School of Law

Dr Peter Whelan presents his competition law research and helps to train judges in Romania

27 October 2014 |

Dr Peter Whelan, an Associate Professor and the Deputy Director of the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, participated in the international conference on competition law ‘The Application of Articles 101 and 102 TFEU at National Level’ in Bucharest, Romania.

The conference was held at the Faculty of Law, University of Bucharest and took place from 24 to 25 October 2014. There were over 250 attendees, including (EU and national) judges, competition officials, practicing lawyers, academics and students.

During the conference Dr Whelan presented some of his research from his recently published monograph with Oxford University Press: The Criminalization of European Cartel Enforcement: Theoretical, Legal, and Practical Challenges. Specifically, he analysed the potential negative impact of Regulation 1/2003 on national efforts to employ criminal cartel sanctions in the EU and what can be done to overcome such a negative impact in practice.

In addition to his presentation, Dr Whelan also chaired a conference panel that examined recent EU and Romanian case law on ‘by object’ anticompetitive agreements. One of the contributors to that panel was Judge Anthony Collins, the Irish judge on the General Court of the European Union.

Following the conference, Dr Whelan, along with Judge Collins and a very small number of distinguished foreign academics, led a workshop dedicated to training Romanian judges in competition law. That workshop was by invite-only and was attended by a variety of judges from different branches of the judicial system in Romania.

During the course of the conference, Dr Whelan was invited to join the Scientific Committee (Editorial Board) of the Romanian Competition Journal, the leading competition law journal in Romania (which publishes all of its articles in both Romanian and English).

Read more about the conference online.

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