Comparative Antitrust Law
Antitrust/competition law is one of the most globalized fields of law, certainly because it uses the same world language: economics. Nevertheless, under the surface of superficial unity, competition laws diverge significantly in terms of legal thinking, analytical structure and burden of proof. The course examines how the world’s two leading systems (EU competition and US antitrust law) converge and diverge as to the treatment of agreements restricting competition, abuse of dominant position/monopolization, concentrations/merger control and public and private enforcement; it evaluates the two regulatory patterns through elucidating the key-concepts of US antitrust and EU competition law.
The course aims at providing the students with a broad overview on the economic, legal and policy problems of contemporary competition law and policy and at equipping them with the conceptual tools that are necessary for analyzing competition matters. At the end of the course, participants will be able to identify and analyze the most important legal and economic issues in competition matters.
The course is based on the Socratic Method and relies on the active contribution of the participants.
The final grade will be based on class-participation (30%) and final examination (70%), which will be a two-hour open-book in-class exam containing two case-studies.