LLM Programme

The taught modules offered on the LLM programme vary from year to year. Please check the full list of taught modules list for details of modules running in specific academic years. We make every effort to ensure that every module will be offered, but modules are subject to change and cancellation. You are therefore advised to check this site regularly for further updates throughout the year preceding entry to the LLM programme.

Credit value: 15 credits (6 ECTS)
Module Convenor:
Dr. Ioannis Lianos
Other Teachers:
Dr. Frederic Jenny (visiting professor)
Dr. Abel Mateus (senior research fellow)
Intercollegiate teaching: No
Teaching Method: 10 x two-hour seminars
Who may enrol: LLM students, SIL students, Other UCL Masters students
Prerequisites: None
Barred module combinations: None
Core module for specialism: Comparative Law, Competition Law, Law and Economics
Practice Assessment: to be confirmed
Assessment method for Masters students: 2-hour unseen written examination
Assessment method for SIL students: 3,000 word coursework essay
Module Overview

Module summary

The module will examine the role and place of competition law and policy in a global economy, the different regimes of competition law (with examples from developed and developing countries), the interaction between trade and competition and the process of internationalisation of competition law and policy.

Module syllabus

Topics examined

Part I: Substantive principles

Topic 1: International Cartels
Topic 2:Global trends: criminalization of competition law enforcement
Topic 3: Exclusionary anti-competitive practices affecting market access (Microsoft case study)
Topic 4: International mergers & the interaction between Competition law and Industrial Policy/Public Policy in an International Context
Topic 5: State anticompetitive practices in a comparative perspective

Part II: Resolving conflicts between competition law systems

Topic 6: Extraterritorial application of competition law
Topic 7: Limits to national competition law enforcement: Conduct affecting exports or foreign commerce, foreign governmental involvement
Topic 8: International approaches: Trade, Development and Competition
Topic 9: Multi-jurisdictional enforcement of competition law: comparative perspectives
(international litigation in competition law: applicable law, jurisdiction, evidence, execution and recognition of judgments, interaction between public and private remedies)
Topic 10: Private litigation tactics in a multi-jurisdictional setting. International arbitration of competition law disputes

Recommended materials

E. Fox and D. Crane, Global issues in Antitrust and Competition Law (West, 2010)

Preliminary reading

T. Freyer, Antitrust and Global Capitalism: 1930-2004 (Cambridge University Press, 2006)
D. Gerber, Global Competition: Law, Markets and Globalization (Oxford University Press, 2010)

Other information: N/A

Prizes for this module:

Valentine Korah prize
Jevons Institute prize


The application process for the 2015-16 academic session is now open.

Please note, for the 2015-16 intake, we are not accepting the TOEFL test. If you have an English condition to meet, you must take one of the alternative tests listed here instead.