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Dr Anca Chirita, LLB, LLM, Dr. iur. (PhD), FHEA

Assistant Professor of Competition Law in Durham Law School
Director of Ethics, Durham Law School

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Dr Anca Chirita convenes competition law at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She is a member of the Senior Common Room at Grey College. Since 2017, she has been Director of Ethics and since 2016, a member of the Law School’s Research Committee and of the Faculty's Ethics Committee. She has been a Non-Governmental Advisor to the International Competition Network for the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition: 2017-2018 for the Cartel and 2018-2021 for the Unilateral Conduct Working Group.

Dr Chirita’s research and teaching expertise is in competition law, as below:

Her research has been published in both generalist (CUP’s International & Comparative Law Quarterly and Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies, German Journal of European Legal Studies, European Law Review, Irish Journal of European Law) and specialist journals (World Competition Law and Economics Review (Kluwer), European Competition Journal (Francis & Taylor), European Competition Law Review (Sweet & Maxwell), Competition Law Review, Oxford Competition Law, Competition Policy International) and with prestigious presses (CUP, Springer, Hart, Elgar, Nomos etc).

Anca’s research has been quoted, inter alia, by the OECD, DAF/COMP (2020)1, 31; the EC, Director-General for Competition’s Speech on the Object of Effects (2014); in the DG COMP’s Report on judges’ training needs in the field of European competition law (2016); in an official report on the digital economy commissioned for the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs (2016); and in the 12th report of the House of Lords on ‘Competition and State aid’ (paras 54, 147, 186 & 198, 2018) etc.

She has delivered over 50 presentations, lectures, or seminars oversees (Amsterdam, Utrecht, Saarbrücken, Bonn, Hamburg, Munich’s Max Planck for Innovation and Competition; Bucharest’s Romanian Academy, Craiova, UCC, UCD, Madrid IE, Valencia, Rome La Sapienza, Sciences Po Paris, Oslo, Rovinj, Beijing, Philadelphia, Berkeley, Washington D.C., New York University School of Law, Cambridge, UCL, Queen Mary at the Competition Appeal Tribunal, KCL, Chatham House The Royal Institute of International Affairs, HM Treasury, Nottingham, Warwick, Liverpool, 53rd Congress of the International Association of Young Lawyers, the Law Society in London etc.).

Anca has been invited to act as a peer reviewer for the Council for European Studies conferences held in Philadelphia, Glasgow, Chicago and Madrid; for academic journals (OJLS, OUCLJ, JAE, CLR, YARS, JECML) or publishers (OUP, CUP, Macmillan, Elgar, Hart, Taylor & Francis); and for funding including the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Since 2011, she has been a member of the Editorial Review Board of Oxford Competition Law.

She was a Deputy Director of Research Impact and Deputy Chair of Ethics (2016/17), co-chair of the Law School-Business School’s Ethics Committee (2017-2019), a Co-Director of the Durham Institute of Commercial and Corporate Law (2018/19) and of the European Law Institute (2013/14), and a DAAD visiting fellow at the Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht (2012/14). Prior to joining the Law School in 2011, she was a PhD fellow of the Adenauer Foundation at the Europa-Institute, Saarland University, Faculty of Law and Economics. Her PhD in competition law was supervised by Professors Helmuth Schröter and Torsten Stein and awarded ‘summa cum laude’. During her PhD, she worked as a national expert with the College of Europe, Bruges (DG COMP project 2010/11), as a trainee with the Monopolies Commission in Bonn (2009), and as a Blue Book trainee with the European Commission in Brussels (2007/08). Previously, she completed the LL.M diploma in Saarbrücken with a triple specialism in competition law, WTO and human rights law (examinations in German, English and French).

Teaching Areas

Dr Chirita has been teaching competition law since 2011 as a postgraduate (40230) convener and since 2012 as an undergraduate (3011) convener, including supervision of LLB, LLM, MJur, and PhD dissertations. The Monckton Prize rewards the Best Undergraduate Student in Competition Law with a £500 cash prize and a Mini Pupillage at Monckton Chambers.

Teaching content is available on DUO. Recommended journals are available here. To date, Durham competition law students have published twelve journal articles in the European Competition Law Review (2018) 39 (2) 49, (2016) 37 (10) 406 and 37 (5) 179, (2019) 40 (3) 107 and (2) 83, World Competition (2018) 41 (3), 419 and Commonwealth Law Bulletin (2020) 46 (2). I currently supervise various dissertations but welcome research proposals (M.Jur./PhD) in competition law, e.g. the monopolisation of online platforms (Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft); exclusionary or exploitative abuse of data in the digital economy; remedies, e.g. breaking up monopolies; state aid and tax competition; algorithmic collusion; and online price discrimination.

In 2015-16, I was invited to act as a panel judge for The Undergraduate Awards; in 2016 for the Best Undergraduate Paper Competition at the 82nd IAES conference in Washington D.C. I also chaired the competition law session of postgraduate conferences organised by the ICCL (2019,’18,’17), DELI (’14) and provided competition law training to a delegation of judges, prosecutors and barristers from Thailand (2018).

Former students: R Wieser (MJur), G Bandi (PhD secondary). Ongoing: Liran Pang (PhD).

Recent external examinations: MPhil/PhD University of Oxford (2015, ’18, '19), PhD KCL (2017).


A selection of photos taken at various events organised in Durham or oversees is available here. Past invited speakers came from academia (KCL, UCD, Cambridge) or legal practice: European courts (General Court, Court of Justice), competition authorities (DG COMP, CMA) and law firms (Linklaters, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Clifford Chance).


Recent media inquiries came from Channel 4, Associated Press News, Gardian Labs, Sky News, Bloomberg Newsroom, Heise online, panel interview by BBC Radio 4.

Research Grants

Anca is a recipient of prestigious academic scholarships, inter alia, German Academic Exchange Service, Adenauer Foundation, Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt), LLB (four-year) scholarship for exceptional merit.

  • 2014: China-EU School of Law, China University of Political Science and Law;
  • 2012/14: DAAD fellowship;
  • 2011: Dr. Friedrich-Feldbausch-Stiftung Prize; Vereinigung der Freunde der Universität des Saarlandes; Adenauer Stiftung;
  • 2006/10: Adenauer doctoral fellowship;
  • 2007/08 EC Blue Book traineeship;
  • 2004/05: Foreign Office Scholarship (Auswärtiges Amt).

Research Groups

Durham Law School

  • Durham European Law Institute
  • Human Rights Centre
  • Institute of Commercial and Corporate Law

Research Projects

Durham Law School

  • Grants

Research Interests

  • Competition law (UK/EU) and comparative law (US antitrust law), policy and economics
  • Restraint of trade, abuse of a dominant position, mergers, and state aid
  • Public policy and the intersection of competition law with industrial property, big data, consumer law and environmental regulation

Selected Publications

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Edited Journal

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Conference Paper

  • Chirita, Anca D. (2018), The Rise of Big Data and the Loss of Privacy, in Bakhoum, M., Conde Gallego, B., Mackenordt, M.-O. & Surblytė-Namavičienė, G. eds, MPI Studies on Intellectual Property and Competition Law, 28 Personal Data in Competition, Consumer Protection and IP Law: Towards a Holistic Approach?. Munich, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 153-189.



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Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • European Law: European competition law