EU Competition Law

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Course description

EU Competition Law covers three main subjects:

  1. Abuse of a dominant position
  2. Anti-competitive agreements, concerted practices, and decisions by associations of undertakings
  3. Administrative and private competition law enforcement.

EU Competition Law is structured around solving cases, based on real disputes and issues, to learn how to analyse and assess conduct of firms with regard to competition law.

We will discuss market dominance, its indicators and ways of determining that a firm has a dominant position. This will allow us to learn what abuse of a dominant position is and how to recognize it. We will discuss two main forms of abuses: exclusionary and exploitative practices, and learn about the contemporary differences in approaching the two by the competition authorities. We will also talk about modern attempts at employing the concept of abuse of a dominant position in service of non-economic aims, such as protection of the environment or personal data. In regard to the anti-competitive agreements, we will discuss the general concept, the possibility of infringing competition law by object or by effect, and the possibility of justifying restrictions to competition. We will then move to specific regulations on block exemptions, as well as the notice on de minimis agreements.

Key Benefits

 Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • identify the competition law compliance risks in contracts, terms and conditions, and rebate systems,
  • identify and eliminate hardcore restrictions,
  • analyze other restrictions of competition and apply relevant exemptions.

Course teacher

Assistant Professor Paweł Marcisz, the European Law Department, University of Warsaw

Assistant Professor Paweł Marcisz, the European Law Department, University of Warsaw
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Participant profile

Attorneys-at-law; in-house counsel; business professionals involved in commercial transactions; postgraduate students.


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