Presentation of the LL.M. in Competition Law and Economics
With the creation of the Brussels School of Competition (BSC) in 2010, the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium (FEB) launched the first Brussels-based course ever devoted entirely to competition law and economics.
Over the last 5 years, the BSC programme attracted about 400 participants, thereby confirming the strong demand for professional training in competition law and economics. Interestingly, the background of our students is very diverse: corporate lawyers, civil servants, economic consultants and foreign students.
The Brussels School of Competition in a nutshell
Brussels is not only home to the European Commission and a key meeting place for national competition enforcement authorities, it also serves as the European headquarters for major Belgian and international businesses, law firms and economic consultancies. As a result, Brussels is unquestionably one of the world’s antitrust capitals.
The BSC capitalises on this wealth of competition expertise to offer a specialised study programme in EU competition law and economics.
In recent years, demand for professional training in competition law (conferences, seminars, workshops, etc.) has increased exponentially, driven to a large extent by the challenges posed by (i) the growing influence of economic theory in competition proceedings; and (ii) the importance of competition « compliance » within companies. Given the current economic context, competition lawyers have also been eager to supplement their substantive knowledge and hone their professional skills.
Since the creation
of the BSC in 2010
the BSC programme
over the last 5 years
Ambition of the programme
The LL.M. programme has 5 unique defining features :
- It offers practical training, thanks to an experienced contingent of competition lawyers, economic consultants, and senior officials
- It provides high-level lectures taught by outstanding academics
- It embraces a modern approach to training, fully reflecting the interdisciplinary nature (law and economics) of competition policy
- It proposes a flexible training programme compatible with the requirements of professional practice
- It gives its students opportunities to socialise and meet fellow competition professionals on a regular basis
And has 2 main objectives :
- To prepare fresh graduates for entry in the demanding
- To provide an upgrade for established competition experts
on contemporary developments in law, economics and policy
Foundators of BSC
In response to this demand, Charles Gheur (Burson-Marsteller) and Professor Nicolas Petit (University of
Liege) established in 2010 the Brussels School of Competition (BSC). The three goals of the BSC are to
foster education, compliance and research in the field of competition law and economics. As part of its
educational purpose, the BSC organises since 2010 a high-profile, specialised course (in English) in EU
competition law and economics.