Course Outline
Outline of the CIRC Certificate Course on Competition Policy and Law
First four modules form part of the Certificate Course on Competition Policy and Law. All the eight modules would be covered in the Diploma Course on Competition Policy and Law.

  • Module 1: Markets and Competition

  • Module 2: Evolution of Competition Law and Policy

  • Module 3: Substative Provisions of Indian Competition Act

  • Module 4: Competition Law Interface

  • 1: Markets and Competition

    This module provides an outlook of the economy in which the competition law operates. It introduces competition policy and concepts of competition law to the readers, while discussing in detail the effect of various business legislations and market structures on the competition processes.

    • Unit 1: Introduction to Business Laws in India

    The first unit helps the participants to understand the business environment of India and appreciate the interaction between various laws governing business entities and the competition law.

    • Unit 2: Introduction to Economic Concepts

    The second unit deals with the basic concepts of economics which are critical in understanding the market structure and behaviour of different market players in the economy.

    • Unit 3: Introduction to Competition Law and Competition Policy

    The third unit introduces the participants to competition law and competition policy which will help them in analysing various issues coming under the domain.

    Module 2: Evolution of Competition Law and Policy

    This module will cover the evolution and emergence of competition law at global level and emergence of related regional frameworks. It will also cover the growth and changes related to competition law in emerging economies. Evolution of Indian competition law and its salient features will be dealt in detail.

    • Unit 1: Evolution of Competition Law and Policy: Global Experience

    The first unit deals with the discussion on the evolution of competition law and policy globally. This unit will help the participants to understand the relative similarities and variations in the competition laws across the national or regional boundaries.

    • Unit 2: Introduction to Competition Law and Policy in India

    The second unit discusses the paradigm shift from the earlier MRTP regime to current competition law regime in India. It will cover the reasons which led to this shift and will also highlight the steps being taken to adopt a competition policy framework in India.

    • Unit 3: Salient Features of Indian Competition Act

    The third unit will provide salient features of the Indian Competition Act 2002. Dealing with the administrative and organisational set up under the Act, it will help the participants to understand the working of the competition law and analysing substantive issues coming under the domain.

    Module 3: Substantive Provisions of Indian Competition Act

    This module seeks to achieve an understanding of the substantive provisions of the Competition Act, 2002. The three areas of abuse of dominance, anti - competitive agreements and regulation of combinations have been dealt in detail.

    • Unit 1: Anticompetitive Agreements

    The first unit details the issue of anti-competitive agreements, Horizontal and Vertical types of anti-competitive agreements, effect of these agreements on competition and examples and case laws related to the different types of anti-competition agreements. The unit will also discuss standards of proof and tests for analysing the anticompetitive effects of anti-competitive agreements.

    • Unit 2: Abuse of Dominance

    The second unit will help participants understand the provisions related to abuse of dominance in India. The unit holds a detailed discussion on meaning of ‘Dominant Position’, factors that are considered for determining ‘Dominance’ and what constitutes ‘Abuse of Dominance’. The discussions in the unit will also include the different forms of abuses by a dominant enterprise with related examples and case laws.

    • Unit 3: Regulation of Combinations

    This unit will provide the salient features of the Indian Competition Act dealing with regulation of combinations. First discussing the types of combinations (mergers, amalgamation and acquisitions), the unit defines the need for regulation. The unit also compares the Indian scenario with international with respect to regulation of combinations. Provisions of the Competition Act 2002 with respect to determining ‘appreciable adverse effect on competition’ and the procedure for regulatory approvals from CCI are discussed in detail.

    Module 4: Indian Competition Act - Substantive Provisions

    This module will deal with the interface of competition law with business strategy, interface of competition authority with the other regulatory authorities present in India and other emerging issues related to the competition law in India.

    • Unit 1: Interface between Competition Law and Business Strategy

    The first unit deals with the discussion related to interface of competition law with business strategy. It will introduce the readers to the various aspects of business strategy and then will relate those aspects with the competition law. It will also explain the importance of taking effective measures to comply with competition law in light of internationalisation of competition law while introducing the concepts of competition compliance programme.

    • Unit 2: Regulation of Agreements in India

    The second unit will help participants understand the complex interface and overlap between the competition commission and the sectoral regulators. It will also cover the international trends and approaches in other jurisdictions to bring out various options for resolving the conflicts arising due to overlap between the competition authority and sector regulators.

    • Unit 3: Regulation of Combinations in India

    The third unit will cover various emerging issues in light of enforcement of the Indian Competition Act. It will also cover the advocacy approach of the CCI, approach in levying penalties and other issues that emerged after enforcement of the Act. Other important topics like issue of relevant turnover, vexatious litigation as an antitrust concern and interface with IP will also be discussed briefly in this unit.