Competition Law Ninth Edition


  • Written by leading academics in the field, offering a wealth of experience to make this the definitive textbook on competition law
  • Comprehensive coverage of competition law providing a complete and thorough guide to the subject
  • A critical and contextual approach, addressing the wider economic and practical realities of competition law
  • An easy-to-follow writing style, bringing competition law to life for students of all levels

New to this Edition:

  • New discussion of the treatment of conditional rebates under Article 102, including the judgment of the Court of Justice in Intel Corp v Commission
  • New discussion of the phenomena of price signalling, algorithmic collusion and other atypical cartel activities
  • Covers recent developments on the application of EU and UK competition law to restrictions of online sales of goods and services
  • Briefly considers the possible implications of Brexit for UK competition law
  • Incorporates extensive new case law and decisional practice at EU and UK level

Whish and Bailey’s Competition Law is the definitive textbook on this subject. An authoritative treatment of competition law is paired with an easy-to-follow writing style to make this book a comprehensive guide to the subject; essential reading for law students, practitioners, and officials.

The authors explain the purpose of competition policy, introduce the reader to key concepts and techniques in competition law and provide insights into the numerous different issues that arise when analysing market behaviour. Describing the law in its economic and market context, they particularly consider the competition law implications of business phenomena, including distribution agreements, licences of intellectual property rights, cartels, joint ventures, and mergers. The book assimilates a wide variety of resources, including judgments, decisions, guidelines, and periodical literature. An authoritative treatment of competition law is paired with an easy-to-follow writing style to make this book a comprehensive guide to the subject, regularly used in universities, law firms, economic consultancies, competition authorities, and courts.

Clear, detailed, and analytical, this is an unparalleled guide and stand-alone resource on competition law.

Table of Contents

1:Competition policy and economics
2:Overview of EU and UK competition law
3:Article 101 (1)
4:Article 101 (3)
5:Article 102
6:The obligations of Member States under the EU competition rules
7:Articles 101 and 102 – public enforcement by the European Commission and national competition authorities under Regulation 1/2003
8:Articles 101 and 102 – private enforcement in the courts of Member States
9:Competition Act 1998 – substantive provisions
10:Competition Act 1998 and the cartel offence – public enforcement and procedure
11:Enterprise Act 2002 – market studies and market investigations
12:The international dimension of competition law
13:Horizontal agreements (1) – cartels
14:Horizontal agreements (2) – oligopoly, tacit collusion, and collective dominance
15:Horizontal agreements (3) – cooperation agreements
16:Vertical agreements
17:Abuse of dominance (1) – non-pricing practices
18:Abuse of dominance (2) – pricing practices
19:The relationship between intellectual property rights and competition law
20:Mergers (1) – introduction
21:Mergers (2) – EU law
22:Mergers (3) – UK law
23:Particular sectors

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Published: 26 July 2018

ISBN: 9780198779063

Author Information

Richard Whish, Emeritus Professor, King’s College London, and David Bailey, Visiting Professor, King’s College London

Richard Whish QC (Hon) was a Professor of Law at King’s College London from 1991 to 2013 and became Emeritus Professor there in 2013; in 2014 he was appointed QC Honoris Causa.

David Bailey is a Barrister and a Visiting Professor of Law at King’s College London.


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