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 students with knowledge of rules and case law within the context of the broader policy issues at stake
1. Knowledge and understanding. Students must demonstrate to have acquired a basic knowledge of the fundamental principles of Antitrust Law and the connected economic tools and methods. 2. Application capacity. Students must demonstrate to have acquired the ability to select, interpret and apply argumentatively the relevant bodies of laws to specific cases. 3. Making judgments. Students should be able to understand the scope and role of rules, enforcement mechanisms, institutions, and to have acquired the ability to draw conclusions on the issues raised on the basis of a reasoned analysis. 4. Skills in communication. Students must demonstrate the ability to express their knowledge with property of language. 5. Ability to learn. Students should have developed learning skills appropriate to continue their education with a high degree of autonomy.
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 the analysis of cases. Specific attention will be devoted to certain business conducts (such as cartels, predatory practices, access to essential facilities) and to emerging phenomena such as e-commerce (vertical restrictions, online resale price maintenance), platforms (market power and market definition in two- sided markets), big data (algorithms and tacit collusion; price discrimination).
Prerequisiti e modalità di esame
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. 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.
Materiale didattico e bibliografia
Lectures will be based on specific reading materials indicated prior to each class.
Reading materials will be made available in advance, via the course's website.
Lunedì h. 13.00. Eventuali variazioni di orario verranno pubblicate sul sito del Dipartimento alla pagina http://www.dpsd.unimi.it/ecm/home/didattica/didattica-nelle-sezioni/diritto-commerciale-e-industriale-e-analisi-di-politica-economica.