Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject is designed to provide students with a solid introduction to US antitrust and EU competition law, focusing on the differences and similarities between the two systems. Many similarities exist between the systems, given that the EU treaties that form the basis of EU competition law are largely inspired by the development of antitrust law in the United States. The differences dealt with include resale price maintenance, prohibition of parallel exports (EU), reverse settlement payments (a major issue in the pharmaceutical sector), predatory pricing, refusal to deal, and bundling. Procedural aspects are also covered, with analysis of the EU's system, which is largely agency driven compared with the system in the United States which depends primarily on private enforcement.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKeith Kendall

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Student enrolled in any LAW PG program or UG students requires approval from Program Director


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Develop an understanding of the main policy goals and limits of competition law

Class discussion, take home exam

02. Obtain knowledge and understanding of the condition of application of the central EU and US competition statutes and apply this knowledge to factual problems

Class discussion, take home exam

03. Understand the main procedural framework of application of EU and US competition laws

Class discussion, take home exam

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2016, Week 29-30, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKeith Kendall

Class requirements

Lecture/Workshop Week: 29 - 30
Five 7.0 hours lecture/workshop per day on weekdays during the day from week 29 to week 30 and delivered via blended.
"13 JULY - 19 JULY 2016"


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Class participation (1000 words equivalent)10 01, 02, 03
One take-home examination (4000 words)60 01, 02, 03
Individual Essay (2000 words)30 01, 02, 03