The maintenance of a fair, competitive market among member states is critical to the functioning of the EU economy. In this book, the first comprehensive, unifying view of market definition, Miguel Ferro adeptly explores the different economic-legal issues that arise in EU competition law.
Featuring an exhaustive analysis of European case law, this astute work provides a succinct and nuanced guide to market definition within a variety of markets and contexts. Insightful and timely, it explores the different economic-legal issues that arise in European case law, distinguishing economic debates from the legal issues involved. In so doing, it seeks to prevent the distortions to the legal method that can result from adopting a more piecemeal approach.
Market Definition in EU Competition Law provides a crucial introduction to the topic and will be an important resource for students and scholars of European competition law. Practitioners and judges will also benefit from the extensive analysis of case law and the practical examples.
'This book both provides practical guidance to the practitioner and critically examines the case law of the EU courts, which have played an important role in developing the law on market definition, in the absence of any primary, and little secondary, EU legislation on the subject.'
– Matthew O'Regan, Competition Law Journal
'This book is a superb – and very timely – addition to the literature on competition law and policy ... Professor Ferro's book makes an invaluable contribution to this important and fascinating debate and will quickly establish itself as a seminal text on the subject.'
– From the Foreword by Richard Whish, QC (Hon), Emeritus Professor of Law, King's College London
'This high-quality book's wide coverage provides the reader with an insight into the application of competition law, and offers an astute analysis of competition law issues. Drawing on the most relevant case-law of the European courts and on authoritative legal writings, both European and American, the author tackles some of the most complex issues concerning market definition in a wide array of sectors, dealing skilfully with both conceptual notions and practical issues. This book by Miguel Sousa Ferro deserves to be read and kept within reach in every competition law library.'
– José Luís da Cruz Vilaça, Professor of EU and Competition Law, Former Judge and Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the EU; former President of the Court of First Instance of the European Communities (now, the General Court of the EU) and Founding partner of Cruz Vilaça & Associates
'A masterful comprehensive analysis of the market definition concept as it has been applied in EU competition law. The concept is considered from both theoretical and practical angles making it a must-read book for academics and practitioners alike.'
– Jean François Bellis, Van Bael and Bellis, Belgium
Miguel Sousa Ferro, Professor, University of Lisbon Law School and Universidade Europeia, Portugal.