LL4AF      Half Unit
Principles of Global Competition Law

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Niamh Dunne


This course is available on the MSc in Regulation, 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 major features of competition law regimes. This is a discipline that has gone through a remarkable process of expansion in the past two decades. Competition law is actively enforced in 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 this field. Examples drawn from the US and EU law will be generally used by way of illustration, but references to other regimes will be made where relevant.

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 and 4 hours of classes in the MT. 2 hours of seminars in the ST.

There will be a Reading Week in week 6 of the MT.

Formative coursework

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

Indicative reading

Whish, Competition Law (8th edn, 2015); Jones & Sufrin, EC Competition Law: Cases and Materials (5th edn, 2014); Elhauge & Geradin, 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 2014/15: 57

Average class size 2014/15: 28

Controlled access 2014/15: Yes

Value: Half Unit

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Personal development skills

  • Communication
  • Specialist skills