Presents a comprehensive overview of prima facie infringements of Art 101 and 102
Provides an analysis of the overall framework (covering both provisions)
Includes digitisation and the phenomenon of digital markets
Part of the book series: Studies in European Economic Law and Regulation (SEELR, volume 25)
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Table of contents (7 chapters)
About this book
This book offers an in-depth legal analysis concerning the notion of restrictions of competition, be it by object restrictions according to Article 101 TFEU or prima facie abusive practices treated according to the form-based approach under Article 102 TFEU. Although extensive research has been conducted on the notion of object infringements of competition, there is no systematic review of this topic covering both competition provisions, namely Articles 101 and 102 TFEU. This book fills that gap by providing an extensive analysis of the relevant case law, while also covering new phenomena stemming from the digital revolution and its impact on the functioning of traditional markets.
In this regard, particular attention is paid to the concept of prima facie infringements and the analysis necessary for their successful establishment. Object restrictions and object abuses are not infringements per se in the sense that they can be established in the abstract and without consideration of the actual legal and economic context (context analysis) within which a measure is implemented. Hence, the indispensable context analysis is informed by the potential economic effects of a given measure.
Examining the changes regarding the economic reality and how markets work in the digital economy, this book makes a valuable contribution to the current debate about whether our competition law toolkit is fit and proper to deal with the challenges posed by digitalization. The author argues that while there is a coherent framework covering both Treaty competition provisions as regards object restrictions of competition, the increased use of an actual effect analysis and thus the concept of a restriction of competition by effect represents an underestimated (and underused) weapon for combating measures that are ambivalent from a competition law perspective as regards their (anticompetitive or non-detrimental) nature in a digital economy.
- by object restrictions of competition
- prima facie abusive conduct
- competition infringements
- Art. 101 TFEU
- competition assessment in digital markets
- digital age
- Art. 102 TFEU
Authors and Affiliations
Department of European Law and Public International Law, University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria
About the author
Dr Bernadette Zelger is an Assistant Professor and graduate from the University of Innsbruck (Dr. iur., Mag. iur.), King’s College London (Postgraduate Diploma in EU Competition Law) and Queen Mary University of London (LL.M. in Competition Law), as well as a qualified lawyer in Austria (bar exam 2014) and former fellow of the Austrian Academy of Sciences by which her doctoral thesis was fully funded (DOC-fellowship). Before having joined the Department of European Law and Public International Law at the University of Innsbruck, Bernadette worked as a Research Assistant for Professor Ioannis Kokkoris, Professor for Law and Economics at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom and as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Commercial Law at the University of Innsbruck. Moreover, Bernadette gained five years practical experience as a lawyer in leading Austrian full service corporate law firms headquartered in Vienna, the European Commission, DG COMP, E1 (Unit for Antitrust – Pharma and Health Services) in Brussels, and as Inhouse Legal Counsel at the Legal Department of an Austrian bank (headquartered in Innsbruck).
Book Title: Restrictions of EU Competition Law in the Digital Age
Book Subtitle: The Meaning of 'Effects' in a Digital Economy
Authors: Bernadette Zelger
Series Title: Studies in European Economic Law and Regulation
Publisher: Springer Cham
Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2023
Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-31338-7Published: 29 June 2023
Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-31341-7Due: 13 July 2024
eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-31339-4Published: 28 June 2023
Series ISSN: 2214-2037
Series E-ISSN: 2214-2045
Edition Number: 1
Number of Pages: XVII, 224
Number of Illustrations: 3 b/w illustrations