Short Course on State Aid and Subsidies Regulation


The Short Course on State Aid and Subsidies Regulation is a 16-hour executive education course. It will be delivered online over four consecutive Fridays: 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd July 2021.

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

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


Aims, target audience, structure and timing


  • To engage in a systematic, in-depth, overview of the fundamentals of EU State aid and UK subsidies regulation.
  • To provide public and private bodies with the instruments to adjust to a new legal landscape following the adoption of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement.
  • To offer a toolkit for the analysis of legal matters and the assessment of the risk and opportunities deriving from certain strategies. 

Target audience

  • Legal practitioners and civil servants (in local, regional or national bodies) who deal with or may be exposed to EU State aid law and/or UK subsidies regulation.
  • In-house lawyers who would benefit from an understanding of the implications of the award by public authorities of grants, subsidies, tax exemptions and similar measures to their firms and/or their rivals.
  • Professionals, scholars and post-graduate students with an interest in the matter and who want to develop an expertise in a field of growing relevance in the UK and the EU.

Structure and delivery

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


  • The scope of EU Treaty provisions and the subsidies chapter in the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement.
  • The evaluation of infrastructure projects in practice.
  • The operation of public services and the interaction with EU State aid law and equivalent provisions
  • State aid, subsidies and taxation, including digital taxes.
  • Principles for the evaluation of the compatibility of measures.
  • The enforcement of the relevant provisions at the national and supranational levels: the role of courts.
  • Remedies and dispute settlement in the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement.

Academic staff

Pablo Ibáñez Colomo is Professor of Law and Jean Monnet Chair in Competition and Regulation at the 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: Scope of provisions on subsidies and State aid (Friday 2nd July 2021, 2pm-6pm)

  • The role, purpose and operation of State aid and subsidies provisions.
  • The definitions in EU law and the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement.
  • The role of State resources in the definition of the scope of the provisions.
  • The practical criteria to identify when a measure is imputable to a public authority.

Day 2: Advantage and selectivity/specificity (Friday 9th July 2021, 2pm-6pm)

  • The difference between, and role of, advantage and selectivity/specificity.
  • Advantage and the provision of public services.
  • Advantage and public investments, including in infrastructure.
  • Approaches to the notion of selectivity/specificity.

Day 3: Special focus on tax measures (Friday 16th July 2021, 2pm-6pm)

  • The distinct complexity of the application of the rules to tax measures.
  • Trends in the case law and practical issues.
  • The lawfulness of tax rulings with EU State aid provisions and beyond.
  • The legal status of digital taxes and similar measures.

Day 4: Procedure and enforcement (Friday 23rd July, 2pm-6pm)

  • The enforcement of EU State aid rules by the European Commission.
  • The application of EU State aid law at the national level and the role of courts.
  • The UK system for the enforcement of subsidies provisions.
  • Remedies and dispute settlement in the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement.

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: the first edition of the Short Course will have a discounted fee of £1,500. If you have any special requirements, please contact Amanda Tinnams. 
  • For your place to be confirmed, full payment must be received. Once full payment is received, confirmation of your place will be sent by the Course Administrator. One week before the course delivery, registration details and a set of pre-course readings will be sent to you.

Click here for our registration form

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.