Global Competition Law at King's
The Dickson Poon School of Law has a large community of competition lawyers and economists that includes permanent and visiting academic staff, LLB, LLM, Diploma, MA and PhD students.
Academic staff have experience of working as practising lawyers or economists in law firms, corporates, economic consultancies, regulatory agencies and/or competition authorities. Staff are involved in teaching and cutting-edge research across a wide range of competition law, economics and policy as well as regulatory issues. The Centre for Competition Law supports a variety of activities throughout the academic year, including conferences in London and in Brussels; regular lectures; research assistantships; prizes for the best student papers and the chance to work directly with members on research and projects.
- Peter Alexiadis (Gibson Dunn and Visiting Professor),
- Andrea Appella (Deputy General Counsel for Europe & Asia at 21st Century Fox and Visiting Professor)
- David Bailey (Brick Court Chambers and Visiting Professor)
- Professor Andrea Biondi
- Margaret Bloom CBE (Visiting Professor)
- Michael Bowsher QC (Monckton Chambers)
- Christopher Brown (Matrix Chambers)
- David Elliot (Visiting Professor)
- Fabio Falconi (Financial Conduct Authority)
- Jonathan Faull (Honorary Professor)
- Leo Flynn (Legal Service, European Commission)
- Robin Griffith (ex Clifford Chance)
- Professor Sir Francis Jacobs
- Professor Alison Jones
- Massimiliano Kadar (European Commission)
- Professor William Kovacic
- Dr José Luis Buendía Sierra (Garrigues)
- Eric Morrisson (Chief Economist Division, UK, Financial Conduct Authority)
- Professor Renato Nazzini
- Dr Chris Townley
- Judge Marc van der Woude (EU General Court and Visiting Professor)
- Professor Richard Whish QC Hons (Emeritus Professor)
- Wouter Wils (Hearing Officer at the European Commission and Visiting Professor)
- Dr Angela Zhang
In addition to publishing a number of leading texts and monographs in the competition law sphere, competition law staff at King's are engaged in a wide range of research and regularly contribute chapters to prestigious edited collections and articles to peer-reviewed law journals. Staff also disseminate their work by participating in conferences around the globe and engaging with competition agencies.
King's competition lawyers have published a wide range of books including:
Bailey, David (with Laura John, eds) Bellamy and Child European Union Law of Competition, Oxford University Press
- Faull, Jonathan and Nikpay, Ali The EU Law of Competition, Oxford University Press
- Jones, Alison (with Brenda Sufrin) EU Competition Law: Text, Cases, and Materials, Oxford University Press
- Kovacic, William E. (with Ernest Gellhorn and Stephen Calkins) Antitrust Law and Economics, Thomson West
- Nazzini, Renato Competition Enforcement and Procedure, Oxford University Press
- Nazzini, Renato The Foundations of European Union Competition Law: The Objective and Principles of Article 102, Oxford University Press
- Nazzini, Renato, Concurrent Proceedings in Competition Law: Procedure, Evidence and Remedies, Oxford University Press
- Nazzini, Renato (with Blanke, Gordon, eds), International Competition Litigation, Kluwer Law International
- Townley, C. Article 81 EC and Public Policy, Hart Publishing
- Whish, Richard & Bailey, David, Competition Law, Oxford University Press
- Wils, Wouter PJ. Efficiency and Justice in European Antitrust Enforcement, Hart Publishing
- Wils, Wouter PJ. Principles of European Antitrust Enforcement, Hart Publishing
You can find details of some of our further publications, on our King’s web pages and our SSRN author pages, but they include:
- P. Alexiadis, ‘Forging a European Competition Policy Response to Online Platforms’, Peter Alexadis, May 2017
- P. Alexiadis, ‘Balancing the Application of Ex Post and Ex Ante Disciplines under Community Law in Electronic Communications Markets: Square Pegs in Round Holes?’, chapter in Rights and Remedies in a Liberalised and Competitive Internal Market (edited by Eugène Buttigieg, Jean Monnet Professor, University of Malta – currently Judge in the General Court Luxembourg), March 2012
- D. Bailey, ‘Reinvigorating the role of Article 101(3) under Regulation 1/2003' (2016) 81 Antitrust Law Journal 401
- D. Bailey, ‘The new frontiers of Article 102 TFEU: antitrust imperialism or judicious intervention?’ (2018) 6 Journal of Antitrust Enforcement 25
- A. Biondi, ‘Brexit and State Aid: Four Quartets, Competition Law journal 2018.1.
