Asian Competition Policy and Law

Subject LAWS70416 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 7 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2016.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: The total class time is between 24 and 26 hours.
Total Time Commitment:

The pre-teaching period commences four weeks before the subject commencement date. From this time, students are expected to access and review the Reading Guide that will be available from the LMS subject page and the subject materials provided by the subject coordinator, which will be available from Melbourne Law School. Refer to the Reading Guide for confirmation of which resources need to be read and what other preparation is required before the teaching period commences.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Applicants without legal qualifications should note that subjects are offered in the discipline of law at an advanced graduate level. While every effort will be made to meet the needs of students trained in other fields, concessions will not be made in the general level of instruction or assessment. Most subjects assume the knowledge usually acquired in a degree in law (LLB, JD or equivalent). Applicants should note that admission to some subjects in the Melbourne Law Masters will be dependent upon the individual applicant’s educational background and professional experience.

Non Allowed Subjects:
Core Participation Requirements:

The Melbourne Law Masters welcomes applications from students with disabilities. The inherent academic requirements for study in the Melbourne Law Masters are:

  • The ability to attend a minimum of 75% of classes and actively engage in the analysis and critique of complex materials and debate;
  • The ability to read, analyse and comprehend complex written legal materials and complex interdisciplinary materials;
  • The ability to clearly and independently communicate in writing a knowledge and application of legal principles and interdisciplinary materials and to critically evaluate these;
  • The ability to clearly and independently communicate orally a knowledge and application of legal principles and interdisciplinary materials and critically evaluate these;
  • The ability to work independently and as a part of a group;
  • The ability to present orally and in writing legal analysis to a professional standard.

Students who feel their disability will inhibit them from meeting these inherent academic requirements are encouraged to contact the Disability Liaison Unit:


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Subject Overview:

Competition policy and law is emerging as a significant field of policy and practice in the Asia-Pacific region. Taught by one of the leading scholars in Asian competition law, this subject seeks to examine the political economy surrounding competition policy in a number of key East Asian jurisdictions. The selected aspects extant competition laws, guidelines and important decisions made by competition agencies and the courts will be analysed to identify whether and to what extent these regimes conform to prevailing global competition norms. Jurisdictions to be studied include South Korea, Japan, China and Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia.

Principal topics include:

  • Identification of the variety and complexity of factors that make up the political economy environment in Asian jurisdictions and the differences between them in each jurisdiction
  • Competition policy objectives
  • The form and nature of the competition law and in each jurisdiction
  • The principal features of the competition statutes and guidelines
  • Role and function of the enforcement agency and the courts
  • Assessment of effectiveness of enforcement, including analysis of decided cases
  • Assessment of compliance with international norms.
Learning Outcomes:

A student who has successfully completed this subject will:

  • Have a sophisticated appreciation of the political economy factors surrounding competition policy formation and execution in the major Asian economies
  • Have an advanced understanding of the key features of the prevailing legal regimes in the jurisdictions studied
  • Be able to critically analyse and engage in informed debate about the extent to which the extant systems conform to internationally accepted norms
  • Be able to assess in a sophisticated and applied way complexities and risks associated with compliance with regulatory systems from the perspective of a multinational corporation.
  • Class participation (10%)
  • 8,000 word research paper (90%) (25 November) on a topic approved by the subject coordinator
Prescribed Texts:

Core subject materials will be provided free of charge to all students. Some subjects require further texts to be purchased. Visit the Melbourne Law Masters website for more information about this subject.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
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This subject has a quota of 30 students. Please refer to the website for further information about the management of subject quotas and waitlists.

Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Asian Law
Graduate Diploma in Competition and Consumer Law
Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies
Master of Commercial Law
Master of Competition and Consumer Law
Master of Laws
Master of Public and International Law

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