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Competition Law - LAW00028H

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  • Department: The York Law School
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Kathryn Wright
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2019-20

Module aims

Competition law sets the ground rules for relationships between firms in the market, limiting anticompetitive agreements and abuse of market power. The module will examine the substantive UK and EU law on agreements between firms and abuse of dominance, the institutions and procedures involved in enforcement, and penalties and remedies for breach of the rules. We will consider recent reforms, including measures to encourage private enforcement by firms and individuals and collective redress. The module will place the law in context by examining the purposes of competition policy, its economic underpinnings, and its place in the global economy.

We will investigate the substantive law and institutions and procedures of enforcement through problems and seminar discussion. You could apply your knowledge, for example, by assessing the impact of competition law on companies; contracts and business dealings, advising companies on their procedural rights in measures taken by competition authorities, or advising competition authorities on the evidence they might draw upon to prove anticompetitive behaviour.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • Identify types of firm behaviour and market circumstances which engage competition law and policy, and apply EU and UK competition law governing this behaviour
  • Explain the institutions and procedures involved in EU and UK competition law enforcement, with an appreciation of the mechanisms of cooperation
  • Analyse the interaction between public and private enforcement of competition law
  • Reflect on the functions and objectives of competition policy, with some awareness of the economic principles underlying it
  • Synthesise and critically analyse a range of sources related to competition law to develop further knowledge, construct arguments, draw conclusions supported by appropriate authority, and evaluate the merits of alternative arguments


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 70
N/A 30

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 70
N/A 30

Module feedback

Opportunities for formative feedback on part of an assessment task. Final summative feedback: general written feedback on the VLE and opportunity for individual appointment with the module leader.

Indicative reading

R Whish & D Bailey Competition Law (8th edn, OUP, 2015)

B Rodger & A MacCullock Competition Law & Policy in the EU and UK (5th Edition, Routledge 2014)

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