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EU Competition Law

The Programme Syllabus and Authors

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Module 1: Principles of EU Competition Law

Unit 1 - Introduction to Competition Law and Policy
Richard Whish QC (Hon), Emeritus Professor, King’s College London

• The aims of competition law and policy

• The ‘three pillars’ of EU competition law: Articles 101 and 102 and the EUMR

• Key expressions: undertakings; effect on trade between Member States

• Relevant product and geographic markets; market power

• The relationship between EU and domestic competition law


Unit 2 - Article 101(1)
Alison Jones, Professor of Law, King’s College London

• Prohibition of anti-competitive agreements

• Agreements, decisions and concerted practices

• Restriction of competition by object or effect

De Minimis doctrine

Unit 3 - Article 101(3) and Article 102
Richard Whish QC (Hon), Emeritus Professor, King’s College London

• The justification of agreements under 101(3)

• The impact of Regulation 1/2003

• Self-assessment of agreements under Article 101(3)

• Block exemptions

• The meaning of ‘abuse’ in Article 102

Unit 4 - Article 102 (continued) and Article 106
Richard Whish QC (Hon), Emeritus Professor, King’s College London
Leo Flynn, Member of the Legal Service, European Commission; Visiting Professor, King’s College London

Exploitative abuses

• Exclusionary abuses

• Single market abuses

• Infringement of Article 106 in conjunction with Article 102

Unit 5 - Articles 107-109
Leo Flynn, Member of the Legal Service, European Commission; Visiting Professor, King’s College London

• Provision of state aid

• Exemptions

• Procedural Issues

• Position of third parties

Module 2: Practical Application of EU Competition Law

Unit 6 - Merger Regulation
Paula Riedel, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis International LLP, London
Dr Thomas Wilson, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis International LLP, London

• Basic principles of the EU merger regulation

• ‘Community Dimension’ and the one-stop shop

• Criteria for assessment

• Remedies

• Practical examples

Unit 7 - Joint Ventures
Paula Riedel, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis International LLP, London
Dr Thomas Wilson, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis International LLP, London

• Article 101 or merger regulation?

• Application of Article 101(1)

• The justification of joint ventures under Article 101(3)

• Practical examples

Unit 8 - Cartels
Alison Jones, Professor of Law, King’s College London

• Basic prohibition

• Economic issues

• Proof

• Significance of collective dominance under Article 102

Unit 9 - Distribution
Luis A Gómez, Partner, Baker & McKenzie, London

• Scope of Article 101(1)

• Vertical block exemption

• Agreements outside the block exemption

• Unilateral Conduct

• Article 102 issues

Unit 10 - Licensing
Luis A Gómez, Partner, Baker & McKenzie, London

• Scope of Article 101(1)

• Technology transfer block exemption

• Sub-contracting arrangements

• Article 102 issues

 

Module 3: EU Competition Law procedure

Unit 11 - Public Enforcement of EU Competition Law
Wouter Wils, Hearing Officer, European Commission; Visiting Professor, King’s College London

• Regulation 1/2003

• Role of the Commission and the national competition authorities

• Infringement proceedings

• The European Competition Network

Unit 12 - Private Enforcement of Competition Law
Rafique Bachour, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Brussels

• Direct effect of Articles 101 and 102; Courage v Crehan

• Articles 15 and 16 of Regulation 1/2003

• Brussels regulation: where to sue

• Damages Directive

 
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