LAWS90069 Competition Law in a Globalised World

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2017:

Term 4, Parkville - Taught online/distance.Show/hide details
Pre-teaching Period Start 02-Oct-2017
Teaching Period 09-Oct-2017 to 03-Dec-2017
Assessment Period End 08-Dec-2017
Last date to Self-Enrol 03-Oct-2017
Census Date 27-Oct-2017
Last date to Withdraw without fail 17-Nov-2017

This subject is delivered completely online and there are no printed subject materials.

Timetable can be viewed here.
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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 80 hours
Total Time Commitment:

150 hours

Students are expected to log into the LMS and familiarise themselves with the subject, layout, navigation, activities, readings and assessment the week before formal teaching begins.

Students will not be expected to complete any set tasks or readings but will be encouraged to make a start on readings for the module if they so choose.


LAWS90065 Foundations: Competition Law and Economics may not be required for students enrolled in the on campus Melbourne Law Masters program who have substantial competition law-related economics in their background, either by way of prior studies and/or relevant work experience.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Applicants without legal qualifications should note that subjects are offered in the discipline of law at an advanced graduate level.

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

The Melbourne Law Masters welcomes applications from students with disabilities. The inherent academic requirements for study in the Melbourne Law Masters are:

  • The ability to use a computer, including read material on screen, to a competent standard;
  • The ability to read, analyse and comprehend complex written legal materials and complex interdisciplinary materials;
  • The ability to clearly and independently communicate in writing a knowledge and application of legal principles and interdisciplinary materials and to critically evaluate these;
  • The ability to clearly and independently communicate orally a knowledge and application of legal principles and interdisciplinary materials and critically evaluate these;
  • The ability to work independently and as a part of a group;
  • The ability to present orally and in writing legal analysis to a professional standard.

Students who feel their disability will inhibit them from meeting these inherent academic requirements are encouraged to contact Student Equity and Disability Support.


Prof Mark Williams


Professor Mark Williams (Coordinator), Director, Asian Competition Forum

Subject Overview:

This subject will consider the development of modern thought about trade and competition that originated in the 18 th century. The development of ‘free trade’ and competition as the organising mechanisms of both domestic and international commerce will be traced through the 19 th and 20 th centuries to the present day. The evolution and spread of modern competition policy and law in key jurisdictions and regions will be examined, analysed and contextualised through global shifts in the political economy environment. The relatively recent spread of competition law to developing and small economies will be explained and the impact of new technologies on competition law will be discussed. Finally, the effects of globalisation of competition law and how it affects international legal practice in this field will be considered.

Highlights of the subject include:

  • Critical examination of the historical development of competition policy and law globally including the major institutions that promote globalisation
  • Exploration of the interaction between trade, competition and globalization, including consideration of the opposition to globalisation
  • Consideration of the shifts in economic and political theory that have moulded the parameters of competition law and its analytical tools
  • Appreciation that achieving globalised standards in competition law norms and their application are complex and disputed
  • Special focus on the increasing significance of competition policy, law and enforcement in small and developing economies
  • Examination of the crucial role of technology in contemporary globalised business models and the special competition issues that arise therefrom and
  • Insights and perspectives from leading stakeholders such as competition authority officials, academics 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 and their application in commercial situations.
Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students will have developed:

  • An advanced knowledge of the political economy of the inception, development, growth and interaction of global trade and competition policy
  • Sophisticated cognitive and analytical skills that equip you to critically analyse and assess competition policy and law in a global context
  • A capacity to use the knowledge and skills that you have 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 global competition policy and law.
  • Participation in and contributions to discussion board and tutorials, ongoing throughout term: Weeks 1-8 (20%)
  • Research essay (max 9000 words):
    • proposal due Week 5, 2000 words (20%)
    • full essay due Week 9, 7000 words (60%)
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Links to further information: http://www.unimelb.edu.au/online/global-competition-consumer-law/
Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Competition and Consumer Law
Graduate Diploma in Global Competition and Consumer Law
Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies
Master of Commercial Law
Master of Competition and Consumer Law
Master of Global Competition and Consumer Law
Master of Laws
Master of Laws (Global Competition and Consumer Law)

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