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Course one: EU and Indian Competition Law

Course one of our Comparative Competition Law Summer School is a five day intensive masterclass on EU and Indian competition law, including practical workshops and course evaluation.

With a view to place Indian competition law in its international context, this course provides an in-depth examination of EU and international competition law and its influences on India, as well as existing competition law trends in India and other Asian economies. 

The Indian Competition Act 2002, implemented in stages since 2009, significantly updates India's competition law which was considered lacking previously. Modelled largely on laws prevailing in the European Union and influenced by similar regulation in the US, the Indian competition laws borrow many concepts from foreign jurisdictions.

Now, over seven years on from full implementation, India's competition authority - the Competition Commission of India - has issued significant rulings but challenges remain.

The course will explore:

  • The key legal, economic and policy foundations of competition law
  • The role of economics in competition law
  • The treatment under EU competition of agreements, commercial practices and mergers, and their impact on international transactions
  • The intersection between IP and competition law
  • The application of competition law to activities by the state, including EU state aid law
  • Issues for competition law risk management including dawn raids, criminalisation and leniency
  • The relationship between competition law and sector regulation, and the application of competition law in specific industry sectors (e.g. communications, energy, financial services, healthcare, transport)
  • India's competition law: evolution, practice and challenges
  • The growth of competition law in Asia, including recent developments in the ASEAN countries, China and Hong Kong

Key benefits you will gain from this course:

  • Insights from the EU, Indian and international experience in this fast-moving and high profile area
  • Interactive case studies and workshops
  • Experience and presentation from a leading practitioner and author in the field, Suzanne Rab, who has advised on some of the largest competition law deals internationally, and is author of leading texts on competition law. Suzanne is the author of 'Indian Competition Law, an International Perspective' (first published by Wolters Kluwer, May 2012, with a supplement of cartel regulation published in January 2013). The book is the first of its kind to contain international comparative analysis of the Competition Act 2002, and was published contemporaneously with the coming into force of Indian competition law and merger control
  • Certificate of Completion upon satisfactory completion of the course and a pass on the course test
  • Opportunity to combine the course with course two (Comparative Media Ownership Regulation) and course three (Hong Kong Competition Law)
Duration: Five days plus half day exam. Induction will take place on 17 June 2018

The course timetable

Induction: 17 June


Timing Session 
3pm - 5pm  TBC 

Day one: 18 June

Timing  Session 
9am - 9.30am  Welcome and introduction to the course, with welcome from Professor Arad Reisberg 
9.30am - 11am  Introduction to competition law: Basic concepts 
11am - 11.30am  Break 
11.30am - 1pm  Introduction to the EU legal framework and institutions 
1pm - 2pm  Lunch 
2pm - 3.30pm  Market definition 
3.30pm - 4pm  Break 
4pm - 5pm  Restrictive agreements and cartels 

Day two: 19 June


Timing  Session 
9am - 10am  Abuse of market power 
10am - 11.30am  Workshop on agreements and abuse of market power 
11.30am - 12pm  Break 
12pm - 1pm  Introduction to merger control regimes worldwide 
1pm - 2pm  Lunch 
2pm - 3.30pm  EU merger control 
3.30pm - 4pm  Break 
4pm - 5pm  Workshop on merger control 

Day three: 20 June


Timing  Session 
9am - 10am  Sector and market investigations 
10am - 11.30am  Sector specific application of competition law 
11.30am - 12pm  Break 
12pm - 1pm  State aid 
1pm onwards  Lunch and free time/travel to London 
6pm - 7.30pm followed by networking Media ownership and control: Merger control and media plurality
Participants in course one will be able to attend session three of course two, which will take place at a leading Chambers in Lincoln's Inn, London

Day four: 21 June


Timing  Session 
9am - 10am  Competition law and IP 
10am - 11.30am  Workshop on competition law and IP 
11.30am - 12pm  Break 
12pm - 1pm  Private enforcement in competition cases 
1pm - 2pm  Lunch 
2pm - 3.30pm  Competition law risk management 
3.30pm - 4pm  Break 
4pm - 5pm  Workshop on competition law risk management 

Day five: 22 June


Timing  Session 
9am - 10am  Asian competition law in an international context 
10am - 11.30am  Indian competition law: Part one 
11.30am - 12pm  Break 
12pm - 1pm  Indian competition law: Part two 
1pm - 2pm  Lunch 
2pm - 3pm  Competition law compliance 
3pm - 3.30pm  Break 
3.30pm - 5pm  Workshop on Indian competition law
Concluding remarks 
7.30pm arrival for 8pm start Week one course dinner
All participants in courses one and two will be able to attend the week one course dinner 

Day six: 25 June

Timing  Session 
9am - 11am  Course test 
11am onwards  Free time
Travel to London for those participating in lunch and the walking tour at Middle Temple
1pm - 4pm  Lunch in Middle Temple followed by the walking tour 
Course test

Candidates will sit a two hour exam which, if passed, will gain the student a Certificate of Completion of course one. 

The exam consists of one short essay question out of a choice of five options [60 marks] and 20 multiple choice questions [40 marks].

The Certificate of Completion will be awarded on achieving 60 marks or more.