EU Competition Law

Course content

The main objective of the course is to provide a detailed understanding of the EU competition rules by considering the underlying theory, the structure of the provisions themselves and not least their application in practice. The course will look at the main areas of competition practice and provide students with a practical framework for understanding and applying the competition rules. Reading and class discussion will also focus on pending developments in competition law and the connections to related practice areas such as intellectual property.

The course will cover the following areas:

  • Competition policy and the economic foundations. An introduction to the theory behind the law and the practices it encompasses.
  • Market definition. The analytical tools required for this important and fundamental topic.
  • Vertical Agreements. A detailed look at the block exemption and the Commission’s Guidelines.
  • Horizontal Agreements. The block exemptions and the Commission’s Guidelines are used as a starting point for a review of permissible forms of cooperation.
  • Cartels.
  • Abuse of a Dominant Position.
  • Mergers and Joint Ventures. The application of the merger regulation and the Commission’s assessment.
  • Competition law and intellectual property rights.
  • Specific industrial segments (e.g. aviation and pharmaceuticals) will provide case studies.
Learning outcome


Students will learn to identify EU provisions of a competition law nature and what to label as an infringement of these.


Students will exercise and develope their analytical thinking and ability to identify possible impediment to the free market and which of these that can be regulated by competition law.
Moreover, as infringements are subject to highly potent fines these skills will help them post graduating if working in private sector or private practice. The course therefore directly empowers students with skills of relevance for “real life”.

Students will take from the course an understanding of EU competition law, some its embedded limitations and these playes into the rules governing a market economy in general and the single market project more specific.

There will be student presentations based on minor cases.

Richard Whish: Competition Law, 2015, 8th edition, Oxford, University Press – A reading list will be provided.

Related subjects (any related courses or related subject areas):
The course is identical to the Danish elect course Konkurrenceret save from the teaching that will be undertaken in English.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 20 minutes
Oral exam without preparation, 20 minutes
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
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Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Seminar
  • 56
  • Preparation
  • 356,5
  • English
  • 412,5