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Course three: Hong Kong Competition Law

This course is a five day intensive masterclass on Hong Kong's competition law, including practical workshops and course evaluation.

The Hong Kong Competition Ordinance 2012, which fully entered into force on 14 December 2015, has implemented a new comprehensive competition law in Hong Kong. This is the first time that an economy-wide competition law has been adopted in Hong Kong, in contrast to the previous regime that regulated solely the telecommunications and broadcasting sectors.

With a view to place Hong Kong's competition law in its international context, this course provides a comparative insight into international competition law and its influences on Hong Kong's competition law, as well as existing competition law trends in Hong Kong and other Asian economies.

This course will explore:

  • The policy background to development and enactment of competition law in Hong Kong, including the growth of competition law in the ASEAN countries, China and Hong Kong
  • The basic provisions of the Competition Ordinance including: the First Conduct Rule; the Second Conduct Rule; the Merger Rule and the Telecommunications Rule
  • The procedural and enforcement framework including complaints, leniency and appeals
  • The significance of the Competition Ordinance for key sectors of the Hong Kong economy including: broadcasting and telecommunications; construction; energy; financial services; retail; transportation

Key benefits you will gain from this course:

  • Insights from the Hong Kong, Asian and international experience in this fast-moving and high profile area
  • Interactive case studies
  • Experience and presentation from a leading practitioner and author in the field, Suzanne Rab, who has advised on some of the largest competition matters internationally and is author of leading texts on competition law and regulation, including 'Hong Kong Competition Law' (Hart/Bloomsbury, 2016)
  • Certificate of Completion on satisfactory completion of the course test
  • Opportunity to combine the course with course one (EU and Indian Competition Law) and course two (Comparative Media Ownership Regulation)
Duration: Five says with an additional half day exam. Induction will take place on 25 June 2018 for those participants not already enrolled in the Summer School on course one and/or two

The course timetable

Induction: 25 June

Timing  Session 
9am - 11am  Induction for those who have not arrived for course one and/or two, and who have already completed induction on 17 June
Course test for those participating in course one
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 walking tour 

Day one: 26 June


Timing  Session 
9am - 9.30am  Welcome and introduction to the course, with welcome from Professor Arad Reisberg 
9.30am - 11am  Introduction to Hong Kong competition law: Regulatory context, background and development 
11am - 11.30am  Break 
11.30am - 1pm  Introduction to the legal framework and procedure 
1pm - 2pm  Lunch 
2pm - 3.30pm  Competition Law Fundamental Concepts
1. Undetakings and market definition 
3.30pm - 4pm  Break 
4pm - 5pm  Competition Law Fundamental Concepts
2. Economic analysis in competition law cases 

Day two: 27 June


Timing  Session 
9am - 10am  First Conduct Rule: Part 1 
10am - 11.30am  First Conduct Rule: Part 2 
11.30am - 12pm  Break 
12pm - 1pm  Second Conduct Rule: Part 1 
1pm - 2pm  Lunch 
2pm - 3.30pm  Second Conduct Rule: Part 2 
3.30pm - 4pm  Break 
4pm - 5pm  The Telco Rule 

Day three: 28 June


Timing  Session 
9am - 10am  Merger Rule: Part 1 
10am - 11.30am  Merger Rule: Part 2 
11.30am - 12pm  Break 
12pm - 1pm  Workshop: Competition law case study 
1pm - 2pm  Lunch 
2pm - 3.30pm  Hong Kong competition law in an international context: Comparisons from China, Japan and South Korea 
3.30pm - 4pm  Break 
4pm - 5pm  Sector-specific application: Broadcasting and telecoms 

Day four: 29 June


Timing  Session 
9am - 10am  Sector-specific application: Construction 
10am - 11.30am  Sector-specific application: Energy 
11.30am - 12pm  Break 
12pm - 1pm  Sector-specific application: Financial services 
1pm - 2pm  Lunch 
2pm - 3pm  Sector-specific application: Retail 
3pm - 3.30pm  Break 
3.30pm - 5pm  Sector-specific application: Transport
Concluding remarks 
7.30pm arrival for 8pm start  Week two course dinner 

Day five: 30 June


Timing  Session 
9am - 11am  Revision 
11am - 1pm  Course test 
1pm  End of course 

Course test

30 June, 11am - 1pm.

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

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.