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Introduction to European Competition Law


Please note that the following description of the course is only provisional and therefore subject to change.

Admission requirements

Evident basic knowledge of European law.


Over the past 40 years, EU competition law has developed into a substantial body of law. It constitutes directly applicable rules that are of immediate concern to business lawyers and management. Compliance with EU competition law has become extremely important. Infringements of EU competition law can lead to high fines (which may exceed 1 billion euro), damages claims and/or criminal sanctions (such as prison sentences). Reflecting the importance of EU competition policy, this course will provide the participants with an opportunity to become familiar with the main features of the EU competition rules (articles 101, 102, 106-109 TFEU), legislation, case law and practice of EU competition law.

The first part of the course focuses on the core of EU competition law: the prohibition of cartels and the prohibition of the abuse of a dominant position. The second part of the course concentrates on various related subjects, such as the enforcement of EU competition law, merger control and state aid law.

Course objectives

Objectives of the course
The students will:

  • learn to recognize competition law issues;

  • know how to find and select relevant information about EU competition law;

  • acquire the knowledge to analyze EU competition law cases;

  • obtain the competence to apply EU competition law information to EU competition law cases.

Achievement levels
After completing this course, students will:

  • have a good understanding of the structure and nature of EU competition law; and

  • be able to systematically read EU competition law cases & recognize and analyze the essential parts.


The timetable of this course can be found in uSis.

Mode of instruction


  • Number of (2 hour) lectures: 10

  • Names of lecturers: A.E. Beumer LL.M.

  • Required preparation by students: Students are expected to be familiar with the prescribed materials with a view to taking part in class discussions.


  • Number of (2 hour) seminars: Not applicable

  • Names of instructors:

  • Required preparation by students:

Other methods of instruction

Assessment method

Examination form(s)

  • Written exam (80%)

  • Moot court (20%)

If only a few students fail the exam at the first attempt, the resit may be an oral exam. In that case, students will be informed by the coordinator 10 days ahead of the scheduled re-sit date.

Areas to be tested within the exam
The examination syllabus consists of the required reading (literature) for the course, the reader and the subjects taught in the lectures.


More information on this course is offered in Blackboard.

Reading list

Obligatory course materials

  • R. Whish & D. Bailey, ‘Competition Law’, Oxford University Press 2012


  • Reader ‘Introduction to EU competition law’, please order at

Recommended course materials

  • None


Students have to register for courses and exams through uSis.

Contact information


  • Institute: Public Law

  • Department: European Law

  • Room number secretary: KOG (B1.21)

  • Opening hours: Monday to Friday between 09:00 and 17:00 o’clock

  • Telephone number secretary: +71 527 8837

  • Email: