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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 will draw on experiences from established and emerging competition regimes, with a focus on India and Hong Kong which have recently adopted competition law. The impacts will be explored across the economy and within certain sectors that have attracted regulatory scrutiny. 

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.

The aims of the Summer School are to:

  • Provide an introduction to the EU competition law framework as a comparative benchmark for close examination of two emerging competition law jurisdictions which have been recently implemented: India (2009) and Hong Kong (2015)
  • Explore the relationship between sector regulation and competition law in sectors that have attracted antitrust interest
  • Explore the relationship between competition law and other non-economic policy goals using the lens of regulation of the media
  • Allow participants to test their knowledge and experience in practice through interactive workshops that put them 'in role' in genuine and challenging situations
  • Draw on insights and experiences of a multi-disciplinary team which straddles the core areas
  • Provide an opportunity for cultural exchange in an environment where participants from the UK and overseas are able to share learnings and best practices

This course will be of particular interest to:

  • Postgraduate law students: LLM students or graduates with a dual interest in EU and Indian/Hong Kong competition law, and media and sector regulation
  • Practitioners: Lawyers in private practice in Asia and Europe focusing on domestic and/or international competition law and economic regulation
  • In-house: In-house lawyers and compliance officers in Asian businesses with 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

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

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

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 will be given a Certificate of Completion.

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  Induction/cultural immersion  Academic programme Course test 

Course one: EU and Indian Competition Law

17 June (3pm - 5pm)  18-22 June: day school (9am - 5pm) 25 June: course test (9am - 11am) 
Course two: Comparative Media Ownership Regulation  17 June (3pm - 5pm) 

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

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

24 June: submission of marked essay (deadline: midnight)
Course three: Hong Kong Competition Law  25 June (9am - 11am)*  26-29 June: day school (9am - 5pm)  30 June: course test (11am - 1pm) 

*Unless participants have already arrived and have attended the introduction/cultural immersion for courses one and/or two on 17 June