In European Countries, the national competition law interacts with the EU antitrust rules and regulations to create a complex albeit highly harmonized system of laws that deeply influences the way markets and their players behave.
The course offers an introduction to EU antitrust law, covering the substantive aspects, the enforcement mechanisms and the institutional interplay between EU and national jurisdictions. It includes an overview of the basic notions and tools of economic analysis that are essential to understand the grounds and reasons of the rules and their application. The course also aims at providing knowledge of rules and case law within the context of the broader policy issues at stake. The substantive contents will cover the three main areas of restrictive agreements, abuses of dominant position and merger control, and will be illustrated and discussed through he analysis of cases. Specific attention will be devoted to certain business conducts (such as cartels, predatory practices, access to essential facilities, e-commerce and platforms) with a focus on the analysis of the problems that their regulation pose.
Moot courts and case studies will constitute part of the final assessment. The final exam will be an oral interview or a written (open book) test. The written test will consist in providing a reasoned position within a case situation. It will be held at the end of the course. In the final weeks a mock written test will be conducted: students shall be required to draft at home the assigned paper, that will be then reviewed and returned individually (results will not be part of the final assessment); a discussion on methodology and content referred to the provided case situation will be conducted in class.
Class attendance is mandatory. Reading materials will be made available in advance, via the course's website. Students are advised to read materials before classes, and will be required to participate in the discussion and illustration of rules and cases. Moot court exercises will be carried out during the course.
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Lectures will be based on specific reading materials indicated prior to each class.