Friday, October 26, 2007
Posted by D. Daniel Sokol
Hart Publishing recently released the book EC Competition Law: A Critical Assessment.
ABSTRACT: This book, co-written by a team of European competition law
specialists, offers critical perspectives on the whole range of issues
in EC competition law. The book has two distinctive features: the first
is that unlike similar works which present the law from either an
enforcement agency or practitioner perspective in a fairly conventional
manner, this work offers fresh, critical reflections on the state of
the law. The second is that the authors are young academics,
practitioners and administrators who have worked in the relevant fields
and who are relatively new "voices" in the competition law literature.
Drawn from diverse jurisdictions and professional backgrounds the
authors bring a distinctively "European" feel (for instance not drawing
exclusively on English language literature), and manage to introduce
debates that have been taking place in the non-English language world,
thereby assisting a more comprehensive dialogue in this field. The
diversity in their professional backgrounds means that each chapter
adopts a different perspective, with some chapters focusing on
practical solutions to problems, and others exploring more general
The textbook-like structure places the issues in their appropriate contexts and ensures that readers see how the discussion in each chapter links with the body of law as a whole.
The book is aimed at academic lawyers and practitioners, complementing existing textbooks and allowing the reader to extend his or her understanding of the subject and provide a quick source of reference to the main doctrinal debates on the subject, and offer fresh perspectives on the topics covered. The impact of EC competition law beyond Europe also means that this book will appeal to lawyers in the US, Australia, Canada and beyond.