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Competition Law in a Globalised World (LAWS90069)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeLAWS90069
Term 1 - Online
Term 3 - Online
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This subject will examine in depth the implications of the transnational features and effects of mergers, unilateral conduct, cartels and other business activities for the design and enforcement of competition law and policy . Students will examine rules governing extraterritorial jurisdiction, discovery, recognition and enforcement of judgments, and extradition in the international competition law context. They will learn about the ways in which competition authorities cooperate with each other and the roles played by regional and international organisations and networks. The subject also canvasses the relationship between competition and trade policies, and the particular challenges facing small and developing economies in a globalised world.

Highlights of the subject include:

  • Critical examination of how tensions between considerations of national sovereignty and international comity arise in the competition law context
  • Exploration and critique of the ways in which governments and competition authorities are seeking to meet the enforcement challenges posed by anti-competitive conduct that has multi-jurisdictional effects
  • Consideration of the strategic opportunities and challenges for multinational business organisations in managing competition law risks
  • Special focus on the increasing significance of competition policy, law and enforcement in international trade and regulation and the implications for small and developing economies
  • Insights and perspectives from leading stakeholders such as competition authority officials and practitioners to assist students in grappling with the challenges posed by the design and application of competition policies and rules in cross-border settings

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students will have developed:

  • An advanced knowledge of the legal rules and enforcement approaches and challenges that apply in relation to transnational or cross-border business activity with anti-competitive effects
  • Sophisticated cognitive and technical skills that equip them to critically analyse and assess the economic policies, legal rules and enforcement approaches that are relevant in a globalised world
  • A capacity to use the knowledge and skills gained in the subject in a way that demonstrates effective autonomy, judgment, adaptability and responsibility as an expert learner and practitioner in the field of international competition law

Last updated: 18 September 2019