EU Competition law is one of the main legal disciplines of business law. The fines imposed by competition authorities now exceed one billion euros. Economic operators may be sanctioned with heavy corrective measures, from divesture remedies to compulsory licensing. Hence, risk assessment and compliance to EU Competition law has become a central issue. This new reality is acknowledged by many firms that do not hesitate to instrumentalize antitrust law as a strategic tool to gain a competitive advantage on the market.
The aim of the course is to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of EU competition law. This course addresses the entire range of EU competition law issues: anticompetitive agreements (Article 101 TFEU), abuse of dominance (Article 102 TFEU), merger control, exclusive/special rights and public undertakings, State aid, oligopolies, procedural and institutional issues. The issues examined in class are not only dealt with from a mere EU law standpoint, but are also analysed through the lenses of economic analysis, comparative law and practical insights. A complete set of written notes as well as a documentation folder are provided to the student
This course is designed to awaken students to the challenges of a key area of European policy and business law, competition law and provide the expertise to detect, in the professional life, potential problems related to this particular subject matter. At the end of the course, students are able to solve complex and facts-based case studies and to propose a solution that is both pragmatic and realistic. Students also gain a critical view of legislative and doctrinal sources.
The course follows an original approach with frequent references to legal and economic analysis, comparative law (domestic law of EU Member states and US law). The use of many practical examples allows students to discover and discuss the functioning of an important number of industries and sectors.
The course is based on a traditional method of ex cathedra teaching. The professor, however, ensures active participation of students during the oral course. The professor also recommends several readings to facilitate understanding and to deepen a particular point. Also, rehearsals sessions are organized so that students become familiar with the format of the examination (case studies).