Competition Law and Social Inequalities

Unibo structure involved: Department of Legal Studies - DSG
Scientific manager: Pietro Manzini
Unibo Team: Pietro Manzini, Giacomo di Federico, Claudia Desogus, Mauro Gatti, Rosario Federico, Federica Ferrrari, Jennifer Tuzii, Nicola Bergamaschi
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Erasmus+ Action type: Jean Monnet Activities Jean Monnet Academic Modules
Project reference: 619886-EPP-1-2020-1-IT-EPPJMO-MODULE
Start Date: 24 October 2020
End Date: 23 October 2023
Budget:      Total:  € 26,667.90   UNIBO: 26,667.90 


The proposal aims at contributing to the current European and international debate on the relation between competition rules and social inequalities. The module will consist of a 30-hour trimestral course held each of the three years and a 10-hour cycle of seminars different for each of the three years. The course is designed for law and political science students. The module will be taught in English in order to reach the widest audience of international students. The seminars will address students from law and other departments, practitioners, public administrators, staff of political parties and trade unions. Two events will be organized: a conference open to practitioners, students and scholars and a study visit to the ECJ. The module intends to open up new horizons of scientific research and to offer teaching opportunities for new researchers and practitioners on European issues. The underlying assumption is the necessity and feasibility of rethinking the EU competition policy in order to foster the progressive redistribution of wealth in Europe. It is intended to constitute a first core of teaching and research to analyze the relationship between competition law and social inequality in the European Union. The methodology will not be limited to the exegesis of legal texts and judgments. On the contrary, the economic, historical and philosophical profiles of antitrust and its interaction with new technologies will be explored. The focus of the proposed activities will be on: the goals and tools of antitrust legislation; the values of the European Treaties; the analysis of inequalities stemming from the use of market power; the problem of price discrimination due to the practice of profiling users; the possibility to enforce antitrust rules according to a social agenda; the opportunity to rethink the method of setting fines in accordance to firms’ dimension; the value of privacy in the digital era; the inequality aspects of tax rulings.