Lawctopus Law School presents 16 intensive self-paced learning modules on Competition Law, with 4-month access!
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About Competition Law
What is ‘Competition’?
In the context of markets, competition is the rivalry between entities or companies selling similar products and services, with the goal of achieving growth, revenue, profit, and market share increment.
A competitive market is one in which numerous producers compete with each other, to satisfy the wants and needs of their consumers.
Why is it Important?
Market competition motivates entities or companies to increase their sales, by appropriately utilizing or improving their products, their pricing, the locational advantage, as well as promotional strategies.
This ultimately benefits the consumer, as they receive better quality or reasonably priced products, as the producers try their best to beat their competition.
Why is Competition Law necessary?
To gain undue advantage, some producers often distort the natural functioning of the market by indulging in unfair practices, which either impede or eliminate competition.
Such practices not only make it difficult for smaller companies to enter or succeed in a market, but they also result in higher consumer prices, poorer service, and less innovation.
Accordingly, the body of legislation that intends to prevent such market distortion, caused by anti-competitive practices by producers, is a competition or antitrust law.
To put it simply, competition law ensures a fair marketplace for consumers and producers, by prohibiting unethical practices designed to gain greater market share, than what could be realized through honest competition. Essentially, it prevents the exploitation of the whole market.
Why should you be a Competition Lawyer?
Owing to globalization, rapid industrialization, as well as unprecedented economic and commercial growth in the last few decades, market competition has increased by leaps and bounds.
Competition law regulates such growth fairly and efficiently; accordingly, competition lawyers are inundated with ample opportunities. Career prospects in competition law have significantly increased lately, and there exist limitless requirements for legal advice on competition issues, by all kinds of industries, law firms, and policy houses.
Sounds interesting? Want to know more about this area of law?
Our online 16 Self-Paced Learning Modules on Competition Law will teach you the basic, as well as the advanced concepts of competition law. Not only will you get a grip of the fundamentals, but you will also be introduced to the nuances of the subject, from an extremely practical perspective.
Designed for law students and young lawyers, the intensive reading materials will ensure that you know everything there is to know about this emerging, exciting, and futuristic area of law.
Through these materials, our aim is that law students know about competition law, use that knowledge to perform well in their competition law internships, and young lawyers to become well-versed in the subject area, to secure further opportunities.
- Access to 16 comprehensive Reading Modules (structure given below) for a period of 4 months from the date of registration; study them all at your own pace, within the next 4 months!
- Access to faculty-monitored Discussion Forum for 4 months (queries addressed within 1 week)
- Certificates will be provided to learners who score above 50% marks on an MCQ test!
The reading modules holistically cover all aspects of the subject – be it the inception of competition law, the concepts covered in various legislations, the contemporary issues, and cases in this area, as well as practice-oriented matters.
A brief overview of the primer’s structure is given as follows:
Module 1: Introduction to Competition Law
The module will cover the historical evolution of competition law in major legal jurisdictions, including the United States and India. It will also talk about the jurisprudential, and theoretical basis of competition law.
Module 2: Competition Law in India – An Overview
The module explains the legislative and policy basis for Indian competition law. It will provide an overview of the Competition Act, 2002, relevant regulations, and major concepts therein. It will also provide an explanation of the composition, and functions of the Competition Commission of India.
Module 3: Anti-Competitive Agreements
This module will explain concepts of appreciable adverse effects on competition, the role of market power in Section 3 cases, as well as various kinds of horizontal and vertical agreements that can be deemed anticompetitive. It will primarily focus on Indian case laws pertaining to these concepts. It will also explain various sub-sections provided under Section 3 of the Competition Act.
Module 4: Abuse of Dominance
This module will explain the theoretical basis for the concepts of dominance, relevant market, and abuse of dominance. It will primarily focus on Indian case laws pertaining to these concepts. It will also explain various sub-sections provided under Section 4 of the Competition Act.
Module 5: Merger Control
This module will provide the theoretical basis for the merger control regime in India. It will also provide insight pertaining to concepts of control, gun-jumping and other associated concepts.
Module 6: How to bring a case before the Competition Commission of India [Practice Oriented]
The module will walk the participant through the process of filing information, preparing for the preliminary conference, and DG investigations. The module will explain the process till the conclusion of the case. It will also provide draft samples of information, interim applications, and other relevant filings in the case.
