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LAWS437 Competition Law

A study of the law and economic theory relating to anti-competitive business practices. Selected topics include cartels, monopolies and mergers.

Competition Law (also called Antitrust Law) is concerned with efforts by traders to restrict competition at the expense of rivals, consumers and society at large. The law in this field is found in the Commerce Act 1986, as amplified by decisions of the Commerce Commission and the Courts. This paper examines the economic effects and legality of anticompetitive practices, such as cartels, joint ventures, resale price maintenance, exclusive dealing and bundling, tying, exclusive distribution and monopolisation. Mergers will also be covered, as will the exemption ("authorisation") process. Economics and political economy play a significant role in this course but both are confined to an elementary level.

Paper title Competition Law
Paper code LAWS437
Subject Law
EFTS 0.1
Points 15 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $710.30
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96 LAWS points
Pre or Corequisite
Any 200-level LAWS paper not already passed
Limited to
LLB, LLB(Hons)
Not all optional papers will be available in any given year.
Teaching staff
Professor Rex Ahdar

Course readings via eReserve.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

For students entering practice, this paper provides valuable knowledge of the economic effects and legality of anticompetitive practices, such as

  • Cartels
  • Group boycotts
  • Resale price maintenance
  • Exclusive dealing and tying
  • Monopolisation

Mergers and acquisitions will also be covered, as will the exemption or "authorisation" process.

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Not offered in 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system