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International merger control


This course is rather unique as it deals with a particular business phenomenon: mergers between firms. As many markets have become global, the operations of many companies have correspondingly become global too. However, this is coupled with the fact that an increasing number of countries have been introducing competition law and policy which include having a provision for dealing with merger operations between firms. This is a highly practical course, oriented more by practice and less by policy – a true reflection of this area of law.

Module A: Introduction to merger control


  • Concepts and ideas
  • Economic analysis and market definition
  • The regulation of merger operations
  • Multinational enterprises and their concerns.

Module B: Merger control regimes 1


  • European Union merger control
  • European Economic Area merger control
  • United States merger control.

Module C: Merger control regimes 2


  • United Kingdom merger control
  • Merger control in Germany.

Module D: Unilateral, bilateral and multilateral merger control strategies


  • Unilateral strategy: the doctrine of extraterritoriality
  • Bilateral strategy
  • Multilateral strategy
  • International organisations and bodies.


Each module will be assessed by a 45-minute unseen written examination.


It is strongly recommended you complete 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
  • Corporate and Securities Law
  • Economic Regulation
  • International Business Law
  • Public Law

Apply via Postgraduate Laws

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.