The Concept of Abuse in EU Competition Law: Law and Economic Approaches

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Under Article 102 TFEU (Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union), it has yet to be settled as to what exactly makes a practice abusive or how to measure the standard of harm. This lack of clarity creates uncertainty for businesses and, coupled with the current state of economics in this area, raises an important question of legitimacy. Using legal and economic approaches, this book inquires into the possible objectives of Article 102 TFEU and proposes a modern approach to interpreting 'abuse.' In doing so, the book establishes an overarching concept of 'abuse' that conforms to the historical roots of the provision, to the text of the provision itself, and to modern economic thinking on unilateral conduct. It therefore inquires into what Article 102 TFEU is about, what it can be about, and what it should be about regarding both objectives and scope. The book demonstrates that the separation of exploitative abuse from exclusionary abuse is artificial and unsound. It examines the roots of Article 102 TFEU and the historical context of the adoption of the Treaty. Additionally, it looks at the case law, policy, and literature on exploitative abuses, and, where relevant, on exclusionary abuses. It investigates potential objectives, such as fairness and welfare, as well as the potential conflict between such objectives. Finally, the book critically assesses the European Commission's modernization of Article 102 TFEU before proposing a reformed approach to 'abuse' which is centered on three necessary and sufficient conditions: exploitation, exclusion, and a lack of an increase in efficiency.

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Dr Pinar Akman is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the UEA Law School and a Faculty Member of the ESRC Centre for Competition Policy, University of East Anglia.

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The book is very innovative in its approach, it is well written, and it visibly is the result of thorough research, reflection and drafting...congratulations to Pinar Akman for a brave, original, and valuable contribution to the open debate over the concept of abuse in EU competition law. (Alfonso Lamadrid Competition Law Journal)

Pinar Akman's book stands out as one of the most original contributions to the field published in recent years.
There is...every reason to welcome the novel perspectives and methodological approaches explored by the author, one of the most promising legal scholars in the field and one who will undoubtedly deliver works of a similar high quality in the future. (Pablo Ibáñez Colomo The Modern Law Review, Vol 76, No 2)

The research study is well written, critical, very interesting, and controversial, much of the analysis is not widely known.
The book will be of interest to those concerned with the reform of an important article in the competition rules and the 120 competition authorities around the world, most of which were created only recently. (Valentine Korah World Competition: Law and Economics Review)

...this book is a valuable contribution to the existing literature on Article 102 and the culmination of the author's years of research in the area of abuse of dominance. Her approach is a plausible alternative to the current approach
Even though the book is intended to be a research monograph rather than a textbook, it is easy to read and the author is successful in explaining complex issues and concepts in a simple manner. The book is, therefore, highly recommended to everyone. (Ahmet Faith Özkan European Competition Journal, August 2012)

This is an important and brave book. Its genesis is a doctoral thesis awarded by the University of East Anglia, yet another major contribution from the ESRC Centre for Competition Policy located at UEA. It has all the strengths and none of the weaknesses of a book derived from such research.
Dr Akman has read widely in several languages and a particular strength of the book is its willingness to place "competition law" in its theoretical and historical content and fully (100 pages) derive from archival research into the genesis of Article 102 and the latest economics.
She is not afraid to grapple with some of the complexities, and inconsistencies, of welfare economics and goes well beyond the usual (it must be said, superficial) treatment found in many other texts. A further strength lies in her very careful analysis of the key cases involving abuse. (Tom Sharpe Antitrust & Competition Policy Blog)

.deserves a place in all libraries of competition law academics and practitioners. (Dr Assimakis P. Komninos European Competition Law Review, Volume 35, Issue 6)

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