Competition Law Courses at EUI

This website holds a record of the seminar courses that I have taught at the EUI since joining in 2010. It is work in progress but I hope it serves as a resource for those interested in teaching competition law.

So far I have taught the following courses:

Fall 2010: Competition Law and Economics Through Case Studies

Spring 2011: State Aid Law and Policy

Fall 2011: Procedures and Procedural Justice in the EU

Spring 2012: The US Supreme Court and Antitrust

Fall 2012: Competition Law Intersections

Spring 2013: Heterodox Law and Economics

Fall 2013: EU Competition Policy and Law

Spring 2014: Economic Analysis of Law

Fall 2014: Regulating for Competition

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One comment on “Competition Law Courses at EUI

  1. Karin Floistad says:

    The role of the consumer in EU competition law;

    As long as the consumer has a reasonable portion of the economic gain of the anticompetitive behavior it may be declared legal under Article 101 (3)

    Do away with consumer law, if not examples where it is needed:

    Even though competition law has as its aim the protection of consumers this protection is limited to consumers gain for market efficiency. This is not covering all the aims which consumer law in general is trying to meet. Thus, we cannot rely solely on competition law. The protection against product which can cause danger to health and security is not covered by competition law.

    Analytical framework which is duplicated in the other field;

    The horizontal framework in competition law is duplicated in consumer law. The problem is harmonization, total harmonization in consumer law would decrease protection in certain countries. In competition law this is not a problem.

    Remedies and enforcement;

    Competition law can be enforced by the responsible public body or by private parties. This is also true for consumer law. A problem with private enforcement in consumer law is the cost and potential liability. The possibility to use administrative bodies means reducing the barrier given the ofte low costs of making complaints to a public body.

    Consumer law has anticompetitive effect;

    I believe many regulations have aims which ultimately also bring about an anticompetitive effect. This is a matter for striking the right balance between legitimate but nevertheless irreconcilable aims. There may be as argued in the article that the different bodies of law rely on different economic theories and it varies which one is the dominant position. To the extent that consumer law regulation is based on an economic tradition no longer commonly shared it seems the two areas of law should be coordinated so as to rely on the same basic economic understanding.

    The role of the consumer in EU competition law;

    As long as the consumer has a reasonable portion of the economic gain of the anticompetitive behavior it may be declared legal under Article 101 (3)

    Do away with consumer law, if not examples where it is needed:

    Even though competition law has as its aim the protection of consumers this protection is limited to consumers gain for market efficiency. This is not covering all the aims which consumer law in general is trying to meet. Thus, we cannot rely solely on competition law. The protection against product which can cause danger to health and security is not covered by competition law.

    Analytical framework which is duplicated in the other field;

    The horizontal framework in competition law is duplicated in consumer law. The problem is harmonization, total harmonization in consumer law would decrease protection in certain countries. In competition law this is not a problem.

    Remedies and enforcement;

    Competition law can be enforced by the responsible public body or by private parties. This is also true for consumer law. A problem with private enforcement in consumer law is the cost and potential liability. The possibility to use administrative bodies means reducing the barrier given the ofte low costs of making complaints to a public body.

    Consumer law has anticompetitive effect;

    I believe many regulations have aims which ultimately also bring about an anticompetitive effect. This is a matter for striking the right balance between legitimate but nevertheless irreconcilable aims. There may be as argued in the article that the different bodies of law rely on different economic theories and it varies which one is the dominant position. To the extent that consumer law regulation is based on an economic tradition no longer commonly shared it seems the two areas of law should be coordinated so as to rely on the same basic economic understanding.

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