6 ECTS credits
150 h study time

Offer 1 with catalog number 6006065FNR for all students in the 2nd semester at a (F) Master - specialised level.

Semester
2nd semester
Enrollment based on exam contract
Impossible
Grading method
Grading (scale from 0 to 20)
Can retake in second session
Yes
Taught in
English
Faculty
Faculty of Law and Criminology
Department
International and European Law
Educational team
Tony JORIS (course titular)
Activities and contact hours
39 contact hours Lecture
Course Content

The purpose of this case study is to provide some field experience to the students (how do things work in practice?; developing analytical and presentation skills; …). For this purpose, lawyers (tutors), all practising EU competition law in Brussels, will assist the students in clearing a European competition case. The idea is to draw up a hypothetical case, similar to ones the tutors are familiar with in their law firm activity.

1. The case study.

Each tutor will assist a group of 5 or 6 students, each student representing a party involved in the case. Example of parties in a European competition case: (i) Directorate-general for Competition of the European Commission, (ii) a national competition authority, (iii) company a, involved in a price cartel, (iv) company b, involved in the same price cartel, (v) company c, involved in the same price cartel, and (vi) company d, competitor of companies a, b and c.



Introduction meeting (VUB):

The case study will be distributed, together with supporting materials. All groups will receive the same case study. Prof. T. Joris and Prof. J. Faull will introduce the case to all the students. Immediately after this introduction, the groups will meet their tutor to discuss the case and to hear what is expected.



Progress meeting (office of the tutor):

The students will prepare an individual draft memorandum, summarising the issues relevant to their role. Each group will meet its tutor during a progress meeting. At this meeting the tutor will hear the students (as a group or separately) and see if they are on the right track.



Submission of memorandum:

The students will submit (electronically) their final individual memorandum, summarising the issues relevant to their role.



Oral hearing (office of the tutor):

Finally, an oral hearing will be organised. Each student will present (ten minutes) and defend (by answering questions, possibly also from other students and Prof. T. Joris) his/her memorandum. 



2. Student duties.



Each student will be present at the three meetings (introduction meeting / progress meeting / oral hearing). He/she participates actively during the introductory and progress meetings, writes an individual memorandum and presents his/her memorandum during the oral hearing.

3. Tutor duties.



The tutors will (re)direct the students during the introduction meeting and the progress meeting. They will raise questions during the oral hearing. Prof. T. Joris attends all meetings.

Course material
Practical course material (Required) : Case study on European competition law, Joris, T. (ed.), Latest edition, VUB
Additional info

In the beginning of the second semester, the students receive an information note explaining the case study.



The case study will take place during one week towards the end of the second semester:

Friday (or a few days earlier): introduction meeting;

Monday: progress meeting;

Wednesday: submission of final memorandum;

Friday: oral hearing.



The groups will not consult each other!

Hypothetical case study, together with supporting materials. No other documents are required.

Learning Outcomes

Algemene competenties

The purpose of this course is to provide field experience to the students (how do things work in practice?; developing analytical and presentation skills; …). For this purpose, lawyers (tutors), all practising EU competition law in Brussels, will assist the students in clearing a European competition case. The idea is to draw up a hypothetical case, similar to one the tutors are familiar with in their law firm activity.

The students are expected to learn how to prepare, at the request of a client company (as external counsel) or superior (as internal counsel or superior official of the European Commission), an advisory memorandum. This memorandum will be presented to the client/superior (tutor) at a public hearing.

When preparing their memorandum, the students will answer the following questions: who is my audience?; what are the legal issues involved?; what legal questions are asked by my client/superior?; and what documents do I have to rely on to make my case?

The case study is a practical exercise and a learning process, based on the theoretical knowledge, gathered in the course "European and international competition law".

The students will learn how to structure a memorandum, focusing on the legal issues involved and answering the questions put to them. At the oral presentation, the students will summarise their findings in a structured and fluent manner, and will answer questions, put to them by their client/superior (tutor), and possibly by other students and Prof. T. Joris.

Grading

The final grade is composed based on the following categories:
LEC Presentation determines 50% of the final mark.
LEC Paper determines 50% of the final mark.

Within the LEC Presentation category, the following assignments need to be completed:

  • Presentation with a relative weight of 1 which comprises 50% of the final mark.

    Note: Presentation memorandum

Within the LEC Paper category, the following assignments need to be completed:

  • Memorandum with a relative weight of 1 which comprises 50% of the final mark.

    Note: Memorandum

Additional info regarding evaluation

Oral hearing: each student will present (ten minutes) and defend (by answering questions) his/her memorandum.



The students will be graded on the basis of two criteria: memorandum (50%)  and presentation at the oral hearing (50%). The final grade will be announced after the deliberation.

Examples of questions: the exam questions depend on the content of the case, on the memorandum and the oral presentation by the student.



Students who fail this course (or do not participate in all three meetings) in the first exam session will be referred to the second exam session (August/September). They will write and defend a new memorandum, representing another party.

Academic context

This offer is part of the following study plans:
Master of Laws in International and European Law: Standaard traject