Studying Law at RomaTre

Academic Year 2020-2021

Fall Semester (October 1 - December 18, 2020)


European Competition Law 2020

Prof. Margherita Colangelo

starting October 1, 2020

Wednesday h. 14,00-16,00; Thursday – Friday h. 12,00-14,00


Course description:

This course aims at providing the fundamental notions of competition law as a central area in the EU Single Market policy. To this end, it will focus on the competition provisions that are directly applicable to companies throughout the European Union, i.e. the prohibition of cartels and restrictive practices, the prohibition of abuses of dominant position and merger control.

More in detail, it will cover:

- The objectives of competition law;

- Essentials of US antitrust law;

- The role of competition rules in the EU;

- Market power, market definition and barriers to entry;

- Article 101 TFEU;

- Article 102 TFEU;

- Competition law and regulation;

- Public and private enforcement;

- Mergers.

The course intends to adopt a comparative approach (mainly with regard to the US system) and will involve the study of the main relevant case-law and recent policy documents, devoting particular attention to digital markets.



The course intends to introduce students in an extremely important area of EU law. In particular, it is aimed towards students being able to: i) demonstrate knowledge of EU competition law, taking a critical look at competition policy and its development; ii) deal with the primary sources of EU competition law (legislation, Commission decisions, CJEU/GC rulings); iii) carry out a presentation and a discussion on a competition law topic; iv) simulate a dispute.


Course Learning Activities

The course consists of lectures on the main subjects of EU competition law, followed by presentations that are meant to support the lectures and encourage interactive student participation. A number of guest lectures (held by professionals, regulators and experts) is included in the course.


Assessment tools

Student evaluation will be based on class work and class participation (i.e. oral presentations given during the semester) and a final written exam.


Attendance policy

Class attendance is compulsory.


Course textbook:

In addition to cases examined in class, a selection of readings will be recommended, mainly from the following textbook:

R. Whish – D. Bailey, Competition Law, Oxford University Press 2015 (8th ed.), as follows: Chapter 1; Chapter 2 paras. 1, 2, 4; Chapters 3, 4, 5; Chapter 8, paras. 1, 2; Chapter 13, paras. 1, 2, 3, 4, 8; Chapter 14, paras. 1, 2, 3, 4; Chapter 15, para. 3; Chapter 16, paras. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8; Chapter 17, paras. 1, 2, 3, 4; Chapter 18 (excluding subparagraphs dedicated solely to the UK); similar chapters in the new edition.


Main cases:

- Case C-67/13 P, Groupement des cartes bancaires v Commission;

- Case C-519/04 P, David Meca-Medina and Igor Majcen v Commission;

- Case COMP/AT.39847, E-BOOKS;

- Case C-439/09, Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmétique SAS v Président de l'Autorité de la Concurrence and Others;

- Case C-230/16, Coty Germany GmbH v Parfümerie Akzente GmbH;

- Case C-241/91 P, Radio Telefis Eireann (RTE) and Independent Television Publications Ltd (ITP) v Commission;

- Case C-7/97, Oscar Bronner GmbH & Co. KG v Mediaprint Zeitungs- und Zeitschriftenverlag GmbH & Co. KG, Mediaprint Zeitungsvertriebsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG and Mediaprint Anzeigengesellschaft mbH & Co. KG;

- Case C-95/04 P, British Airways v Commission;

- Case C-202/07 P, France Télécom SA v Commission;

- Case C-52/09, Konkurrensverket v TeliaSonera Sverige AB;

- Case C-23/14, Post Danmark A/S v Konkurrencerådet;

- Joined Cases C-295/04 to C-298/04, Vincenzo Manfredi v Lloyd Adriatico Assicurazioni SpA (C-295/04), Antonio Cannito v Fondiaria Sai SpA (C-296/04) and Nicolò Tricarico (C-297/04) and Pasqualina Murgolo (C-298/04) v Assitalia SpA;

- Case C-453/99, Courage Ltd v Bernard Crehan and Bernard Crehan v Courage Ltd and Others;

- Case AT.39530 (Microsoft – Tying);

- Case No COMP/M.7217 - Facebook/ Whatsapp;

- Case C-179/16, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd and Others v Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato.


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