Trade and Competition Law in the EU and Beyond
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Trade and Competition Law in the EU and Beyond

Edited by Inge Govaere, Reinhard Quick and Marco Bronckers

This well-documented book comprises a stellar cast of European and American authors delivering an overview of cutting edge issues in the areas of trade and competition law, arising in the EU and beyond.
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Chapter 27: Public and Private Enforcement of Competition Law

José Rivas

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JOBNAME: Trade and Competitio PAGE: 3 SESS: 46 OUTPUT: Mon Jun 20 16:16:16 2011 27. Public and private enforcement of competition law José Rivas 27.1 INTRODUCTION I first met Jacques back in 1986 when I was a student at the College of Europe (Bruges, Belgium) and he was my professor. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined then that one day I would be contributing to Jacques’ liber amicorum! More recently, I have had the personal and professional pleasure of interacting with Jacques as members of the Executive Committee of the Global Competition Law Centre. As a newcomer to this group it is a privilege to be guided and inspired by Jacques’ observations and remarks. In between these two dates, I have come across Jacques at conferences (on both sides of the Atlantic), at academic events, as a Commission official, as a practitioner, etc. I have also had the pleasure of meeting members of his family (all eminent lawyers), notably Hendrik, who is also a contributor to this well-merited book. I will not dwell on the high caliber of Jacques as an academic and practitioner. Others have already done so much better than I could aspire to. However, I want to highlight one of Jacques’ unique features, in which he truly excels: he is the best ‘cultural interface’ I have ever met and an unrivalled linguist; a ‘true European’ as Salvador de Madariaga would put it. At the beginning of 2010 Jacques contacted me because...

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