LLM in Competition Law
An LLM in Competition law (or Antitrust Law as it is sometimes referred to in the United States) has three main elements:
• Prohibiting agreements or practices that restrict free trading and competition between businesses.
Units studies in an LLM in Competition Law will usually include; monopolies and mergers, intellectual property rights, anti-competitive practices; international competition law and international trade.
Competition law is closely connected with law on deregulation of access to markets, state aids and subsidies, the privatisation of state-owned assets and the establishment of independent sector regulators. The substance and practice of competition law vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Protecting the interests of consumers and ensuring that entrepreneurs have an opportunity to compete in the market economy are often treated as important objectives.
The two largest and most influential systems of competition regulation are United States antitrust law and European Community competition law. National and regional competition authorities across the world have formed international support and enforcement networks.
Competition Law Courses
Competition Law courses tend to be 'taught' rather than research based, and are generally one-year full-time postgraduate programme or two-year part-time programmes. Students wishing to study an LLM in Competition Law are usually required to have an undergraduate degree in law or a degree with a substantial law content.
English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English, are usually required to have an IELTS: 7 or above or TOEFL: 107 or above. Because of ongoing changes in the law we advise international students to regularly check the UKBA website to make sure they can fulfil the necessary requirements. Most individual institutions also have useful information on the Tier 4 requirements for international students, and can offer assistance in terms of student queries about their specific English language requirements.
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International and Comparative Competition Law, Maher M Dabbah
Competition Law and Policy in the EU and UK, Angus MacCulloch and Barry Rodger
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