JUS5310 – EU Competition Law
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Covid-19: Teaching and exams
The Covid-19 situation will continue to affect teaching and exam in the autumn semester 2021. Updated information about lectures and exams can be found on the semester pages.
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
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.
Adjustments due to COVID-19:
In the autumn semester 2021, the exam will be a 24 hour home exam, maximum 2000 words on master’s level and 1500 words on bachelor’s level.
Footnotes should be included in the word count of the main text. Not included in this count: front page (with name and title etc.), summary, table of contents and references (bibliography). (If relevant for the paper).
Assignments/papers with text exceeding the word limit will not be accepted.
(Normally the course has a 4 hour written school exam)
Examination support material
This is an open book exams, thus all available sources can be used
Use of sources and rules for citing.
General rules on cheating and plagiarism apply. 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. Verbatim quotes must be italicised or otherwise highlighted to make obvious that the pieces of text are quotes.
The European Commission defines mobile payments as "payments for which the payment data and the payment instruction are initiated, transmitted or confirmed via a mobile phone or device". (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.
Marking criteria for written examination
This guide is used by examiners for grading elective courses at the Faculty of Law.
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.