Handbook on European Competition Law

Handbook on European Competition Law

Enforcement and Procedure

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Edited by Ioannis Lianos and Damien Geradin

Handbook on European Competition Law: Enforcement and Procedure sets out in detail the procedural aspects of EU competition law, ranging from fines, remedies and judicial review. It also gives unique insight into both private and public enforcement of completion law, and offers commentary on the relationship between EU competition law and national competition law, and on the relationship between competition law and private international law.

Chapter 8: EU competition law and private international law: a developing relationship

Barry J. Rodger

Subjects: economics and finance, competition policy, law - academic, competition and antitrust law, european law


Twenty years ago, dual specialism in competition law and private international law may have been perceived as eccentric, with little scope for synergy in the study and practice of these two apparently unrelated areas of the law. Traditionally, competition law, notably at the EU level, has focused on administrative enforcement (by the European Commission) of rules (now primarily in Articles 101 and 102 TFEU), essentially viewed as public law norms regulating markets in the public interest. On the other hand, private international law consisted primarily of domestic national rules for courts dealing with private law civil disputes between parties involving an international element, where the issues concerned the appropriate forum (‘rules of jurisdiction’) or law (‘rules on applicable law’) to determine the dispute.

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