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Centre for Competition Law

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.

 

Members 

  • 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
Research

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. 

Books

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

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You can find details of some of our further publications, on our King’s web pages and our SSRN author pages, but they include:

Events

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. 

Studying Competition Law

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.

Herbert Smith Freehills Competition Law Moot

Since 2014, King’s College London has coordinated, organised and hosted the international mooting competition, the Herbert Smith Freehills Competition Law Moot.

Herbert Smith Freehills Competition Law Moot hosted with King's College London

Brexit

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.

Engagement with external stakeholders

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. 

Awards and honours Alumni 

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. 

 

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