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Brunel Comparative Competition Law Summer School

With over 100 countries now having competition laws and many more in the pipeline, academic, policy-making and business interest in anti-trust enforcing shows no sign of relenting.

Many newer regimes are drawing inspiration from more established enforcement regimes including the EU and the UK, but each with their own specific features and legal risks.

The Summer School offers a comprehensive immersion into international competition law starting with EU and UK competition law and drawing on newer competition regimes which have recently adopted competition law, with a focus on emerging competition law in Asia and case studies from India and Hong Kong, among others.  The impacts will be explored in and across the economy and within certain sectors that have attracted regulatory scrutiny.  New in 2019, as part of the Summer School we are pleased to offer our practical skills course for competition dispute resolution combining interviewing, advocacy and alternative dispute resolution,
including mediation.

Our Summer School is led by a practitioner who practices extensively in this area and has advised on the design and implementation of new and developing regulatory regimes in the UK and internationally. She is supported by our faculty experts. Many of our experts have experience across the disciplines of law, economics and policy which facilitates our integrated and synergistic approach.

This course will be of particular interest to: 

  • Postgraduate law students: LLM students or graduates with an interest in EU, UK and international competition law
  • Practitioners: Lawyers in private practice in the UK, EU and Asia focusing on domestic and, actually or potentially, international competition law.  Lawyers, case officers and economists at competition and regulatory authorities internationally.  Any non-competition lawyers seeking an understanding of EU, UK and international competition law in-depth and in an intense environment
  • In-house: In-house lawyers and compliance officers in businesses with UK, European and international operations, seeking a greater understanding of competition law
  • Academics: Academics with a dual interest in EU and emerging markets competition law, and media and sector regulation
  • Policy and government: Policy-makers, lawyers, case officers and economists in government departments, and competition and regulatory authorities internationally
  • Any of the above individuals with an interest in the interface between competition law and media regulation
  • Any of the above individuals seeking to deepen their foundational knowledge of competition law (whether gained on the Summer School or existing) with a ‘deep dive’ into India and Hong Kong competition law

Special features

  • A full learning and cultural experience through a combination of classroom sessions, cultural immersion, social activities and interaction (including course dinners, and dining, tour and seminar at the Inns of Court)
  • Opportunity to interact and share insights with peers from the UK, EU and international legal and economics community across the public and private sector
  • Beyond text-book learning, you will apply your learning in real-life scenarios under the guidance of a practitioner barrister with over 20 years of experience in UK, EU and international competition law and economic regulation
  • Participants will gain and develop practical skills for dispute resolution in competition cases through skills-based training in the areas of interviewing, advocacy and alternative dispute resolution, including mediation

Teaching and learning

  • A combination of classroom learning and workshops, seminars and visits allows for participants to gain a maximum exposure to the subject areas in a format which appeals to different learning styles
  • Use of video and interactive media to bring to life case studies and drawings from the latest techniques in adult education
  • Course evaluation to record your satisfactory completion of the course
  • Participants will have an opportunity to test their knowledge and experience in practice through interactive workshops that put them 'in role' in genuine and challenging situations

Career prospects

The Summer School will be of benefit to participants at different points in their careers, including those assessing their options for future careers in the area of competition law and regulation, or those seeking a stronger intellectual and practical foundation for the application of these disciplines in their current work.

  • As competition law and economic regulation are increasingly adopted worldwide, participants considering opportunities in law, policy and economics will benefit from the comparative and specialist experience and immersion
  • Those with a policy focus will benefit from the insights into both established and newer regimes
  • Many of the emerging regimes contain substantive and procedural features which are inspired by EU law, and where an understanding of this regime continues to be valued internationally. The UK has been at the vanguard of developing a world class competition regime and centre of excellence in these areas, and is expected to remain so in the coming years
  • This is an area where a strong academic foundation and practical experience of law and economics in specific sectors is important. The Summer School provides an environment which combines these elements
  • This area is often not covered in-depth on undergraduate courses, and participants taking the course may find it useful to attend the Summer School to test their interest in further in-depth study


Certificate of Completion award

All participants that complete their elected course and pass their assignment will be given a Certificate of Completion. The certificate will be awarded on achieving 60 marks or more and 90% attendance.

Summer School programme

Participants have the opportunity to take part in a combination of any one or all of the following learning events taking place over the Summer School fortnight:

Summer School programme

Course one: EU and Indian Competition Law

Induction/cultural immersion 

17 June (3pm - 5pm) 

Academic programme

18-22 June: day school (9am - 5pm)

Course test 

25 June: course test (9am - 11am) 

Course two: Comparative Media Ownership Regulation 

Induction/cultural immersion 

17 June (3pm - 5pm) 

Academic programme

18-22 June: five evening lectures (6pm - 7.30pm) 

23 June: day school (9am - 5pm)

Course test 

24 June: submission of marked essay (deadline: midnight)

Course three: Hong Kong Competition Law 

Induction/cultural immersion 

25 June (9am - 11am)* 

Academic programme

26-29 June: day school (9am - 5pm) 

Course test 

30 June: course test (11am - 1pm) 

Summer School programme


Induction/cultural immersion 

Academic programme

Course test 

Course one: EU and Indian Competition Law

16 June (4pm - 5pm) 

17-21 June: day school (9.30am - 5.30pm)

Electronic submission by 7 July (midnight) 

Course two: Practical Skills for Competition Dispute Resolution


22-23 June: day school  (9.30am - 5.30pm)


Electronic submission by 7 July (midnight) 

Course three: International Competition Law

23 June (4pm-5pm)*

24-28 June: day school (9.30am-5.30pm)

Electronic submission by 12 July (midnight)

Course four: Comparative Media Ownership Regulation

23 June (4pm-5pm)*

24-28 June: (6pm-7pm)

29 June: (9.30-4pm)

Electronic submission by 12 July (midnight)

 *Unless participants have already arrived and have attended the introduction/cultural immersion for course one on 16 June.


