SOC009 Competition Policy and Competition Law

Faculty of Law
Spring 2020
Extent and Intensity
2/0. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
prof. JUDr. Josef Bejček, CSc. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. JUDr. Josef Bejček, CSc.
Department of Commercial Law - Faculty of Law
Contact Person: doc. JUDr. Ing. Michal Radvan, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Commercial Law - Faculty of Law
Basic knowledge of legal theory and of the concepts of commercial and civil law. Knowledge of basic economic concepts is an advantage.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
Students will be able to understand basic structure and system of European competition law. They will be familiar with the substance of agreements distorting competition, with the abuse of dominant position and with legal regulation of mergers. Interrelations between European and national antitrust laws will be trained. Soft law will be included and principal case law, too. The students will be ready to discern basic situations potentially detrimental to competition and how to avoid them. They have to prove ability to write an analytical essay on competition law issue.
  • 1. Antitrust law, its substance and impact 2. Economics of competition and competition policy 3. European Competition Policy 4. Art. 101/1 of the TFEU 5. Art 101/3 of the TFEU, block exemptions 6. Horizontal and vertical agreements restraining competition 7. Abuse of a dominant position - introduction, Art. 102 of the TFEU 8. Abuse of dominant position - exclusionary abuses and exploitative abuses 9. Mergers and acquisitions, introduction into the European control of concentration between undertakings 10. Assessment of mergers, substantive test, procedure 11. Czech competition law and competition policy, Czech Act on protection of economic competition 12. Intersection antitrust law / intellectual property law. Hi-tech and network industries and competition law. Globalization, liberalization and competition law.
  • Náhradní obsah: selected parts of: Bellamy/Child: European Community Law of Competition, Oxford 2012; Faull/Nikpay: The EC Law of Competition, Oxford 2014.
  • Jones/Sufrin: EC Competition Law, Oxford 2004, 2nd Ed.
  • BEJČEK, Josef, Robert NERUDA, Michal PETR and David RAUS. Competition Law in the Czech Republic. 1. vyd. Netherlands: Kluwer Law International, 2015. 230 pp. Law and Business. ISBN 978-90-411-5879-6. info
  • DABBAH, Maher M. International and comparative competition law. 1st pub. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. xxxiv, 679. ISBN 9780521736244. info
Teaching methods
Lectures and class discussion on the topics prepared by the students (homework inevitable) Comments of case law of European and Czech courts and antitrust authorities. Practicing some antitrust skills . Semester paper on topical issues selected by the students.
Assessment methods
Lectures are held for a minimum of 5 students. With smaller number of students attending the course, lectures are replaced with tutorials. Reading list will be given by the course co-ordinator at the fist lecture or tutorial. The examination has a written and an oral part. Examination - credit requirements: 1. Semester paper 2. Written test comprising Yes/No(True/False) or multiple choice questions 3. Discussion on the semester paper
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught each semester.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2003, Autumn 2003, Spring 2004, Autumn 2004, Spring 2005, Autumn 2005, Spring 2006, Autumn 2006, Spring 2007, Autumn 2007, Spring 2008, Autumn 2008, Spring 2009, Autumn 2009, Spring 2010, Autumn 2010, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Spring 2014, Autumn 2014, Spring 2015, Autumn 2015, Spring 2016, Autumn 2016, Spring 2017, Autumn 2017, Spring 2018, Autumn 2018, Spring 2019, Autumn 2019.
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