LAW5312 - Competition law - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Chief examiner(s)

John Duns (1st Offering)
George Raitt (2nd Offering)

Quota applies

Postgraduate programs are based on a model of small group teaching and therefore class sizes need to be restricted.

Unit guides


City (Melbourne)

  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)
  • Trimester 3 2019 (On-campus)


LAW5000 or LAW5080 or LAW5081


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Previously coded as LAW7056


The unit examines the competition provisions of the Australian Competition and Consumer legislation. Topics to be discussed include the rationale and objectives of competition law; mergers; misuse of market power; anti-competitive agreements; exclusive dealing; resale price maintenance; penalties and remedies; authorisation and notification.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. apply knowledge of, and understanding of recent developments in relation to Australian competition law with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice, including assessment of when conduct substantially lessens competition;
  2. investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in relation to the legal principles which govern Australia's competition laws and the competing schools of thought on the objectives of competition law;
  3. conduct research in competition law based on knowledge of appropriate research principle and methods;
  4. use cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate at an abstract level complex ideas and concepts relevant to competition law; and
  5. to develop awareness of the role of law in regulating and facilitating commercial transactions.


Class participation: 10%

Research assignment (3750 words): 50%

Take-home examination (3000 words): 40%

Workload requirements

24 contact hours per semester (either intensive, semi-intensive or semester long, depending on the Faculty resources, timetabling and requirements)