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Competition Law (6 ECTS)

Lecturer: Prof. Dr H.H.B. Vedder (coordinator)

When: Block 2

Brief course description: Why did Microsoft have to change Windows? Why did a group of pharmaceutical company have to pay a € 400 million fine for agreeing so settle patent infringement procedures out of court? How could the European Union block the takeover of Honeywell by General Electric? These questions are central in competition law, where we will study the application of Article 101 and 102 TFEU and the Merger Regulation. We will examine these provisions and the jurisprudence that interprets and applies it in a way that will give you a thorough understanding of the law and the way politics and economics influence it. Because competition law is rapidly gaining practical importance, with a strong emphasis on effective enforcement and compliance within the companies that have to comply with it, this course may well be the competitive edge you need on the labour market. Moreover, this course will help you understand competition law as an instrument to address a wide array of societal and economic challenges that face us, such as the way we are presented with information from the internet by search engines like Google. Given that competition is ultimately an economic phenomenon and in keeping with Justice Brandeis’ statement, this course will contain an economic appraisal of competition law.

Teaching method: This course will have interactive lectures. Students are expected to come prepared to lectures and questions will be made available to the students in advance to enable the socratic teaching method.

Assessment: Assessment is by means of a written exam. The exam consists of questions that reflect the topics of the course and test knowledge, insight and critical analysis.

*Official course information and schedules during the academic year can be found in Ocasys.

Last modified:19 December 2017 4.42 p.m.