Past participants of Brunel Comparative Competition Law Summer School praises the programme on many aspects including its rich content, interaction and strong delivery. 

"This course was excellent as to its coverage, structure and delivery. Positives: breadth of knowledge, passion and ability to communicate of the tutor, right balance between big picture and detail, strong focus on interactive workshops ... international perspective" - Lorenzo

"Rich in content, interactive and highly interesting" - Sara

"Thorough, engaging, practical course which helps to equip you well for practice ... Suzanne delivers the course with passion, energy, huge experience, humour, charm and a great deal of interaction." - Jonathan 

"It was great to work together in small groups and was really useful to put into practice what we had learnt" - Jamie

"Every aspect of it was interesting and engaging" - Richard

"It is a good opportunity to learn about competition law" - Arun


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I sign up to multiple courses?

Yes, the Summer School is a mix and match programme where participants can select 1 or a combination of courses to suit their requirements as well as offering the opportunity to take part in all courses.

 Past delegates have provided feedback that they benefited from taking part in the full Summer School, both from the perspective of the educational experience and comparative analysis. Taking part in the full Summer School can maximise your learning and cultural experience as the programme is designed to work holistically as an integrated programme. 

 For example, Course 4 runs in the evenings after Course 3 and on the Saturday following conclusion of Course 3.  It uses the media sector as a lens to explore the comparative assessment of EU and Asian competition law and regulation as well as other countries, in a sector specific context. Course 2 also provides a bridge between Course 1 and 3 through two days of practical application to a dispute resolution context which is transferable to all international competition regimes.

 Therefore, if you plan to attend Course 3, for example, you should also consider at least Course 4 and Course 2.  If you plan to attend Course 1, you may want to ‘bolt on’ Course 2 which runs seamlessly over the weekend at the conclusion of Course 1.

 For those travelling from outside the UK, there are clear efficiencies in taking a package of courses as well as the cost savings in the aggregate discounted pricing for the full Summer School.

What is covered in the course fees?

Fees for the course include: cultural immersion, tuition, Course Dinner on 29 June, lunches for all Day Schools and walking tours at the Inns of Court (Course 1, 3 and 4)*, and Court visits (Course 1, 3 and 4)*.  

 At no additional cost, all participants in the Summer School will be able to attend Session 3 of Course 4 and reception/networking event that will take place at Serle Court Chambers, in Lincoln’s Inn in London on 26 June (6:00 – 7:30pm). Participants must make their own travel arrangements to this session. However, Brunel University London will provide directions on how to travel to London using public transport should you require so.  

*Corresponding to the scheduled days for the relevant elected Course.

If I book more than one course, do I get the extra 10% early bird discount?

Yes, as long as you book your place before 31st March 2019.

What do I do if I require accommodation?

There are a number of secured discount rates with local hotels which are available to participants. Brunel University London is also happy to assist with inquiries regarding travel to the venue and accommodation near to campus for those participants requiring accommodation. 

 For more information on travel and accommodation, please email: Tasmin.Hallclottey@brunel.ac.uk.

What were the profiles of students who participated in previous summer school?  Were the majority of them from competition agencies or law firms?

Past delegates included representation from:

  • The public sector including Government departments and sector regulators
  • UK and International law firms
  • Academics (mostly PHD students)

The countries represented included:  UK, India, Colombia and more.

How many students do you normally have in a class?

The Summer School operates through a variety of plenary (full Summer School) and group sessions.

 All participants attend the plenary sessions grouped ‘cabaret style’ around tables of 4-6 participants. Experience has shown that this contributes to active participation and an interactive experience.

 Most individual sessions involve a practical exercise which is usually conducted in smaller groups (up to 6 participants) followed by feedback in plenary. Throughout the week we seek to mix up the groups to encourage knowledge share and enhance the learning and networking experience.

I am an International passport holder, do I need a Visa to attend the summer school?

It is more than likely that you will need a short term study visa. Please check the UK Visa and Immigration website as immigration regulations change frequently.

Will I receive a Visa support letter/invitation?

Yes. Once we have received payment in full, you will need to request a VISA invitation letter from Nikki.Elliott@brunel.ac.uk, you will be asked to provide your name as it appears on your passport, your passport number and your full address.

What pre-reading should I do in preparation for the summer school?

There is no expectation for any pre-reading however, there are multiple suggested resources that you can find by clicking the 'resources' button on this page.

In addition, there are suggested books for Course 3: Hong Kong Compettion Law by Conor Quigley and Suzanne Rab (Hbk: 9781509906420) and Course 4: Media Ownership and Control Law, Economics and Policy in an Indian and International Context by Suzanne Rab and Alison Sprague (Hbk: 9781849466356 / Pbk: 9781509913893). To order these books go to: www.hartpub.co.uk and receive a 20% discount by using the discount code CV7 at the checkout.

You may also find it very useful to subscribe to Professor Suzanne Rab's LinkedIn Competition Group where she posts short notes on international competition law developments: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/7489108/

For any other enquiries, please email Tasmin.Hall-clottey@brunel.ac.uk.