JJUA55029U  EU Competition Law

Volume 2016/2017

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.
  • Criminalization of competition law and the application of human rights.
  • 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

- Present the provisions of competition rules contained in the EU Treaty - Explain the interpretation and application of the competition rules in the EU Treaty
- Explain the rules by considering the underlying theory, the structure of the provisions and their application in practice
- Explain the main principles of the rules
- Identify the relevant problems of the competition rules contained in the EU Treaty
- Communicate and formulate her/his knowledge and arguments professionally and linguistically correct and in a way that is structured and coherent

Richard Whish: Competition Law, 2015, 8th edition, Oxford, University Press – A reading list will be provided.
Appr. 500 pages.

Basic knowledge and understanding of competition law issues.
For Danish students: Danske studerende må kun følge dette kursus, hvis de på forhånd har taget kurset i Konkurrence- og Markedsføringsret
Similar to the former course European Community Competiton Law.
The courses EU Competition Law and European Community Competition Law mutually exclude each other.
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 20 min
Oral exam without preparation, 20 minutes
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Exam period

Autumn: December 19 - 23, 2016 (preliminary dates)


Spring: May 22 - May 24 + May 26, 2017 (preliminary dates)


Please see "Academic calendar" on KUnet.

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Seminar
  • 34
  • Preparation
  • 241
  • Total
  • 275