• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Alexander Bruce
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2019
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This course is intended to provide students who have not previously studied competition law, with an introduction to the legal, economic and regulatory foundations of competition law and policy in Australia.  

This course will look at the way firms attempt to exercise market power or otherwise attempt to manipulate the market in order to eliminate or substantially lessen competition; to the detriment of consumers.  And it’s about how the Federal government attempts to prevent this sort of anticompetitive conduct through enforcement of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) (“the CCA”).  

But since firms are controlled by people, at another level, this course is really about greed for profit, lust for power, blatant manipulation, secret factions, ruthless betrayal, spiteful vengeance, high-handed arrogance, ludicrous corporate rationalizations, political farce and the occasional win for justice.

The last five years have seen an extraordinary amount of legislative change to Australia’s competition and consumer protection regimes and in 2010, the Trade Practices Amendment (Australian Consumer Law) Act (No 2) 2010 (Cth) (“the Amendment Act’) introduced the Australian Consumer Law.  Although the Amendment Act does not affect the restrictive trade practices regime, it did rename the former Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cth) (“the CCA”).

From 1 January 2011, the CCA was re-named as the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) ("the CCA") and it is this legislation that will be explored in this course. In particular, it will focus on Part IV of the CCA; the Part that prohibits various forms of anticompetitive conduct.

 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Identify and explain the foundation principles of Australia’s National Competition Policy (“NCP”) and the role of the CCA in the NCP;
  2. Identify, interpret and explain the economic concepts behind the anti-competitive conduct prohibitions in Part IV of the CCA;
  3. Identify, critically analyse and apply the elements that must be satisfied in order to establish a contravention of Part IV of the CCA; and
  4. Critically examine, evaluate and use the principal case-authorities involving Part IV of the CCA to demonstrate master of knowledge and understanding of the way in which courts have interpreted the elements of Part IV of the CCA;
  5. Identify, critically evaluate and apply to complex situations, the ways in which contraventions of the anticompetitive provisions of the CCA are addressed through the penalties and remedies in the CCA;
  6. Interpret and critically evaluate the enforcement program of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (“the ACCC”) and the ways in which the ACCC seeks to ensure compliance with the CCA; and
  7. Apply research principles and methods to identify recent developments in competition law and critically reflect on the significance of those developments.

Other Information

This is an intensive course with a 4 day compulsory intensive (see LLM timetable for dates).

Approximately 6 weeks from the completion of the intensive your final assessment will be due. Contact with fellow students and the convenor, both prior to the intensive and after, is conducted via the Wattle course site.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Assessment for this course will likely consist of: (null) [LO null]
  2. Take home exam 1 (50%) (50) [LO null]
  3. Take home exam 2 (50%) (50) [LO null]
  4. Students must rely on the approved Course Study Guide which will be posted to the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course. (null) [LO null]

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Workload

26 hours of face to face teaching (4 day intensive). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours. 

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Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Master of Laws (7300XLLM, MLLM), Master of Laws specialising in International Law (7300XSINTL), Master of Laws specialising in Law, Governance and Development (7300SLGD), Master of Laws specialising in Environmental Law (7300SEVNL), Master of Laws specialising in Government and Commercial Law (7300SGCL), Master of Laws specialising in International Security Law (7300SISL), Master of Laws in Migration (NLLML), Master of Laws in International Law (NLLIL), Master of Laws in Environmental Law (NLLEN), Master of Laws in Law, Governance & Development (NLLGD), Master of Laws in International Security Law (NLLSL), Master of Laws in Government and Regulation (NLLGR), Master of Laws (Legal Practice) (7312XLLMLP), Master of Diplomacy/Master of Laws (7883SINTL), Master of Legal Practice (MLEGP), Master of International Law (7310XMINTL), Master of Environmental Law (7309XMENVL), Master of Law, Governance & Development (7317XMLGD), Master of International Security Law (7318XMISL), Master of Government and Commercial Law (7313XMGCL); OR Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD) and have completed or be completing five 1000 level LAWS courses or five 6100 level LAWS courses; OR Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions; OR Master of Military Law (MMILL); OR Juris Doctor - online (MJDOL) and have completed LAWS8712 Australian Public Law & International Law B. Students undertaking any ANU graduate program may apply for this course. Enrolments are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the ANU College of Law for permission number.

Prescribed Texts

The prescribed text for this course is: 
  • Alex Bruce: Australian Competition Law, 2nd ed, 2013, LexisNexis Butterworths, Sydney

Preliminary Reading

Students must rely on the approved Course Study Guide which will be posted to the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.

An e-brick will be available on the Wattle course site.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
3
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9816 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person N/A

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