The University of New South Wales

go to UNSW home page

Handbook Home

Global Issues in Competition Policy - JURD7603
 Esma's Cafe

Faculty: Faculty of Law
School:  School of Law
Course Outline: See below
Campus: Kensington Campus
Career: Postgraduate
Units of Credit: 6
EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)
Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 2
Enrolment Requirements:
Prerequisite: Academic Program must be either 9200, 9210, 5740 or 9230
Excluded: LAWS8203
Fee Band:   (more info)
Further Information: See Class Timetable


This course provides a comparative overview of the principles underlying competition regulation in Australia, the United States, Europe and New Zealand. The lecturers do not assume students have had any previous exposure to competition law in any of these jurisdictions or to the study of economics. The course looks at the meaning of competition; the rights and obligations of actual or would be competitors; the role that competition law is generally expected to play in society and the nature of markets and markey power. All these issues are examined in a global context since businesses of all sizes are increasingly operating across borders and may be forced to modify their conduct and tailor their marketing and distribution systems to fit quite different competition regimes. The course does not cover consumer protection, price control provisions or industry specific regulations developed for the electricity, telecommunications or other industries.

LLM Specialisations

Corporate and Commercial Law; Corporate, Commercial and Taxation Law; Media, Communications and Information Technology Law; International Business and Economic Law.

Recommended Prior Knowledge


Course Objectives

At the end of this course you should be able to:
  • Adjust quickly and confidently to the needs of law firms with multinational competition practices
  • Act as a first stop source of advice in your own jurisdiction for clients whose activities span more than one jurisdiction
  • Formulate legal and economic arguments in legal proceedings with a transnational dimension
  • Engage with expert economists from other jurisdictions who are called as witnesses in Australian competition cases
  • Understand the legal and economic choices facing law makers, judges and regulators in different jurisdictions
  • Engage with similarities and differences across jurisdictions in the treatment of common anti-competitve practices

Main Topics

  • The difference between rules of reason and per se rules in competition analysis and the rational for their adoption or rejection in different jurisdictions
  • Convergence and divergence in the treatment of the pivotal concepts of market definition; market power; structural and behavioural barriers to entry
  • The importance and interaction of competition, efficiency and consumer welfare
  • Differing approaches to the concept of misuse of market power, in particular the course examines:
                -  refusals to deal with or license would be competitors
                -  predatory pricing
                -  tying or bundling products or services

  • The ways in which various commercial practices based on exploitation of intellectual property rights may impact differently on competition regimes in different jurisdictions.


Workshop participation Preparation and engagement in class 30%
Exam Take home exam 70%

Course Texts

Refer to Course Outline provided by lecturer at the beginning of session.

Refer to Course Outline provided by lecturer at the beginning of session.

URL for this page:

© The University of New South Wales (CRICOS Provider No.: 00098G), 2004-2011. The information contained in this Handbook is indicative only. While every effort is made to keep this information up-to-date, the University reserves the right to discontinue or vary arrangements, programs and courses at any time without notice and at its discretion. While the University will try to avoid or minimise any inconvenience, changes may also be made to programs, courses and staff after enrolment. The University may also set limits on the number of students in a course.