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European union competition law


This course deals with the general and specific issues surrounding EU Competition rules and the enforcement of those rules. The course aims to be a comprehensive study of the basic provisions of EU Competition Law specifically articles 101 and 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and Regulation 129 2014 which deals with merger control. The course provides an economic and market context in which these provisions are applied especially in relation to business phenomena.

Module A: Anti-competitive agreements and collusion


  • Article 101 TFEU - General principles
  • Vertical agreements
  • Licensing of intellectual property rights
  • Cartels
  • Horizontal co-operation agreements

Module B: Abuse of a dominant position


  • Article 102 TFEU - General principles
  • Dominance
  • Abuse

Module C: Merger control


  • Regulation 139/2004 - General principles and jurisdiction
  • Regulation 139/2004 - Substantive analysis
  • Joint ventures

Module D: European Union competition law practice and procedure


  • Regulation 1/2003
  • Enforcement of Articles 101 and 102 in national courts


Each module is assessed by a 45-minute unseen written exam.


It is strongly recommended that you attempt Module A first.

How to apply

You can apply to study a module individually as a standalone unit or as part of a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Master of Laws qualification. (In either scenario, they must be studied in order.)

These modules also contribute towards the following specialist pathways for Laws:

  • Commercial and Corporate Law
  • Competition Law
  • Economic Regulation
  • European Law
  • Public Law

Apply via Postgraduate Laws.

Study Material

Academic Co-ordinator

professor Eyad Maher Dabbah

Professor Eyad Maher Dabbah

Eyad Maher Dabbah holds a chair in competition law and policy. He joined Queen Mary University of London in October 2001. Prior to that he was a lecturer in law at King's College, University of London where he taught EU competition law on the LLM programme and EU law, property law, trusts law and business tenancies on the LLB programme.

Eyad Maher specialises in the field of antitrust and competition. He has published widely in this field and is the author of several books dealing with national, regional and global competition law and policy. He acts as special counsel and consultant to several governments, international organisations and business firms.