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Durham Law School

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

Lecturer in Competition Law in Durham Law School
Deputy Director of Research Impact, Durham Law School
Deputy Chair of the Ethics and Data Protection, Durham Law School

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Anca Chirita 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 and at St John's College. In the academic year 2016/17 she is acting as Deputy Director of Research Impact and Deputy Chair of the Ethics and Data Protection Peer Review Group.

During the academic year 2013/14 she was a 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. 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. Her PhD in competition law awarded Summa cum laude received the Dr. Friedrich-Feldbausch-Stiftung Prize . Previously, she completed the LL.M 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 is a member of the Editorial Review Board of Oxford Competition Law.

Research Interests

Anca's research interest lies in competition law, policy and economics (industrial organisation, macroeconomics and political economy). She is regularly invited/selected to deliver presentations, lectures or seminars in Europe: Amsterdam (twice), Utrecht; Saarbrücken, Bonn, Hamburg and Max Planck for Innovation and Competition, 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 (twice invited by the Council for European Studies, Columbia University in Philadelphia (incl. session chairing); Berkeley, University of California and 82nd International Atlantic Economic Society conference, Washington D.C., incl. session discussant and Best Undergraduate Paper Competition panel judge) and the UK (Cambridge, UCL (twice), Queen Mary at the Competition Appeal Tribunal, KCL (three times), 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 23rd and 24th Council for European Studies conferences.

Recent research focuses on competition policy and employment, i.e. the social impact of economic efficiency on jobs, employment theories and austerity; the disclosure of evidence under the Directive 2014/104/EU forthcoming in a book including papers by four judges of the General Court of the European Union; big data and privacy in the digital age; the theory and practice of discounts (expert analysis submitted to the Bucharest Court of Appeal), and interest rate derivatives cartels (LIBOR). Past research 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; the historical interpretation of the EU competition rules in the International & Comparative Law Quarterly; Google's anti-competitive practices in the Competition Law Review; 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; extensively in the Directorate-General for Competition's Report on judges' training needs in the field of European competition law, 2016 and in official report on the digital economy commissioned for the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs, 2016.

Teaching Areas

I teach Competition Law from a socio-legal and economic perspective: since 2011 as a module convenor of the postgraduate module on Competition Law 40230 and since 2012 as a module convenor of the undergraduate module on Competition Law 3011. I supervise LLB, LLM, MJur, and PhD dissertations on competition law. Module handbook, handouts and e-library are available on DUO. Recommended journals are available here. In 2015 and 2016 I was invited to act as a panel judge for the Law category of the The Undergraduate Awards. In 2016 I have been invited to act as a panel judge for the Best Undergraduate Paper Competition at the 82nd International Atlantic Economic Society Conference in Washington D.C.

Recently completed supervision students: Rene Wieser (MJur).

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).

Selected Publications

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