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Competition Law LAW334


The free market promotes competition between commercial enterprises, but there are times when companies act in a way that stifles competition. Competition Law regulates these forms of anti-competitive behaviour to ensure that consumers get the benefits of the free market.

This Unit will provide you with an overview of the major themes of competition law. It will enable you to analyse and critique the restrictive trade practices provisions of the Competition and Consumer Law Act 2010 (Cth) (CCA), including access to essential services, horizontal and vertical agreements, abuse of market power, merger law and policy, and applicable remedies. It also considers the relationship between Competition Law and other areas of law, and introduces diverging practices in other jurisdictions. The Unit builds on students’ legal research, analytical and problem-solving skills.


Unit name Competition Law
Unit code LAW334
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Discipline Law
Coordinator Associate Professor Jane Nielsen
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the theoretical bases behind the competition law, and how this informs the concepts that underpin relevant legislative provisions.
  • Identify and explain the key elements of the restrictive trade practice provisions, and apply them to complex factual scenarios.
  • Critically analyse contentious areas of competition law, and assess their impact on various stakeholders and policy reform.
  • Communicate complex legislation and case law, using plain English writing.

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50 credit points of Intermediate Law core


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