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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

Contact Dr Anca Chirita (email at a.d.chirita@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

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. 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 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 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' LLM programme. During her PhD she worked 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. 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), Rovinj (Croatia), Queen Mary, Saarland (Saarbrücken), University College London, Utrecht, Warwick.

Current research focuses primarily on competition law and social policy, in particular employment theories and austerity; the disclosure of evidence under the Directive 2014/104/EU; 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; 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 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.

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).

Research Grants

Anca is a recipient of numerous academic scholarships, such as the 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

Books: reviews

Conference papers

Edited works: contributions

Journal papers: academic

Journal papers: online

Presentation

Seminar

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