Regulating Competition in the EU

Study Board of Law

Teaching language: English
EKA: B650004102
Censorship: Second examiner: None
Grading: 7-point grading scale
Offered in: Odense
Offered in: Autumn
Level: Master

Course ID: B650004101
ECTS value: 10

Date of Approval: 28-02-2020

Duration: 1 semester

Course ID


Course Title

Regulating Competition in the EU

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Responsible study board

Study Board of Law

Date of Approval


Course Responsible

Name Email Department
Graham Butler International Ret

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1 semester

Recommended prerequisites

Students who take the subject are expected to meet prior requirements equivalent to BA (jur.) or HA (jur.).

Aim and purpose

The course offers an overview of the main areas of EU competition law sensu lato, including State aid, public procurement and liberalization measures.

The aim of the course is to acquire a thorough knowledge of the principles, the law, and the policy problems in this area of European law, and to become acquainted with the relevant legal sources: mainly the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, the secondary law, the case law of the Court of Justice and the General Court, and the administrative practice of the Commission.

Furthermore, the purpose of the subject is to render the student capable of understanding and, on a scientific basis, reflect on the knowledge of the field of study and be able to identify scientific issues.

In relation to the study programme’s qualification profile, the course explicitly focuses on:

  • imparting knowledge about the scientific methodology and terminology of the subject matter;
  • enhancing skills in being able to communicate research-based knowledge and discuss professional and scientific issues with both academic peers and non-specialists;
  • qualifying students to independently take responsibility for own professional development and specialisation.

The course is based on the knowledge acquired in the course EU Law and Market Regulation. 


The purpose of the subject is achieved by the fact that the subject contains the following area of study:

  • Market definition
  • Vertical and horizontal agreements, including the block exemptions and the Commission’s guidelines
  • Cartels
  • Abuse of a dominant position
  • Mergers and joint ventures
  • State aid
  • Competition law and intellectual property rights
  • Public undertakings
  • The liberalized sectors
  • Public procurement 

Description of outcome - Knowledge

To achieve the purpose of the course, the learning goals ensure that the student proves knowledgeable of the subject topics, so the student is able to:

  • identify the relevant legal sources
  • identify the relevant facts in a particular case
  • account for the interaction between the legal sources

Description of outcome - Skills

To achieve the purpose of the course, the learning goals ensure that the student demonstrates skills so that the student is able to:

  • apply the legal sources in the correct manner and formulate correct arguments using the terminology of the subject

Description of outcome - Competences

To achieve the purpose of the course, the learning goals ensure that the student exhibits competency so that the student is able to:

  • reflect on the subject matter
  • see things in the wider perspective


The extent of the literature is expected to be approximately 500-750 pages. 

Alison Jones and Brenda Sufrin, EU Competition Law - Text, Cases, and Materials, 6. Ed. 2016, OUP.

Teaching Method

The method of instruction is blended learning. Part of the course is taught in class at the SDU campus in Odense which at the same time is streamed for online access. The classes are supplemented with different learning activities; among these are short videos with accompanying questionnaires and electronic tests.


Scheduled classes:
The course will be taught with lectures of 21 hours (3x7 hours).

1 ECTS is equivalent to 27 working hours. Parts of the curriculum are designated for self-study. This includes the topics of Public undertakings and the liberalized sectors. An estimate of the workload for an average student could be:
Face-to-face teaching: 21 hours.
Preparation: 129 hours.
Examination preparation: 120 hours.
Total: 270 hours.

Examination regulations





Exam: January
Reexam: February





Form of examination

Oral exam


Second examiner: None


7-point grading scale


Student Identification Card - Date of birth




20 minutes oral exam

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Additional information

The student’s achievement of the learning goals will be tested by an 20 minutes oral exam without preparation.



External comment

Time of classes: Every fourth semester.

NOTE - This course is identical with the former course Regulating Competition in the EU (B630033101, B630014101 and B630004101)

Used examination attempts in the former identical course will be transferred.
Courses that are identical with former courses that are passed according to applied rules cannot be retaken.

Courses offered

Offer period Offer type Profile Education Semester
Fall 2022 Optional cand.jur. deltid gældende fra 1. september 2020 Master of Laws (LL.M.) | Odense
Fall 2022 Optional cand.jur. erhvervskandidat gældende fra 1. sept. 2020 Master of Laws (LL.M.) | Odense


Name Email Department City
Steffen Hindelang International Ret

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