European Competition Law
This course offers an overview of the main areas of EU competition law sensu lato, that is including State aid and liberalization measures. The purpose is to acquire a thorough knowledge of the principles, the law, and the policy problems in this ever changing area of European law, and to become acquainted with the relevant legal sources: mainly the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, the secondary law, the case law of the General Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union, and the administrative practice of the Commission. Theory and practice are held to be equally important. From a theoretical perspective, the course aims to structure what might otherwise appear a chaotic multitude of regulations and cases. From a practical viewpoint, it is built upon the study of real-life or hypothetical cases. Seven units cover the different substantive and procedural domains : introduction to and field of application of European competition law (unit 1), cartel cases (units 2-3), abuse of dominant position and the “doctrine of combined application” (unit 4), concentration control (unit 5), state aid (unit 6), and public undertakings and services of general interest (unit 7).
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The aim of this course is to invite students to study the legal sources of EU competition law in order to:
- gain a thorough knowledge of the relevant legal principles derived from these sources and application thereof to real life cases;
- reflect on the purpose(s) of EU competition law, its place in the legal framework for the internal market of the European Union and its interface with legal systems of the Member States;
- consider the role of each of the actors in EU competition law both at EU level and national level;
- analyse and evaluate new developments in the case law of the EU courts or in the administrative practice of the Commission.
A basic knowledge of the substantive and institutional EU law is a prerequisite to follow the course.
Literature: - Reader with selected legal sources, case-law and materials.