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Durham Law School

Staff Profiles

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

Lecturer in Competition Law in Durham Law School
Member of the Human Rights Centre

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Anca D. Chiriţă joined Durham Law School in 2011 where she convenes Competition Law at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. She is a member of the Senior Common Room at Grey College.

During the academic year 2013/14 she was Co-Director of the Durham European Law Institute and, during 2012/14, a DAAD visiting fellow at the Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht and Europa-Kolleg in Hamburg working on a competition law study that will be published in Professor Peter Behrens' Schriftenreihe des Europa-Kollegs Hamburg zur Integrationsforschung

Prior to taking up her lectureship, she was a PhD fellow of the German Chancellor Adenauer Foundation at the Europa-Institute, Saarland University, Faculty of Law and Economics in Saarbrücken. Her PhD in competition law (Dr.iur.) awarded Summa cum laude was examined by Professor Helmuth Schröter (former Hearing Officer and Director at DG Competition, European Commission), Professor Torsten Stein, Professor (emeritus) Günther Hönn and Professor Helmut Rüßmann. Previously, she completed the 'European Integration' master programme with specialisations in Economic Law, External Trade and Human Rights. During her PhD she worked in a team of researchers selected by the College of Europe, Bruges on a study on the impact of national rules that diverge from Article 102 TFEU (DG Competition), 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 2014 she is Of Counsel with Mircea & Partners on competition law and, since 2011, a member of the Editorial Review Board of Oxford Competition Law, Oxford University Press.

Research Interests

Anca's research interest lies primarily in all aspects of competition law, policy, and micro- and macroeconomics, including comparative law. She has presented her research at the following universities: Amsterdam, Beijing, Bonn, Bucharest, Cambridge, Cork, Craiova, Dublin (UC), Hamburg, King's College London, Liverpool, Madrid (IE), Nottingham, Oslo, forthcoming Paris,The Romanian Academy and Competition Council, Rome (La Sapienza), Queen Mary, Saarland (Saarbrücken), University College London, Utrecht, forthcoming Warwick.

Current research focuses primarily on competition law and social policy, particularly austerity, public debt and new employment theories; the ECJ's rule of precedent in competition cases; consumer rights and privacy in the digital age; the theory and practice of rebates e.g. Intel; and interest rate derivatives cartels (LIBOR).

Past research examined procedural rights in EU mergers, funded by China-EU School of Law, as part of a volume on administrative competition law with Springer and translated into Chinese; the EU crisis and the restructuring of 'Too-Big-to Fail' banks through state aid (audio) in Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies; the historical interpretation of the EU competition rules in International & Comparative Law Quarterly; Google's anti-competitive practices in The Competition Law Review; EU industrial cartels, and the interplay between free movement and competition law.

Her first book published by Nomos (Baden-Baden) on the abuse of a dominant position under Article 102 TFEU won the Dr. Friedrich-Feldbausch-Stiftung Prize for best dissertation at Saarland University in the academic year 2010/11 (praised in Revista Română de Concurenţă 1/2013, 74-6 published by the Romanian Competition Council).

Teaching Areas

I teach Competition Law from a socio-legal and economic perspective: since 2011, as a module convenor of the LLM module on Competition Law (LAW 40230) and, since 2012, as a module convenor of the UG third-year module on Competition Law (LAW 3011). I have supervised numerous LLB and LLM dissertations on Competition Law, including MJur. Module handbooks, detalied handouts, unit materials and e-library are available on DUO. A list of recommended journals is available here. The recommended text is Oxford Competition Law's Bellamy & Child.

  • 2015/16: UG Competition Law (3011) and LLM Competition Law (40230);
  • 2014/15 on university research leave (Michaelmas & Epiphany).

Past: 2011/12 module convenor of the UG Contract Law module; 2013/14 Contract Law (undue influence, damages) and contributor with twenty cases to the Case Navigator on the English Law of Contract published by Pearson Education (Harlow).

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Research Grants

Anca is a recipient of numerous academic scholarships, such as the DAAD (the German Academic Exchange Service), Konrad-Adenauer Foundation, Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt), LLB (four-year degree in law) scholarship for excellent results.

  • 2014: China-EU School of Law, China University of Political Science and Law €1912,77;
  • 2012/14: DAAD visiting fellowship;
  • 2011: Dr. Friedrich-Feldbausch-Stiftung Prize €900; Vereinigung der Freunde der Universität des Saarlandes €511; Konrad Adenauer Stiftung e.V. €1,020;
  • 2010: Université Catholique de Louvain, International Antitrust Litigation conference, Brussels, PhD stipend €400;
  • 2006/10: Konrad-Adenauer doctoral fellowship €43,666;
  • 2007/08 European Commission Blue Book traineeship;
  • 2004/05: Federal Foreign Office Scholarship (Auswärtiges Amt) €12,022.

Selected Publications

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