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.
Learning outcome

Students will gain:



  • Describe the main pillows of competition law, cartels, abuse of dominance and merger regulation, and the differences between these.
  • Account for the legal sources in competition law and their internal ranking.



  • Identify the use of economic theory in a competition law content and its implication for the core concept.
  • Identifiy the impact of different legal sources and their implication for core concept.
  • Analysis real and substantial competition law problems, including how economics theory and the legal sources affects these.



  • Arguing for different legal solution to a presented problem and ability to choose between them.

There will be student presentations based on minor cases.

Whish and Bailey: Competition Law, 2021, 10th Edition, Oxford University Press


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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
Type of assessment details
Oral exam without preparation, 20 minutes

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Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Exam period

Fall: week 50 - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

Spring: TBA


Fall: Week 4 - Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Spring: TBA

Single subject courses (day)

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


Course number
Programme level
Full Degree Master
Full Degree Master choice

1 semester

Autumn And Spring
  1. Students enrolled at Faculty of Law or holding a pre-approval: No tuition fee
  2. Professionals: Please visit our website  
Please see timetable for teaching hours
Contracting department
  • Law
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Law
Course Coordinator
  • Christian Bergqvist   (3-7271744f7984813d7a843d737a)
Saved on the 30-04-2024

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