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University of Glasgow: International Competition Law and Policy

Institution University of Glasgow
Department School of Law View department profile
Study type Taught


International Competition Law & Policy provides you with the opportunity to specialise in a vital area of law, which impacts on commerce across the globe. The programme places the law in its economic and commercial context, through detailed coverage of US and EU law, and extensive coverage of the law in China, alongside references to other legal regimes and examples.

  • Competition laws are being adopted or revised by increasing numbers of states, feature prominently in regional association agreements, and have an extremely significant impact on global and local business.
  • The programme explores offered by the well-established US and EU regimes, which are being challenged by the emergence of China as a significant jurisdiction wielding considerable influence.
  • You will engage with the significant international debates about the role of competition law, the difficulties faced by companies complying with different laws, and the possibilities of convergence.
  • The programme’s teaching team has considerable experience in the field. The programme leader, Professor Mark Furse, is a recognised expert on competition law with a strong interest in the development of competition law. Dr Florence Thepot is an expert in the role which competition law plays in the digital and online economies. Both publish extensively, and maintain strong national and international links.
  • We offer excellent facilities including our dedicated School of Law library; our main University Library also contains our extensive collection of legal materials and official publications with full access to key databases of US, EU and Chinese materials.

You are required to take at least four courses from the following list (plus two others) and to submit a dissertation as falling within the area. For this programme your course choices must include the core courses of International Competition Law, and Competition Law Enforcement. Courses are delivered through a blend of lectures and seminar style teaching.

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The programme provides a thorough academic background in the area of competition law and policy. Competition law has been subject to a dramatic growth in recent years, and the need for properly qualified people has risen correspondingly. This is particularly the case in East Asia, but the trend is part of a wider one. Our graduates work in leading international law firms or prestigious domestic firms in a wide range of countries. Others are placed with regulators and competition agencies around the world, or work directly for industry and commerce.

Former students from the LLM International Competition Law & Policy are in employment in leading law firms in several jurisdictions, in competition agencies around the world, and in relevant Governmental bodies. The LLM offers an up to date and detailed look at key issues in competition law, providing a strong overall background combined with an emphasis on recent (and potentially future) developments.

In addition to the key academic staff – who have between them engaged significantly with professional development programmes in both the private and public sector – students are given the opportunity to attend talks by current academics, enforcers, policy makers and practitioners and to network with them. Sessions on the course Advanced Competition Law have in the past been delivered by leading practitioners.

We have also placed students in internship positions with competition law practices in Scotland (although internships can never be guaranteed as their availability is driven by the needs of law firms).

Extra-curricular activities

In addition to these curricular activities, students in the International Competition Law & Policy LLM also have the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular activities that are designed to hone their professional skills:

  • The Finance and Social Justice Project is a unique opportunity for students to work on current, real-world problems at the intersection of finance and social justice while gaining a practical insight into less conventional careers in corporate and financial law.
  • Professional Skills Programme (PSP) tailored to LLM students in order to facilitate the improvement of their professional skills.
  • Graduate Skills Programme (GSP) offered by the College of Social Sciences to support students in their ability to communicate their professional skills (As developed, for example, in the PSP, to employers.


University of Glasgow
The School of Law


The University of Glasgow’s School of Law  equips you with the knowledge and skills you need in an increasingly competitive legal market. Our graduates have gone on to work in international courts, the European Commission, banking and finance, international law firms, governments, and academic institutions around the world.

Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world and law has been taught from the beginning. The University has a history of changing the world and the School of Law is committed to nurturing the people who …

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