LL4AG      Half Unit
Competition Law: Challenges and Prospects

This information is for the 2019/20 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Pablo Ibanez Colomo


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 60 students. Students must apply through Graduate Course Choice on LSEforYou.


Prior knowledge of Competition Law is desirable, but not essential.

Course content

This module addresses some of the most topical and intellectually challenging aspects of contemporary Competition Law. The emphasis will be put on US antitrust and EU Competition Law, but developments from other jurisdictions are discussed where relevant. The module examines, inter alia, the application of competition law in high-technology industries as well as its intersection with intellectual property (standard-setting agreements and issues arising in relation to the enforcement of patents in the pharmaceutical sector) and sector-specific regimes.

Topics may include the following:

  • Competition Law, Intellectual Property and Innovation
  • Competition Law in High-Technology Markets (including the Google saga in Europe and beyond)
  • Online distribution
  • Competition Law and Sector-Specific Regulation (Telecommunications and Energy)


20 hours of seminars in the LT. 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 2,000 word formative essay during the course.

Indicative reading

Whish, Competition Law (9th edn, 2018); Jones & Sufrin, EU Competition Law: Cases and Materials (4th edn, 2016); Elhauge & Geradin, Global Competition Law and Economics (3rd edn, 2018); 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: 68

Average class size 2018/19: 34

Controlled access 2018/19: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Communication
  • Specialist skills