JUS5310 – EU Competition Law
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
The course examines the competition rules of the European Union; particularly the competition rules concerning undertakings in Articles 101-106 TFEU.
Competition law is the rules which regulate private firms' market conduct, in order to prevent anti-competitive effects on the markets and thereby to maintain efficient competition. Competition law contains three "pillars": prohibition of anti-competitive agreements (the "cartel prohibition"), prohibition of abuse of market power (the "abuse prohibition") and regulation of mergers and take-overs ("Merger Control"). These rules are supplemented both by other Treaty provisions as well as secondary legislation. The rules are of great significance since any firm may be subject to heavy fines and/or liability for damages if infringing them. The maximum fine for infringement may be as high as 10% of a firm's annual turnover.
The European Commission plays an active part in enforcing the competition rules, and a study of Competition Law is therefore also a study of EU Administrative Law. This area of Law also gives the student a good opportunity to study the interrelation between Law and economics, since these legal norms often are based on economic theory.
Students need no former knowledge of EU Law before taking this course, but it may require some additional reading.
Students are expected to take an active part in the course since the emphasis is placed upon seminars and discussion groups rather than formal lectures. Students must also be prepared to give presentations to the rest of the group.
For students enrolled in Rettsvitenskap (jus) (master - 5 år): Have you considered a specialization as part of your degree? The course is part of the profile Komparativ rett and Marked, innovasjon og konkurranse
See ‘Detailed course information’ regarding requirements and syllabus.
You may register for this course if you have admission to a Master’s programme at UiO or the faculty's exchange programme. You can also register for this course if you do not have admission to any programme at UiO, but meet the formal prerequistites.
All students are required meet the formal prerequistites.
Have you met the formal prerequisites at another institution than the University of Oslo, and the results are not formally registered at UiO, you must apply for admission to courses at Master’s level . Students with admission to Master’s degree programmes at other faculties than The Faculty of Law must also apply for admission.
Formal prerequisite knowledge
Students must fill one of these requirements:
- Passed 1st - 3rd year of the 5-years degree Master of Laws (Master i rettsvitenskap at UiO) (or exams that qualify for exemption for these) or
- Hold a 5-years Master’s degree in Laws (Master i rettsvitenskap at UiO) or equivalent.
Exemptions from the formal prerequisites will be given to students with admission to the faculty's own exchange or master’s degree programmes. This rule does not apply to students with admission to other master’s degree programmes at the University of Oslo, unless otherwise agreed.
Recommended previous knowledge
Three years of law studies.
- 10 credits overlap with JUR1310 – EU Competition Law (BA)
- 10 credits overlap with VALECOMP – EC Competition Law (discontinued)
- 10 credits overlap with JUTECOMP – EC Competition Law (discontinued)
- 10 credits overlap with JUR5290 – Konkurranserett (discontinued)
- 10 credits overlap with JUR1290 – Konkurranserett (discontinued)
- 10 credits overlap with VALKONK – Konkurranserett (discontinued)
- 10 credits overlap with JUXKONK – Konkurranserett (discontinued)
- 10 credits overlap with JUR5310 – EC Competition Law (discontinued)
- 10 credits overlap with JUS5290 – Konkurranserett (discontinued)
Language of teaching for this course is English. This means that all communication during lectures/seminars will be in English, and all literature and auxiliary materials are in English.
4 hour written open book digital school examination
Examination support material
This is an open book digital school examination. You are permitted to use paper printouts or paper publications of any literature during the examination (e.g., course literature, lecture notes, dictionaries). You are also allowed to use handwritten notes on paper. No electronic support materials will be allowed.
Use of sources and rules for citing.
The standard rules on cheating and plagiarism which apply to assignments apply also to the written open book examination. This means that you must provide a reference whenever you draw upon another person’s ideas, words or research in your answer to the exam question(s). You cannot copy text directly from textbooks, journal articles, court judgments etc. without highlighting that the text is copied.
Thus, pieces of text quoted verbatim from these and other sources must be italicised or otherwise highlighted so that it is obvious that the pieces of text are quotes.
Example of highlighting in a text:
"Laurent Bailay and Bernard Van der Lande propose to define a mobile payment as a “payment for products or services between two parties for which a mobile device, such as a mobile phone, plays a key role in the realization of the payment”. (European Commission, GREEN PAPER Towards an integrated European market for card, internet and mobile payments, page 5)"
Failure to cite sources or highlight quotes in your exam answer may be considered as evidence of cheating.
Language of examination
The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Explanations and appeals
Resit an examination
- Illness at exams / postponed exams
- Resitting an examination.
- There are special rules for resitting a passed examination in the master's programme in Law.
Withdrawal from an examination
It is possible to take this exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.
Special examination arrangements
Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.
The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.
The language for this course is English. Students enrolled in the Masterprogrammet i rettsvitenskap must pass one English subject as part of their degree, this course will meet these obligations.
This subject is taught at Master 's level. The subject is also taught at Bachelor's level (10 ECTS credits), see JUR1310 – EU Competition Law (BA). Please see the chapter above, regarding overlap. For instances of overlap, credits will be deducted on the subject at Bachelors's level.