Course on Advanced EU Competition Law

I would definitely recommend the course to my colleagues – Pablo’s knowledge, and thoughtful analysis, of the CJEU’s jurisprudence is outstanding. The course provides a great insight into current trends in competition law.

The April/May 2023 course is now CLOSED to applications, as we have no remaining places available.

The Short Course on Advanced EU Competition Law is a 16-hour executive education course. It will be delivered online over four consecutive Fridays: 21 April 2023; 28 April 2023; 5 May 2023; 12 May 2023.

Course organiser: Professor Pablo Ibáñez Colomo, LSE Law School. Email:

Course administrator: Amanda Tinnams, LSE Law School, LSE. Email:


Aims, target audience, structure and timing


  • To assist in the definition of legal strategies and assessment of risk within organisations.
  • To provide an in-depth and systematic overview of some fundamental aspects of EU competition law.
  • To define a framework for the analysis of legal matters and evaluation of potential outcomes in practice.

Target audience

  • Legal practitioners and civil servants who work on EU competition law matters and want coherent and comprehensive exposure to key and recent developments.
  • In-house lawyers who are regularly exposed to competition law matters and would benefit from an understanding of the major issues and potential risks that arise in practice.
  • Professionals, scholars and students who are familiar with competition or antitrust law in their own jurisdiction and want in-depth knowledge of the EU approach to key issues.

Structure and delivery

  • Four 4-hour sessions to be delivered over four consecutive Fridays in April and May.
  • Capacity: the short course will be capped at 25 participants to maximise interaction.
  • Timing: 2pm to 6pm London time.
  • Location: the executive course will be delivered online.


  • Relevant considerations when evaluating the lawfulness of agreements under EU competition law.
  • Potential for unilateral practices to infringe provisions on abuse of dominance.
  • Practical implications of some of the most recent case law developments.
  • How courts perform judicial review in EU competition law and which legal arguments tend to prevail.
  • Theories of harm considered by competition authorities in merger control.
  • Novel issues raised by practices implemented in digital markets, including vertical restraints and unilateral conduct.
  • The role of intellectual property and its impact on legal and economic assessment in light of recent developments.

Academic staff

Pablo Ibáñez Colomo is Professor of Law and Jean Monnet Chair in Competition and Regulation at London School of Economics and Political Science. He is also a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe (Bruges), Joint General Editor of the Journal of European Competition Law & Practice (Oxford University Press) and co-editor of the Chillin’ Competition Blog. He received a PhD from the European University Institute in June 2010 (Jacques Lassier Prize). Before joining the EUI as a Researcher in 2007, he taught for three years at the Law Department of the College of Europe (Bruges), where he also completed an LLM in 2004. He has been a Visiting Professor at several institutions around the world, including Aix-Marseille University, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, Kobe University and Torcuato di Tella University.


Day 1: Advanced Issues on Agreements (Friday 21 April 2023, 2pm-6pm)

  • The evaluation of agreements under Article 101 TFEU.
  • The role of the relevant economic and legal context.
  • Factors that impact the anticompetitive risk of certain practices.
  • Recent developments, including in relation to vertical restraints and intellectual property.

Day 2: Advanced Issues on Abusive Practices (Friday 28 April 2023, 2pm-6pm)

  • The evaluation of potentially abusive practices under Article 102 TFEU.
  • How anticompetitive effects are considered by EU courts.
  • The progressive shifts in case law, and the role of the various tests.
  • Sectoral overview of key developments and their implications

Day 3: Focus on Digital Markets (Friday 5 May 2023, 2pm-6pm)

  • Ongoing developments and emerging case law in digital markets.
  • Underlying theories of harm and novel legal issues raised by them.
  • Comparative overview of approaches taken across Europe.
  • Interaction with regulatory initiatives.

Day 4: Advanced Issues on Merger Control (Friday 12 May 2023, 2pm-6pm)

  • Recent developments in merger control.
  • Non-coordinated effects before courts: legal and economic challenges.
  • Remedies in merger control.
  • Merger control in digital markets.

Registration and fees

  • For further information, including registration and fees, please contact Amanda Tinnams, Course Administrator. Email:
  • On completion of registration and payment received in full, you will receive a Zoom link and a set of pre-course readings.
  • Fees: £1,500. If you have any special requirements, please contact Amanda Tinnams. 
  • Once full payment is received, confirmation of your place will be sent by the Course Administrator.

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Certificate and CPD points

  • A course certificate will be provided on completion of the course. 
  • CPD points can be applied for.


If you need to make a cancellation, please contact the Course Administrator and your place will be moved to the next available course. Please note: the price of future editions may increase.