The Competition Law Observatory (CLO)

Book reviews and notices

The Head, Riccardo Sciaudone, is pleased to consider books for review within CLO. If you wish to communicate regarding books please email with the subject heading Books.

Fabiana Di Porto and Rupprecht Podszun (Eds.), Abusive Practices in Competition Law, Edward Elgar (2018), Hardback, pp. 512, Hardback Price: £120.00 (Web: £108.00), ISBN: 9781788117333

A thoughtful and useful collection of essays on dominance and abusive practices in competition law. Read more

David Ashton, Competition Damages Actions in the EU - Law and Practice, Second Edition, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018, Hardback Price £145.00 (Publisher’s Website: £130.50), xliii+495 pp, ISBN: 9781786430731

This second edition provides a thorough, very readable, state of the law, both at EU and Member State level, in relation to actions for damages for loss caused by infringements of Articles 101 and 102 TFEU. Read more

Luis Ortiz Blanco and Ben Van Houtte (editors), EU Regulation and Competition Law in the Transport Sector, Second Edition, Oxford University Press, 2017, Hardback, 624 pp., ISBN: 9780199671076, Price £145

A comprehensive, most authoritative, essential guide to EU competition rules in the transport sector.

F. Castillo de la Torre, E. Gippini Fournier, Evidence, Proof and Judicial Review in EU Competition Law (Edward Elgar 2017), Hardback xxxviii + 376 pp. (index included), (ISBN: 978-1-78254-889-8), Price £125 (£112.50 on the publisher’s website).

Two highly experienced European Commission legal service competition law litigation specialists, with direct and first-hand knowledge, examine the EU Courts’ approach to the issues of evidence, proof and judicial review in EU competition law. Providing a detailed analysis of the EU Courts’ case law, contextualizing it in an unrivalled manner, this book is a must-have for competition lawyers. Read more

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P. Nihoul, T. Skoczny (Eds.), Procedural Fairness in Competition Proceedings (Edward Elgar 2015), Hardback xxvi + 362 pp. (ISBN: 978-1-78536-005-3), Price £90 (£81 on the publisher’s website).

A varied and thought-provoking set of contributions very useful to the debate on the topic of striking the right balance between effectiveness of competition law enforcement and right to due process. Read more.

Mel Marquis, Roberto Cisotta (Eds.), Litigation and Arbitration in EU Competition Law, Edward Elgar (2015), Hardback (ISBN: 978-1-78347-8859), 317 pp., price: £85.

It is not easy to find good books on the complex task of litigating competition law cases. This book is a welcome exception. It provides a detailed survey of the main issues arising from private enforcement of competition law (including the Antitrust Damages Directive and State aid cases). Furthermore, it contains a good set of essays on the arbitrability of competition law, a topic still widely debated. Practitioners and judges should have a copy of this book on their desk.

Kadir Baş, The Substantive Appraisal of Joint Ventures Under the EU Merger Control Regime, (Kluwer Law International, Alphen aan den Rjin, 2014), hardback, xxii + 226 pp., price: €120, ISBN: 9789041158161.

A thought-provoking and well-researched critical analysis of the substantive appraisal of joint ventures. Read more.

Mario Siragusa, Cesare Rizza (editors), Cartels & Collusive Behaviour: Restrictive Agreements and Practices Between Competitors, (Claeys & Casteels, Deventer, 2012), hardback, two volumes, xxvi + 1513 pp., price €295, ISBN: 9789077644201.

An outstanding team of well-known and respected practitioners in the field offer a first-class overview of the law and practice on cartels before the European Commission and the EU Courts. With over 1,000 pages of content (and nearly 500 pages of appendices), this impressive work deals with all the major aspects of cartel proceedings (including judicial review of cartel decisions) with a wealth of references to case law and practice oriented analysis and comment. Highly recommended.

Francisco Enrique Gonzalez-Diaz, Robbert Snelders (editors), Abuse of Dominance Under Article 102 TFEU, (Claeys & Casteels, Deventer, 2013), hardback, xcviii + 848 pp., ISBN: 9789077644133.

Leading experts in the field provide a thorough and comprehensive analysis of the principles that underpin the application of Article 102 TFEU, the relevant literature and the case law. It is definitely going to become the reference textbook on Article 102 TFEU. Read more
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International Cooperation and Competition Enforcement: Brazilian and European Experiences from the Enforcers' Perspective, Edited by Vinicius Marques de Carvalho, Carlos Emmanuel Joppert Ragazzo and Paulo Burnier da Silveira, (Kluwer Law International, 2014), xxxv + 225 pp., Price: €120, ISBN: 9789041151452.

A valuable addition to the debate on international cooperation with regard to the enforcement of competition law. Read more

Competition Law in Central and Eastern Europe: A Practical Guide, Edited by Aleksander Stawicki, Vassily Rudomino and Boris Babic, (Kluwer Law International, Alphen aan den Rjin, 2014), hardback, xivii + 529 pp., Price: €175, ISBN 978-90-411-4122-4.

A useful and manageable guide enabling companies and their legal advisors to rapidly assess the main risks and requirements under the competition law regimes applicable in Central and Eastern Europe. Read more

Luis Silva Morais, Joint Ventures and EU Competition Law, (Hart Publishing, 2013), hardcover, xxxv + 549 pp., Price: £95, ISBN: 978-1-84113-793-3.

Professor Silva Morais fills the gap in legal literature with this thorough and comprehensive study of joint ventures within the context of EU competition law, essential reading. Read more

C. A. Varney (editor), The Cartels and Leniency Review, (Law Business Research Ltd, 2014), x + 443 pp., hardback, £235, ISBN: 978-1-907606-91-5.

A useful, authoritative and manageable “first aid” tool for companies and their legal advisers in addressing cartel investigations which may take place in jurisdictions other than the ones they are familiar with. Read more

Morten P. Broberg, Broberg on the European Commission’s Jurisdiction to Scrutinise Mergers, 4th edition, (Kluwer Law International, Alphen aan den Rjin, 2013), hardback, 506 pp., Price: €145, ISBN: 978-90-411-3339-7.

This book is arguably the leading text on the Merger Regulation’s notion of Union dimension. It is highly recommended and maintains a consistent, thorough level of discussion and analysis throughout. Clearly written, it is a valuable work not only for lawyers, in house counsel and officials of antitrust authorities, but also for academics for the level of research and analysis. Read more

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