|Course Title||Competition Law|
|Institution||Economic University of Varna|
This course is divided in 4 modules each consisting of 4 hours. The first three modules are delivered by the teacher and the last is run by students. Students are expected to prepare a presentation on a certain (chosen) problem or case which is of greater interest to them. In the beginning of the course they are provided by the teacher with a provisional table of cases. The cases are distributed in English language as they are not translated in Bulgarian.
For each module students should read cases (or at least summary of cases) related to the matter. Modules start with a lecture and complete with a discussion based on a case-study.
Objectives of the course
The purpose of the course is to provide students with a general overview of the EC Competition Law and acquaint them with the principles and landmark cases. Parallel shall be drawn with the recent developments of the Bulgarian domestic Competition Law.
The Concept of Undertakings and Group Economic Units. Concept is developed by doctrine and by Court practice. Parallel between the EC and the domestic law doctrine.
Mannesman v. High Authority case
Suiker Unie v. Commission case (known as the Sugar Cartel case)
Pittsburgh Corning Europe case
Agreements, Decisions and Concerted Practices. European courts practice and the practice of the Bulgarian Commission on Protection of Competition.
Brasserie de Haecht v. Wilkin-Janssens
Ford v. Commission case
Sugar Cartel case
Commission v. Cement Producers
Exemptions. Conditions of Exemptions (positive and negative conditions). Group Exemptions and Individual Exemption. How this question is posed in the European doctrine and in the domestic doctrine? Comparative analysis. (Regulations of the European Commission - Regulation 17 and Merger Regulation)
Distillers Co. v. Commission case
VBVB and VBBB v. Commission case
Case-study: Woodpulp case
Exclusive distribution and purchasing agreements
The Concept of Dominance
United brands case
Maxicar and Others v. Renault case
Abuse and Abusive Exploitation
Case-study: Hoffmann-la Roche case
Comparison with the domestic law developments
This module is entirely left to the choice and creativity of students. They have to prepare short presentation on either a theoretical issue, or a case which may be out of the scope of lectures but in the field of Competition law. The presentation may encompass EC competition law or Bulgarian