LL4AF      Half Unit
Principles of Global Competition Law

This information is for the 2019/20 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Niamh Dunne


This course is available on the LLM (extended part-time), LLM (full-time), MSc in Regulation and University of Pennsylvania Law School LLM Visiting Students. 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 90 students. Students must apply through Graduate Course Choice on LSEforYou.

Course content

This module provides an overview of the major features of contemporary competition or antitrust law. Competition law comprises a set of legal rules which aim to control the socially-harmful exercise of private market power, whether through hardcore cartels, single firm monopoly behaviour, or mergers that reduce structural competition. This is a discipline that has undergone a remarkable process of expansion in recent decades, and competition laws are now actively enforced in around 130 jurisdictions worldwide. Instead of focusing on a particular regime, the module puts an emphasis on the fundamental debates underlying the adoption and evolution of this field, addressed in comparative perspective. Examples drawn primarily from EU and US competition law will be generally used by way of illustration. The course assumes no prior knowledge of competition law or economics, but aims to equip students to understand and analyse the key substantive elements found within most competition regimes. These include:

• Competition Policy and Economics;

• Anti-competitive agreements, including cartels and vertical restraints;

• Unilateral conduct rules, including refusal to deal and exclusionary practices; and

• Merger control, including horizontal and vertical mergers.


20 hours of seminars and 3 hours of classes in the MT. 2 hours of seminars in the ST.

There will be a reading week in week 6.

Formative coursework

All students are expected to produce one 1,500-word formative essay during the course.

Indicative reading

  • Whish & Bailey, Competition Law (9th ed., 2018);
  • Jones & Sufrin, EU Competition Law: Cases and Materials (6th ed., 2016);
  • Roger van den Bergh, Comparative Competition Law and Economics (2017); and Hovenkamp, The Antitrust Enterprise (2005).


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours, reading time: 15 minutes) in the summer exam period.

Key facts

Department: Law

Total students 2018/19: 89

Average class size 2018/19: 29

Controlled access 2018/19: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Communication
  • Specialist skills