Module 7: How to file a Merger Notification before the CCI [Practice Oriented]
The module will provide the roadmap to filing a merger notification before the CCI. It will provide sample drafts of Form I and Form II to be filed before the CCI, with guidance on how to conduct research for different parts of the form. It will provide a practical overview of the steps till a combination is approved by the CCI.
Module 8: Leniency Program: Theory and Practice
The module will provide the theoretical basis of the leniency program as it exists in India, along with the necessary literature from Europe and the United States, if needed. It will also explain the process of filing a leniency application along with the necessary sample drafts.
Module 9: Dawn Raids: Theory and Practice
This module will provide a theoretical understanding of dawn raids in competition practice, in various jurisdictions. It will also provide a practical guide on handling dawn raids if conducted against the client by the CCI.
Module 10: Private Enforcement
This module will teach students about private enforcement, within the context of competition law. It will cover the rules relating to it in India, the United States, as well as the European Union.
Module 11: Comparative Competition Law including an Overview of South Asian Competition Policy
This module will provide an overview of competition law and policy in the United States, Europe, and South Africa. However, the module will also give an understanding of more nascent competition jurisdictions, including South Asian countries like Sri Lanka.
Module 12: Interaction of Competition Law with other thematic areas (especially IPR and Data Privacy)
The module will focus on the interaction of competition law with traditional thematic areas and subjects, including intellectual property rights, and data privacy law. However, the module will also look at the subject’s interaction with thematic areas that are yet unexplored within India, for instance, gender.
Module 13: Issues with CCI’s Jurisdiction and Appellant Jurisdiction for Competition Law
The module will discuss appellate jurisdiction in competition law, as well as various cases that have come up concerning the issue of CCI’s jurisdiction. In the past, jurisdictional conflicts have risen between CCI and bodies like SEBI and TRAI.
Module 14: Analysis of Major Sectors under Competition Law
The module will present an analysis of markets that have come under increased competition law scrutiny in recent times. These primarily include the markets of online cab aggregators, big tech and e-commerce.
Module 15: Careers and Higher Studies in Competition Law
This module will present a comprehensive overview of various career opportunities in competition law in India. It will also provide guidance on choosing the right competition law LLM.
Module 16: Competition Law in College – Moots, Internships and Other Co-curricular Activities
The module will discuss aspects pertaining to competition law that are relevant for law students, including moots and internships.
Faculty and Research Team
Saksham Mallik is a policy consultant, lawyer, and photographer from New Delhi. He graduated from Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab in 2020, before working in civil society with leading think tanks like The Dialogue.
His work in the policy sphere revolves around research in areas of antitrust, technology and human rights law, and policy. He is focused on employing tools of policy-making, legal aid, advocacy, and capacity building to advance the cause of social justice.
Saksham is the lead researcher and module developer for this course.
Nidhi Singh graduated as a Gold Medalist in B.B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) from KIIT School of Law, Odisha. She has worked as a Competition Law associate at Trilegal, Competition Commission of India, and CUTS International. She read for MSc Law & Finance as a Weidenfeld Scholar, at the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford. She is an alumna of Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she studied Public Policy.
She has completed Economics for Competition Law, from King’s College, London. Continuing with her interest in antitrust laws, she is enrolled as a JSM & SPILS Fellow at Stanford Law School, USA, where she specializes in Law, Science & Technology. She is also a practicing Counsel before the Supreme Court of India, where she engages in both Civil and Criminal litigation.
She serves as a Deputy Director for the Centre for Competition Law & Policy at GLA University, and an Adjunct Faculty in Law & Economics at NALSAR, Hyderabad. She has presented her work on antitrust laws at Harvard Law School, Oxford, Cambridge, Columbia, Yale, Stanford, World Bank, World Trade Organisation & United Nations.
Nidhi is the Expert Reviewer of this course.
Shreyangshi Gupta graduated from the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, in 2019. Since then, she has worked with law firms, including Trilegal (Dispute Resolution Team), and AQUILAW (Corporate Team). She has also worked as a freelance legal consultant for software companies, as well as international private equity and venture capital firms.
Presently, she is pursuing her passion for writing, editing, and legal ed-tech, as a Content Developer at Lawctopus Law School.
Shreyangshi is the developer and Learning Manager for this course.
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