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Jevons Institute for Competition Law and Economics

Jevons Institute for Competition Law and Economics

Practitioner Courses

The Jevons Institute has opened the following course to practitioners. For more information about how to apply for stand-alone courses see our Continuing Legal Education Section:
  • Competition Law & Intellectual Property Rights: The Regulation of Innovation (LLM)
    The course illustrates the connections among innovation policy, competition law and intellectual property (IP) rights and shows the ways in which the law can work as a key instrument of innovation policy. The subjects covered include: the economics of innovation policy; competition law and monopolistic practices involving IP rights; vertical integration and related licensing practices by IP holders; horizontal restraints involving IP rights licensing; mechanisms integrating competition policy concerns within IP law (e.g. the patent misuse doctrine, compulsory licensing); the development of international standards for the IP/Antitrust interface (WTO); the interaction between competition law and IP rights in specific sectors such as pharmaceuticals, biotechnology or software.

  • Competition Law & the State in Europe
    The course will examine the EC competition law provisions that apply to State anticompetitive practices. In particular, the course will focus on the State aids control in the European Union and on the application of EC competition law to public undertakings and undertakings operating services of general economic interest.

  • EC Competition Law (LLM)
    The aim of the course is to study the EC competition rules and practice The course analyses the fundamental provisions of EC competition law, in particular Articles 81 and 82 of the EC Treaty and the EC Merger Regulation. It is focused on the existing case law, but it will also pay close attention to how that case law is evolving. The course covers vertical and horizontal agreements, abuses of market power, merger control policy and practice.

  • European Competition Laws: Enforcement & Comparative Issues
    The aim of the course is to examine the emergence of a European competition system interlinking EC competition law and the competition laws of the different Member States of the European Union focusing on the enforcement of competition law at the European Union and national level and on the competition law regimes of selected EU Member States (e.g. UK, France, Germany).

  • International & Comparative Competition Law & Policy
    The course will examine the role and place of competition law and policy in a global economy, the different regimes of competition law (developed and developing countries), the interaction between trade and competition and the process of internationalisation of competition law and policy

  • Role of Economics in Competition Law and Practice (LLM)
    The objective of this course, organised by the Jevons Institute for Competition Law and Economics at UCL, is to introduce the economic theories that underlie competition law and the methods that are used to assess whether business practices are nefarious, benign, or healthy. Economic methods that are used to assess competition issues by competition regulators will be particularly emphasized. The first third of the course provides a basic introduction to the economics of markets. The second two-thirds of the course examine cartels, vertical restraints, unilateral effects, mergers, state aids, and advanced topics such as two-sided markets, antitrust and intellectual property, and antitrust in dynamic industries.

  • The Law and Economics of Regulated Industries, Networks and Markets (LLM)
    The aim of this course is to teach the student both the law and the techniques for economic analysis of the most advanced forms of regulation in use across the world today. This will comprise both background teaching on the range of regulatory approaches and institutions available, and also case studies on the successes and failings of these approaches in their application within various jurisdictions (primarily US and Europe). In addition, the student will select an industry and jurisdiction of her/his own choice (e.g. UK wavelength auctions or EU regulation of GMOs) and undertake supervised study on the regulation of that industry, which will result in a class presentation on the topic. The overall objective is that the student be informed generally on the range of approaches used within the regulated industries (their strengths and weaknesses), while learning specifically how to apply one of these approaches within a chosen context.

  • US Antitrust law and EC Competition Law: a comparative perspective (LLM)
    The course is divided into modules covering important areas of competition/antitrust law (market definition; dominance/abuse; merger assessment; agreements between competitors; agreements with suppliers and customers; intellectual property; state action; international jurisdiction). Each module contrasts materials covering the approach under US antitrust law with the approach used under EC competition law. The differences in approach between the two systems are examined in order to understand both the substantive rules and the underlying policies. Students who have previously studied antitrust law or competition law may find that the comparative law approach provides different insights into the way that the two systems function.

  • Competition, IP and Contractual Issues in the Media Industry: Law and Practice (CPD course)
    The media industry is fast-moving and undergoing a process of development during the digital age. The objective of this course is to introduce the key features of the media industry and the significant issues arising from the application of competition and IP laws, as well as explaining the typical contractual structures in the industry. In particular, the course will cover:
    • relevant market definitions in the media industry;
    • analysis of recent case-law on anti-competitive agreements, abuse of market power, horizontal and vertical mergers;
    • digital rights management; and
    • key contractual points relating to production, rights acquisitions, licensing and distribution agreements.