Course Structure

Course structure

The subjects available for study include:

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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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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    Australian Consumer Law 12.5

    Australian Consumer Law

    Australia has a detailed and comprehensive consumer protection regime dealing with the supply of goods and services, including financial products, to consumers. This subject provides students with a detailed knowledge of key features of the Australian Consumer Law and of the common law principles and policy imperatives that underpin it. The lecturers include one of the Law School’s private lawyers with specialist expertise in consumer law, and a leading practitioner in this field of law.

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    Chinese Competition Law and Policy 12.5

    Chinese Competition Law and Policy

    The enactment of the Anti-Monopoly Law in China in 2007 was a significant step in China’s transition from a centrally planned economy to a socialist market economy. In a short period of time, China has become a globally important competition law jurisdiction and increasingly crucial area of study and practice for competition lawyers, businesses, and enforcement agencies within and beyond China. This subject will provide students with a specialised, in-depth and practical understanding of the Anti-Monopoly Law, its implementing regulations, and important decisions made by the competition agencies and courts in its legal, economic, regulatory and political contexts. This subject also provides insights into the dynamics of the Chinese legal system and reform more broadly, as competition law in China sits at the intersection of law, economics, business, and politics.

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    Competition and New Technologies 12.5

    Competition and New Technologies

    The high-tech sector represents an increasingly important part of the world economy and is challenging the boundaries of orthodox competition law rules and approaches. Many of the most significant cases adjudicated by competition authorities around the world involve high-tech corporations (Microsoft, Intel, Google, Apple, etc). The high-tech industry is highly dynamic and raises particularly complex issues that need to be addressed by competition lawyers. This subject will grapple with these issues at a sophisticated level so that students understand the complex legal and economic challenges raised by the new economy.

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    Competition Law and Intellectual Property 12.5

    Competition Law and Intellectual Property

    Intellectual property (IP) rights support growth by promoting innovation through the offer of a temporary ‘monopoly’ to creators and inventors. However, such rights can also stifle growth where transaction costs are high or rights are fragmented in a way making them hard to access. Poorly designed intellectual property rules can help established players in a market obstruct new players by impeding their access to technology and content. A carefully designed and dynamic intellectual property system can, by contrast, complement the spur that competition gives to innovation by enabling follow-on innovation. The interface of intellectual property and competition law is especially crucial to this goal.

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    Competition Law in the Healthcare Industry 12.5

    Competition Law in the Healthcare Industry

    Governments strive to constrain runaway health care costs through competitive markets. This can be lucrative for private players and competition authorities are increasingly called upon to investigate commercial practices in the health care industry. The competition analysis must still take account of significant government and philanthropic service providers. Further, health care markets are susceptible to market failure due to information asymmetries, adverse selection, moral hazard and principal-agent problems.

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    EU Competition Law 12.5

    EU Competition Law

    European Union competition law is often emulated by other competition systems around the world and hence is a crucial area of study and practice for competition lawyers and enforcement officials beyond Europe. At the same time the ‘template’ nature of the EU system may obscure the degree to which thinkers, policy makers and decision makers at various levels in Europe embrace different and sometimes contradictory visions of the goals and functions of competition law - resulting in fractures and incoherence within the EU system.

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    International and Comparative Competition Law 12.5

    International and Comparative Competition Law

    This subject will provide students with international and comparative insights into a field of growing significance to practitioners in Australia and the region. While the subject will focus on the federal antitrust law of the United States (‘US’) and the competition law of the European Union (‘EU’), we will examine also the extent to which these two regimes provide models for other regimes, with particular attention paid to the Anti-Monopoly Law of the People’s Republic of China ‘(PRC’). The subject will explore how competition laws are justified, and the extent to which different regimes converge and diverge, and the reasons for this.

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    International Trade and Competition Law 12.5

    International Trade and Competition Law

    This interdisciplinary subject will examine the relationships between international trade and competition policies from both legal and economic perspectives. The subject will focus on anti-competitive practices of an international scope and how they may be addressed by trade and competition rules. It will canvass the tensions and complementarities between these two areas of policy, as well as incorporate general public policy, commercial diplomacy and institutional considerations. In addition, anti-dumping/safeguards law and practices and how they relate to competition law will be taken up and their link with market access opportunities explained.

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    Regulating Infrastructure and Utilities 12.5

    Regulating Infrastructure and Utilities

    This subject provides students with a sophisticated understanding of the economic theory and principles underpinning the regulation of utility infrastructure and services such as telecommunications, gas, electricity, rail, airports and ports. Such regulation often determines the level of competition, the prices paid by consumers and the returns to investors in these industries.

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    Research Project A 12.5

    Research Project A

    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 synchronous sessions, 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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