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International and comparative competition law

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Academic Direction
UCL, Queen Mary University of London
Modes of Study

This course deals with competition law and policy in the context of the globalised economy. It comes to give particular expression to the importance and role that competition law and policy now play in today’s world. So many countries around the world have come to adopt some form of competition law and policy domestically, both in developed and developing countries. This is something that makes competition law in this globalised context a highly interesting issue. The course contains both international and comparative elements from a variety of angles examining the major organisations in this area of law.

Module A: The internationalisation of competition policy


  • Globalisation and actors in the process of internationalisation
  • Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
  • World Trade Organisation (WTO)
  • United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
  • Multinational enterprises (MNEs)
  • International Competition Network (ICN)

Module B: Unilateral, bilateral and multilateral strategies


  • Extraterritoriality and principles of public international law
  • United States antitrust law
  • European Union competition law
  • Bilateral cooperation and agreements
  • Multilateral cooperation: A global competition regime?

Module C: The competition rules of developing and developed countries


  • United States antitrust law
  • European Union competition law
  • Competition rules in Germany
  • Japanese anti-monopoly law
  • Canadian competition law
  • Competition law and policy in developing countries: Asia, Africa and the Middle East

Module D: Competition and trade policy


  • Aims and objectives
  • Similarities and differences
  • World Trade Organization


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


It is strongly recommended 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
  • Common Law
  • Comparative and Foreign Law
  • Competition Law
  • Economic Regulation
  • International Business Law
  • Public Law

Apply via Postgraduate Laws.