10 ECTS Credits
Autumn (Exam each semester)
Bergen Law Faculty
Mål og innhald
The aim of this course is to introduce students to EU/EEA Competition law. By the end of the course, students should have thorough knowledge of material EU/EEA competition rules and of the interaction between EU and national level for monitoring and surveillance concerning provisions on contra-competitive activities, merger control and abuse of dominant market positions. In addition, students will have knowledge on provisions regulating surveillance and monitoring of competition activities, that is procedures and intervening measures taken by E Commission ("DG Comp") national competition authorities will be achieved. This includes also provisions and procedures for sanctions and remedies both of a private and of a penal nature (prohibitions, penalties and fines, invalid private arrangements, rules on economical liability for infringements).
Competition law addresses law on commercial activities by market transactions which may affect competition within the relevant market as well as measures taken in relation in between market competitors. Competition law has both private law and public law aspects, generally with a strong impact of public surveillance and monitoring regulated by statutes or secondary regulations on EU level as well as on national level.
Competition law regime adopts first of all a legal framework for a market ideology based on the idea that undertakings should compete under common and equal framework conditions, both in the cross border and domestic trade. The idea is that free competition, based on common rules, will enable more effective exploitation of social resources. In a European dimension rules on free competitive cross border trade has a strong link to other inner market rules and principles, such as ban on discrimination on national basis, rules securing the right of free establishment within the EU area and provisions prohibiting trade restrictions and thus enabling the "four free movements" principles for goods, services, persons and capital.
The central subjects in this course are 1) the prohibition on agreements, decisions by associations of undertakings and concerted practices that are restrictive of competition, cf. EC Article 81, 2) the prohibition on abuse by any undertakings having a dominant position in the relevant market, cf. EC Article 82, 3) the rules on merger control, and 4) procedural rules, enforcement and sanctions. Competition law issues are also closely related to other issues that will not be dealt with in this course, such as state aid measures, public procurement law, marketing act and intellectual property rights.
For exam purpose the requirement is thorough knowledge of material EU competition rules and on the interaction between EU and national level for monitoring and surveillance concerning provisions on contra-competitive activities, merger control, abuse of dominant market positions and state aid. In addition is required thorough knowledge on provisions regulating surveillance and monitoring of competition activities, that is procedures and intervening measures taken by E Commission ("DG Comp") national competition authorities. This includes also provisions and procedures for sanctions and remedies both of a private and of a penal nature (prohibitions, penalties and fines, invalid private arrangements, rules on economical liability for infringements).
Krav til forkunnskapar
Three years of university studies.
Three years of law studies.
Combined with JUS326, JUS328, JUS356 and/or JUS258-2-A this course will generate no new credits.
Krav til studierett
The course is available for the following students:
- Admitted to the integrated master programme in law
- Admitted to the two-year master programme in law
- Granted admission to elective courses at the Faculty of Law
- Granted additional right to study following completed master degree in law at UiB
- Exchange students at the Faculty of Law
The pre-requirements may still limit certain students¿ access to the course
Arbeids- og undervisningsformer
Lectures and seminars.
Exam autumn and spring.
Four hour digital school exam.
Information about digital examination can be found here:
A - E for passed, F for failed.
- Question paper: English
- Answer paper: English
Hjelpemiddel til eksamen
Open book. Please note the rules concerning source citation
A - E for passed, F for failed.
According to administrative arrangements for evaluating courses at the Law Faculty.
Associate Professor Ronny Gjendemsjø.
Course teacher: Associate Professor Ronny Gjendemsjø
Administrative contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Klokkeslett for oppstart av skriftlig eksamen kan endre seg fra kl 09.00 til 15.00 eller vice versa inntil 14 dager før eksamen.
- 12.12.2022, 09:00
- 4 timer
- Digital eksamen