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Competition Law - LAWS3022
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Faculty: Faculty of Law
School:  Faculty of Law
Course Outline: See below
Campus: Kensington Campus
Career: Undergraduate
Units of Credit: 6
EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)
Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 3
Enrolment Requirements:
Prerequisite: LAWS1001 and LAWS1011 and Corequisite: LAWS2311; Prerequisite: JURD7101 and JURD7111 and Corequisite: JURD7211
Excluded: JURD7522
CSS Contribution Charge:Band 3 (more info)
Further Information: See Class Timetable


It is an introduction to competition law. It examines Part IV of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (CCA) (formerly the Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cth)), and the parallel state provisions of the Competition Code (which apply by agreement between the States where there is no Constitutional coverage).

Recommended Prior Knowledge

A prior knowledge of economics or commerce is not essential for this course.

Course Objectives

The objectives of the course are to acquaint students with the rationale for competition law, and give them an understanding of key statutory provisions and case law to provide practical understanding of competition law and policy.

Main Topics

Some of the areas the course will cover include:
  • History and objectives of Part IV CCA, including current proposals for amendment
  • Economic foundations including concepts of market, market power and competition
  • Anti-competitive agreements, including price fixing, exclusionary provisions and provisions relating to joint ventures
  • Criminal Cartels
  • Mergers
  • Enforcement by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and remedies available to private litigants


Optional class participation 10% (optional)
Compulsory mid-session examination 50% (45% if class participation also chosen)
Compulsory final examination 50% (45% if class participation also chosen)

Course Texts


  • Clarke and Corones, Competition Law and Policy, Cases and Materials, Oxford University Press, 3rd Edition 2011 ("C & C")
  • Competition and Consumer Act 2010. This legislation is published by CCH, and in annotated versions by Law Book Company (Steinwall) or Butterworths (Miller).

A list of further recommended readings is available to UNSW Law students in the full course outline.

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