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Dr Peter Whelan

Associate Professor in Law

I joined the School of Law in October 2013 as an Associate Professor in Law. I am the Deputy Director of the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies. Prior to coming to Leeds, I was a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of East Anglia, where I was a Faculty Member of the ESRC Centre for Competition Policy.

I hold both a Degree in Law and French and a Master of Laws from Trinity College Dublin, as well as a PhD in Law from St John's College, University of Cambridge. I am a US Attorney-at-Law and a registered member of the New York State Bar.

I have published widely in specialist competition law journals (in the US and in Europe) as well as in generalist law journals (including Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Cambridge Law Journal and Modern Law Review). To date my research has been cited in almost three hundred publications.  In 2009, for my work on antitrust criminalisation, I won the ‘Reddy Charlton McKnight Prize for Legal Scholarship', which was awarded by the Trinity College Law Review. My work on antitrust criminalisation was also quoted with approval by Mr Justice McKechnie in the Central Criminal Court (High Court) in Dublin in the leading Irish criminal cartel case of DPP v. Duffy and Duffy Motors (Newbridge) Ltd [2009] IEHC 208. In 2014, I was nominated for an ‘Antitrust Writing Award’, organised by Concurrences Review and George Washington University Law School Competition Law Center.

In November 2012, I presented oral evidence to the Commerce Committee of the New Zealand Parliament on Clause 18 of their Commerce (Cartels and Other Matters) Amendment Bill. In the Spring of 2013, I was a Visiting Professor at the Institute of International Trade and Law in Moscow, Russia. In 2013, I was appointed as an International Expert by the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA) and in that position wrote a report advising the Finnish Ministry of Justice on the desirability of introducing criminal cartel sanctions in Finland. In Bucharest in 2014, I provided training in EU competition law to judges at various levels of the Romanian judiciary. In 2016 I became a Non-Governmental Advisor to the International Competition Network. I am an Associate Member of the Centre for Competition Policy and am a peer-reviewer of grant applications under the Newton Fund of the British Council.

I am the Managing Editor of Oxford Competition Law, an innovative online national competition law case-reporting service operated by Oxford University Press. I also sit on the Editorial Boards of five journals: World Competition; Journal of Antitrust Enforcement; New Journal of European Criminal Law; Romanian Competition Journal; and Journal of Financial Crime.

I regularly present my research at home and abroad. For example, I have delivered guest lectures at the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, University College London, Queen’s University Belfast, Strathclyde University, City University, NALSAR (Hyderabad, India), Christ University (Bangalore, India) and the National Law School of India University. I have also presented papers at a number of prestigious conferences, including in Japan, China, Spain, Norway, Finland, France, Romania, Hungary, South Africa, and at the Competition Appeal Tribunal in London.

Within the University of Leeds, I am a member of the following:

  • The Examinations Group of the University’s Graduate Board;
  • The ESSL Faculty Board;
  • The ESSL Faculty Graduate School Committee;
  • The School Management Team, School of Law; and
  • The Research Committee, School of Law.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research Interests

My main research interests lie in criminal law and in EU and UK competition law. My current research focus concerns the employment of imprisonment as a method of enforcing competition/antitrust law.  I am particularly interested in all aspects of competition law enforcement, anticompetitive agreements, international cooperation in competition law and the objectives of competition law. I am also interested in white collar crime.

I am a Member of the Academic Society for Competition Law. I also sit on the Council of the Society of Legal Scholars.

I discuss my research briefly in this video:



For 2016/17, I teach on the following modules: Criminal Law (LAW1260, 2065 ad 2066); Central Issues in Criminal Law (LAW5065M); Competition Law (LAW2426); and International Competition Law (LAW5445M). In previous years I have also taught Tort Law, Contract Law, US Law, Legal Skills, and Understanding Crime. I also supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations in various areas of law.

PhD Supervision

I am happy to supervise PhD students in areas of my expertise, especially in competition law.

I currently supervise seven full-time PhD students: Ilaria Zavoli (international criminal law); Isra Samandecha (terrorism law); Magali Eben (competition law); John Gannon (competition law); Omar Mashjari (competition law); Khaled AlRashidi (corruption); and Zeynab Malakoutikhah (terrorist financing).

Key Publications

Books (Monographs)

P. Whelan, The Criminalization of European Cartel Enforcement: Theoretical, Legal, and Practical Challenges, Oxford University Press, 2014

Books (Edited Collections)

A. Almasan and P. Whelan (eds), The Consistent Application of EU Competition Law - Substantive and Procedural Challenges, Springer, 2016, forthcoming


P. Whelan, ‘Beyond the Theoretical: Articulating Enforcement Strategies for Successful European Antitrust Criminalization (2016) 81 Antitrust Law Journal, forthcoming

P. Whelan, 'Section 47 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013: A Flawed Reform of the UK Cartel Offence' (2015) 78(3) Modern Law Review 493

P. Whelan, ‘Cartel Criminalization and the Challenge of Moral Wrongfulness’ (2013) 33(3) Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 535

P. Whelan, 'Cartel Criminalisation and Due Process: The Challenge of Imposing Criminal Sanctions Alongside Administrative Sanctions within the EU’ (2013) 64(2) Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 143

P. Whelan, ‘Legal Certainty and Cartel Criminalisation within the EU Member States' (2012) 71(3) Cambridge Law Journal 677

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