Course Structure

Course structure

To gain a LLM (Global Competition and Consumer Law) you must complete 100 points comprised of:

  • Five core subjects
  • One elective subject, and
  • Two capstone subjects.
Core Subjects
Foundations - Competition Law & Economics 12.5

Foundations - Competition Law & Economics

Understand the history and spread of competition law across the world over the last century and the range of objectives that have informed its development in different places and at different times.  Be introduced to the major features that are either common to or vary between competition regimes and institutions globally. Ensure that you are well-versed in core economic vocabulary, concepts and frameworks and the ways in which they are translated into categories of legal prohibitions and enforcement approaches across all competition systems.

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Cartels 12.5


Critically examine the main prohibitions that apply to cartel conduct, including approaches taken to and challenges arising in the definition and proof of collusion, the different standards of liability that apply to various categories of conduct, and the range of exemptions or defences that are available. Explore who should be held liable and what approaches are or should be taken to detecting, investigating, sanctioning and deterring cartels.

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Unilateral Conduct 12.5

Unilateral Conduct

Explore various approaches taken to dealing with anti-competitive unilateral conduct. Analyse what is meant by unilateral market power and the conditions that enable such power to be used to implement anti-competitive strategies, such as refusals to supply, intellectual property licensing, and predatory pricing, as well as vertical restraints such as bundling or tying. Examine how the competitive effects of such conduct are best assessed and proven.

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Mergers 12.5


Develop an in-depth understanding of the legal rules and economic principles that underpin the review of mergers and acquisitions and the types of information and analyses used to assess the competitive effects of these transactions. Examine how ‘special’ cases, such as joint ventures, failing firms, strategic and minority stakes, and creeping acquisitions are dealt with. Learn about the procedures used by competition authorities and the strategies employed by merger parties in the review context.

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Competition Law in a Globalised World 12.5

Competition Law in a Globalised World

Consider the origins of modern thought about trade and competition that originated in the 18th century and developed as the organising mechanisms of both domestic and international commerce through the 19th and 20th centuries to the present day. Examine and analyse the evolution and spread of modern competition policy and law in key jurisdictions and regions and contextualise these development through the lens of global shifts in the political economy environment. Explore the relatively recent spread of competition law to developing and small economies. Investigate the impact of new technologies on competition law. And finally consider how the globalisation of competition law affects international legal practice in this field.

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Elective Subjects
Asian Competition Policy & Law 12.5

Asian Competition Policy & Law

This subject will provide valuable in-depth insights into the political economy surrounding competition policy, law and enforcement in the Asia-Pacific region. Concentrating on the experience of key Asian jurisdictions including Japan, China, Philippines, Singapore and India, students will learn about the major features of the law and institutions in this region, the extent to which the regimes in the region conform to prevailing global competition norms, and the challenges facing practitioners and enforcement agencies in the Asia-Pacific. Relevant examples will also be drawn from other Asian jurisdictions such as Indonesia, Hong Kong and Malaysia.

Highlights of the subject include:

  • Critical examination of the approaches taken to the design of competition agencies and application of competition laws in the Asia-Pacific region;
  • Exploration of the political economy of competition law, using experiences in the Asia-Pacific region as case studies; and
  • Insights and perspectives from leading stakeholders such as competition authority officials and practitioners to assist students in developing a sophisticated appreciation of the issues facing the development and practice of competition law in the Asia Pacific region.

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    Consumer Protection 12.5

    Consumer Protection

    This subject will examine the policy objectives underpinning consumer protection laws, including the intersection between consumer and competition policies. Student will develop a clear understanding of the key areas of regulation, including various forms of misleading and deceptive conduct, unfair practices and contract terms regulation, consumer guarantees and warranties, and product liability and safety regulation. They will examine key enforcement tools and mechanisms for consumer redress, focussing particularly on the challenges posed by e-commerce, and explore the often complex institutional arrangements involving national and international bodies, as well as non-governmental organisations, in this field. This subject is international and comparative in its scope and draws on examples from a wide range of jurisdictions around the world, but with a particular focus on consumer policy, law and enforcement in the Asia-Pacific region.

    Highlights of the subject include:

  • Critical examination of the policy objectives and priorities underpinning, and the approaches taken to the design and application of, consumer laws, including variations between developed and developing countries in this context;
  • Case studies that illustrate the practical challenges associated with enforcing consumer laws, with particular emphasis on the issues that arise in the context of growing international trade and e-commerce;
  • Insights and perspectives from leading stakeholders such as consumer enforcement authority officials, intergovernmental and nongovernmental officials and practitioners to assist students in developing a sophisticated appreciation of the issues facing the development and practice of consumer law and policy, particularly in the Asia Pacific region.

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    Capstone Subjects
    Institutions 12.5


    Immerse yourself in the challenges and dynamics influencing institutions that administer competition and consumer laws – principally competition authorities, but also central prosecutorial agencies, tribunals and courts. Think about a range of institutional issues including agency models, governance structures, enforcement, compliance and advocacy tools, performance incentives and limitations and evaluation of effectiveness. Undertake an in-depth case-study on a competition or consumer-related body and critically analyse its experience in dealing with a major institutional challenge relating to its development, operation or the performance of its functions.

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    Competition and Consumer Law Research Project 12.5

    Competition and Consumer Law Research Project

    Carry out in-depth research and produce a substantial research paper on a topic of your choice, supervised by the subject coordinator.  Master sophisticated research and analytical techniques in formulating research questions and developing an argument in answer to those questions, draw on extensive theoretical and comparative material to enrich your analysis and conclusions and explore at an advanced level the legal and practical implications of your findings. Present and be tested by experts on your research methods, analysis and conclusions, either in person at a workshop or online.

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    Course Planning

    To help you plan your studies please see the following link for information about which subjects are available each term over the next two years and outlines a recommended study sequence for the LLM (Global Competition and Consumer Law) and Master of Global Competition and Consumer Law courses.

    Course planning document


    This will vary depending on the individual student’s background in the area and capacity. However, on average students will need to allocate around 6-8 hours ‘study’ time (including reading, watching videos, completing exercises and interactives, discussion board participation, participating in webinars, etc) per week, in addition to time required to complete assessments. The total time commitment required for each subject over a term will be 150 hours.

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