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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
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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. 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

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 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, including chairing a conference session in Philadelphia; Berkeley, University of California and Washington D.C.) 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).

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, in particular, the rise of big data and the loss of privacy; 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 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. 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 I was invited to act as a panel judge for the Law category of the international The Undergraduate Awards.

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



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