School of Law

Dr Pinar Akman presents her research at the University of Oxford

7 July 2014 |

Dr Pinar Akman, an Associate Professor of Law and the Deputy Director of the Centre for Business Law and Practice, has presented her research on competition law at a workshop organised by the Centre for Competition Law and Policy at the University of Oxford.

The workshop, organised in collaboration with the George Washington University Competition Law Center and the Journal of Antitrust Enforcement, took place on 28-29 June 2014 at Pembroke College, Oxford. At this invitation-only event, Dr Akman presented her research on the period of limitations and the related issue of when a competition authority decision becomes final for the purposes of private follow-on competition actions. These actions usually relate to the pursuit of damages by private parties on the basis of competition authority decisions finding infringements of competition law. Such actions are currently being encouraged both at the EU level by the forthcoming Directive on damages and at the UK level by the amendments proposed in the Consumer Rights Bill. Dr Akman argued that both the current and the forthcoming framework regarding the period of limitations and the issue of when a decision becomes final have serious negative implications and are sub-optimal. Dr Akman’s article proposed a solution to the problem that would remedy the problems with the existing and proposed framework.

Dr Akman’s article, entitled ‘Period of Limitations in Follow-on Competition Cases: When Does a ‘Decision’ Become Final?’, is forthcoming in the Journal of Antitrust Enforcement, which is published by Oxford University Press.

The workshop programme is available online.

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