- A. Biondi, ‘Towards a theory of selectivity of fiscal measures’, K Lenaerts (eds) Liber Amicorum Judge Tizzano, Giuffre Milan, 2018
- A. Biondi, ‘Evidence on state aid and Brexit’ House of Lords EU Committee. ‘Brexit: competition and State aid.’ 12th Report of Session 2017-19 - published 2 February 2018 - HL Paper 67
- A. Biondi, ‘The Notice of the notion of aid: every light has its shadow’ (with S Oana) in B. Nascinmbene (eds.)‘The Modernization of State Aid Control’, Springer, 2018
- A. Biondi, ‘Every family is the same, Every family is different: state aid an free movement, in Buendia Sierra and Buts (Eds) Milestones in State aid law, Lexxion 2017
- F Falconi, L Suhr, ‘The Application of European Competition Law in the Financial Services Sector’ (2018) Journal of European Competition Law & Practice
- A. Jones, Private Enforcement of EU Competition Law: A Comparison with, and Lessons from, the US in M Bergström, M Iacovides, M Strand (eds), Harmonising EU Competition Litigation: The New Directive and Beyond (Hart Publishing, 2016), winner 2017 Antitrust Academic Writing Awards (Procedure) [available here].
- A. Jones and M. de la Mano, ‘Vertical Intrabrand Agreements under EU Competition Law: Proposals for Pushing Article 101 Analysis, and the Modernization Process, to a Logical Conclusion’ in D Healey and M Jacobs (Edward Elgar, forthcoming)
- A. Jones, ‘Antitrust Appraisal of Vertical Agreements in the ASEAN Economic Community: Proposals for a More Harmonised Approach’ in B. Ong (ed), The Regionalisation of Competition Law and Policy in ASEAN, (Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming), TLI Think! Paper 48/2016,
- King's College London Law School Research Paper No. 2017-01
- A. Jones and W.E. Kovacic, 'Identifying Anticompetitive Agreement in the United States and the European Union: Developing a Coherent Antitrust Analytical Framework’  Antitrust Bulletin (forthcoming)
- W.E. Kovacic, P. Mavroidix and D. Neven, Merger Control Procedures and Institutions: A Comparison of the EU and US Practice Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies Research Paper No. 2014/20, GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2014-3, GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2014-3, Columbia Law and Economics Working Paper No. 476
- R. Nazzini, 'Level Discrimination and FRAND Commitments under EU Competition Law' (2017) 40 World Competition (forthcoming)
- R. Nazzini, 'Judicial Review after KME: An Even Stronger Case for the Reform that Will Never Be' (2015) 40 European Law Review 490 - 508
- R. Nazzini, 'Google and the (Ever-stretching) Boundaries of Article 102' (2015) 6 Journal of European Competition Law & Practice 301 - 313
- C. Townley, Co-ordinated Diversity: Revolutionary Suggestions for EU Competition Law (and for EU Law too) (2014) 33 Yearbook of European Law 1, King's College London Law School Research Paper No. 2014-13
- R. Whish, ‘Brexit and EU Competition Policy’ Editorial, (2016) 7(5) Journal of European Competition Law and Practice 297-8
- R. Whish ‘Article 102 and de minimis’ (2016) 15 Competition Law Journal 53
- A. Zhang and J. Liu, Judging in Europe: Do Legal Traditions Matter? TLI Think! Paper 23/2016, King's College London Law School Research Paper No. 2016-13
- A. Zhang, The Faceless Court, 38 University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law 71 (2016)
- A. Zhang, Taming the Chinese Leviathan: Is Antitrust Regulation a False Hope? 51 Stanford Journal of International Law 195 (2015)
- A. Zhang, The Antitrust Paradox of China Inc., New York University Journal of International Law and Politics (2017 forthcoming)
- A. Zhang, Strategic Public Shaming: Evidence from Chinese Antitrust (forthcoming)
Studying Competition Law
As well as providing formal teaching and research activities, competition law staff support LLB, LLM and PhD students by providing careers events, careers advice, extra-curricular lectures and other public conferences and lunchtime lectures. These events provide opportunities for students to meet fellow students, practitioners and public officials working within the competition sphere.
