Relaxing whilst doing Competition Law is not an Oxymoron

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With today’s announcement that Harvard University will soon endorse an “open-access” policy for academic publications, I thought time was ripe to post something on recent interesting publications (including my own  :).

There’s a new journal coming, The Journal of Antitrust Enforcement, Oxford University Press. A label of quality => the journal is edited by Ariel Ezrachi  (Oxford CCLP) and William Kovacic  (George Washington University). More here.

A new GCLC book  is out: “The Role of the Court of Justice of the EU in Competition Law Cases”, M. Merola & J. Derenne (eds), Bruylant. As the title suggests, the book contains papers on issues related to judicial review, in all areas of EU competition law. The list of authors is impressive, not least because my co-blogger is in. Topics covered include effectiveness, intensity and scope of judicial review, specialized courts, expert economic evidence, effects-based standards and legal certainty. A must read: Alfonso and Luis Ortiz Blanco’s  paper. In short, they advocate that “legal certainty is hardly compatible with effects-based enforcement“. This view, which still holds sway in most of the Brussels legal community, would certainly deserve to be further discussed and researched (through, for instance, a survey with in-house counsels).

Finally, on a market where the “Whish” remains by far the dominant player, a maverick has made entry : It is entitled “EU Competition Law and Economics“. It is edited by Oxford University Press. And it was written by Damien Geradin, Anne Layne-Farrar and myself. This is the first edition, yet the end of a long story. Our goal has been to integrate as much basic, non quantitative economics into the book.  Given that we will shortly start working again on the next iteration, we’d be glad to have your comments.

One last puzzling thing: in OUP ‘s catalogue competition law titles are classified under the category Public International Law…

PS: I forgot a piece of importance, i.e. a book on Vertical and Distribution Agreements in EU Competition Law edited with my colleague and friend Charles Gheur, from the Brussels School of Competition.

Written by Nicolas Petit

26 April 2012 at 7:06 pm