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Durham Law School

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Dr Anca Chirita, LL.B, LL.M, Dr. iur. (PhD), FHEA, Of Counsel

Assistant Professor in Competition Law in Durham Law School
Director of Ethics and Data Protection, Durham Law School

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Dr Anca Chirita is an Assistant Professor of Competition Law and convenes Competition Law at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She is a member of the Senior Common Room at Grey College and St John's College. Since 2017, she has been Director of Ethics and Data Protection and since 2016, a member of the Durham Law School's Research Committee, co-chair of the Law School-Business School's Ethics Committee, member of the Faculty of Social Sciences Ethics Committee, and since 2018 Co-Director of the Institute of Commercial and Corporate Law (ICCL). 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 2018-2020 for the Unilateral Conduct Working Group).

Anca's research interests lie in competition law, policy, and economics. Recent research has focused on digital competition with oral and written evidence submitted to HM Treasury's Digital Competition Expert Panelthe wider implications of the UK's Withdrawal Agreement for competition and trade, with interview by BBC Radio 4; the competition policy's social paradox (European Competition Journal), data-driven mergers (Hart) and theories of harm; the rise of big data and the loss of privacy (Springer Nature); the impact of Brexit on competition law, which involved providing written evidence published by the House of Lords' EU Internal Market Sub-Committee; the disclosure of evidence under the Directive 2014/104/EU in a book that included papers by four judges of the General Court of the European Union; the theory and practice of discounts (an expert analysis submitted to the Bucharest Court of Appeal); and competition policy and employment, i.e. the social impact of economic efficiency on jobs, employment theories and austerity. Past research has examined procedural rights in EU mergers; the restructuring of 'Too-Big-to Fail' banks through state aid (audio) in the Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies, including interest rate derivatives; the historical interpretation of the EU competition rules in the International & Comparative Law Quarterly; Google's anti-competitive practices in the Competition Law Review and Competition Policy International; EU industrial cartels in the German Journal of European Legal Studies; and free movement and competition law. Her research has been quoted, inter alia, by the European Commission, Director-General for Competition's Speech on the Object of Effects, 2014; in the Directorate-General for Competition'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 German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs, 2016; and in the 12th report of the House of Lords on 'Brexit: Competition and State aid' (paras 54, 147, 186 & 198), 2018 etc.

She is regularly invited to deliver presentations, lectures, or seminars in Europe: Amsterdam, Utrecht; Saarbrücken, Bonn, Hamburg and the Max Planck for Innovation and Competition in Munich; Bucharest (The Romanian Academy), Craiova; Cork, UC Dublin (twice); Madrid (IE), Valencia; Rome (La Sapienza); Paris (Sciences Po); Oslo; Rovinj (Croatia); in China (Beijing); in the US (Council for European Studies, Columbia University in Philadelphia (including one session chairing)); Berkeley, University of California; 82nd International Atlantic Economic Society conference, Washington D.C. (including session discussant and Best Undergraduate Paper Competition panel judge) and New York University School of Law; and the UK (Cambridge, UCL, Queen Mary University at the Competition Appeal Tribunal, KCL, Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs), HM Treasury, Nottingham, Warwick, Liverpool and London (53rd Congress of the International Association of Young Lawyers)). Anca has been invited to act as a conference proposal reviewer for the Council for European Studies conferences held in Philadelphia, Glasgow, Chicago and Madrid. She has acted as a peer-reviewer for journals including Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal, Journal of Antitrust Enforcement, Competition Law Review, Yearbook of Antitrust and Regulatory Studies, and Journal of European Consumer and Market Law, as well as for book proposals or new editions including Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Palgrave Macmillan, Edward Elgar, Hart Publishing and Taylor & Francis and for funding including the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

She was a Deputy Director of Research Impact and Deputy Chair of the Ethics and Data Protection Peer Review group (2016/17), a Co-Director 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 German Chancellor 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 , awarded summa cum laude and the Dr. Friedrich-Feldbausch-Stiftung Prize . Previously, she completed the LL.M master programme in Saarbrücken. 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). Since 2011, she has been a member of the Editorial Review Board of Oxford Competition Law.

Teaching Areas

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

Module handbooks, handouts and e-library are available on DUO. Recommended journals are available here. Incoming students can read undergraduate essays or dissertations in the European Competition Law Review: (2018) 39 (2) 49; (2016) 37 (10) 406; 37 (5) 179; (2019) 40 (3) 107 and (2) 83, and in World Competition (2018) 41 (3), 419.

In 2015-16, I was invited to act as a panel judge for the Law category of The Undergraduate Awards; in 2016 as a panel judge for the Best Undergraduate Paper Competition at the 82nd International Atlantic Economic Society conference in Washington D.C. I also chaired the competition law session of postgraduate student conferences organised by the ICCL (2019, 2018, 2017), DELI (2014), including providing competition law training to a delegation of judges, prosecutors and barristers from Thailand (2018) in Durham.

Former supervision students: Rene Wieser (MJur).

External competition law examinations: MPhil / PhD at University of Oxford with Professor Stephen Weatherill (2015, 2018) and Aidan Robertson QC (2019) and PhD at King's College London with Professor Ariel Ezrachi (2017).


A selection of photos taken at various competition law events organised in Durham and elsewhere is available here. Past invited speakers came from academia (University of Cambridge, King's College London, University College Dublin), practice (Linklaters, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Clifford Chance), or competition authorities (DG COMP, CMA).


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

Research Grants

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

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

Research Interests

  • Competition law, including comparative law: UK, EU, and US antitrust law
  • Competition policy and strategy
  • Economics for competition law, e.g. industrial organization, macroeconomics, political economy etc.
  • Cartels, abuse of a dominant position, mergers, and state aid
  • Public policy and the intersection of competition law with other areas of law such as intellectual and industrial property, employment, consumer, environmental and data protection laws

Research Projects

  • Grants

Selected Publications

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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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