Competition law staff also engage with practitioners, alumni and other academics through a range of public events, which include lecture series, conferences (held in London, Brussels and Ithaca) and alumni events. Details of future and past events can be found on the Centre of European Law’s website.
Herbert Smith Freehills Competition Law Moot
A range of competition law modules are on offer at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. On our LLM programme, for example, we currently offer a number of modules (including courses on EU Competition Law, UK Competition Law, US Antitrust Law, New Systems of Competition Law, , State Aid and State Regulation, Public Procurement, Competition Law and Regulated Network Industries, Competition Law in Financial Sectors, Competition, Intellectual Property and the Media Industry, Competition Enforcement and Procedure, Economics of Competition Law and Advanced Merger Economics for Lawyers) and two practice projects.
Please see the online prospectus for the most up-to-date information.
Engagement with external stakeholders
The competition law group have engaged closely with the question of how Brexit will impact on competition law, and EU law more generally.
Richard Whish is one of the seven members of The Brexit Competition Law Working Group, chaired by Sir John Vickers.
David Bailey co-authored the Commercial Bar Association's paper on competition and Alison Jones spoke on a panel on ‘The Implications of Brexit for UK competition law’ at the ABA Antitrust Section Spring Meeting, Washington DC, March 2017. She has also published a short paper on the issue.
The Centre of European Law has held a seminar series on what Brexit means.
Comment on EU Referendum
'We, the Competition Law staff at King's College London, wish to reassure our current and future students, our alumni and our many friends and colleagues in the world of competition law and policy that we remain fully committed to the high quality teaching of, and research into, all aspects of competition law and policy, including the law of the EU.
We must wait and see how the next chapter in the Brexit story unfolds. Whatever happens, however, our commitment to the crucial subject of EU Competition Law will be undiminished and we will continue to play a leading role both in teaching it and researching into all of its fascinating aspects.'
See King's FAQ page for further information.
Awards and honours
Members of the competition law team work closely with competition agencies, international competition law networks or professional associations across the globe.
For example, Professor Kovacic is a Non-Executive Director with the United Kingdom’s Competition and Markets Authority. From January 2009 to September 2011, he was Vice-Chair for Outreach for the International Competition Network. He advises many countries and international organisations on antitrust, consumer protection, government contracts, and the design of regulatory institutions. Professor Whish also spends a lot of time with various public authorities, including the CMA, OFGEM, OFWAT, OFCOM, the European Commission, the Irish Competition Authority, the Hong Kong Communications Authority, The Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority, the South African Competition Tribunal, the Argentinian Competition Commission, the Norwegian Competition Authority, and the Swedish Competition Authority. Professor Nazzini is a non-governmental adviser to the International Competition Network and works closely with the Italian competition authority (and has organised a series of workshops with them). Visiting Professor Bailey is Standing Counsel to both the CMA and the Hong Kong Competition Commission; a non-governmental adviser to the International Competition Network and has spoken to a number of competition authorities, including those in the UK, Finland, Belgium, Italy, Norway and the European Commission.
In September 2016 Dr Angela Zhang organised a bespoke three-day training programme for members of the Chinese competition authority at King's. This was delivered (with the help of a translator) by Dr Zhang, Professor Whish, Professor Kovacic, Professor Jones and Dr Townley.
Dr Zhang has also hosted and organised a series of public Law and Economics workshops.
Our alumni are active in Brussels, India and Hong Kong. In Brussels there is a KCL Alumni in Belgium European and Competition Law Speakers Series.
Please get in touch with our Alumni Office if you are holding alumni events elsewhere and/or would like to be put in touch with other alumni groups.