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Durham Law School

Staff Profiles

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

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

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. 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 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 in competition law and policy, economics (industrial organisation and 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 law and social policy, in particular 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 rebates (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 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.

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 (LAW 40230) and since 2012 as a module convenor of the undergraduate third-year module on Competition Law (LAW 3011). I supervise LLB and LLM dissertations on Competition Law, including MJur and PhD. 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 Whish & Bailey. 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 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

Edited works: contributions

Journal papers: academic

Journal papers: online

Presentation

Seminar

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