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Dr Anca Daniela Chirita

Assistant Professor of Competition Law

LLB (licence in law 2003), LLM (Saarbrücken 2005), Dr. iur. (PhD Saarbrücken), FHEA (Durham)

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Assistant Professor of Competition Law in Durham Law SchoolPCL14542860


Dr Anca Chirita publishes in the field of Competition Law and convenes Competition Law 3011 (2012 -140 students) and 40230 (2011 - 40 students). She is a member of the Senior Common Room at Grey College and a Non-Governmental Advisor to the International Competition Network for the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition for the Unilateral Conduct Working Group.

Her research has been published in journals such as International & Comparative Law Quarterly, Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies, German Journal of European Legal Studies, European Law Review, Irish Journal of European Law, Loyola Consumer Law Review (Loyola University Chicago), World Competition Law and Economics Review, European Competition Journal, European Competition Law Review, Competition Law Review, Oxford Competition Law, Competition Policy International and with Springer, Hart, Elgar, Nomos. Her recent publication in 33 Loyola Consumer Law Review (1) 2021 had received offers from European Competition Journal, Journal of European and Consumer Market Law and European Law Journal. Her recent research examined:

Durham student supervisees also published several articles in the European Competition Law Review (39 (2018) 2 49-63, 37 (2016) 10 406 and 5 179, 40 (2019) 3 107-113 and 2 83-92, 42 (2021) 9 520-534)); World Competition 41 (2018) 3, 419-452;Commonwealth Law Bulletin 46 (2020) 2 331-363; and the European Competition Journal 17 (2021) 2 407-436.

Since 2011, she serves as a member of the Editorial Review Board of OUP's Oxford Competition Law. She has acted as a peer-reviewer for CES (Columbia University) for conferences held in Philadelphia, Glasgow, Chicago and Madrid; for journals including the Oxford Journal of Competition Law and Economics, Oxford Journal of Antitrust Enforcement, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal, Competition Law Review, Yearbook of Antitrust and Regulatory Studies, Journal of European Consumer and Market Law etc; for books with Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Palgrave Macmillan, Hart, Routledge etc.; and for funding applications of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

She has presented her research at numerous events, e.g. the Law Society, Chatham House, ASCOLA New York, CES Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., SASE Berkeley, CES Sciences Po, Rovinj with four EU judges, XXIII Clasf Madrid, 53rd AIJA etc.

Academic citizenship service at Durham:

  • 2021 DLS’s Dissertation Committee
  • 2017-2021 DLS Chair of Ethics and Data Protection
  • 2016-2021 DLS’s Research Committee
  • 2016-2019 Co-chair of the DLS-DUBS’s Ethics Committee
  • 2017-2021 Faculty of Health and Social Sciences Ethics Committee
  • 2018-2019 Co-Director of the Institute of Commercial and Corporate Law
  • 2016-2017 Deputy Director of Research Impact
  • 2016-2017 Deputy Chair of the Ethics and Data Protection Peer Review
  • 2013-2014 Co-Director of the European Law Institute.

Prior to joining the Law School in 2011, she was a PhD fellow of the Adenauer Foundation at the Europa-Institute, Saarland University, Faculty of Law and Economics. Her PhD in competition law was supervised by Professors Helmuth Schröter and Torsten Stein and awarded ‘summa cum laude’. During her PhD, she worked as a national expert with the College of Europe, Bruges (DG COMP project 2010/11), as a trainee with the Monopolies Commission in Bonn (2009), and as a Blue Book trainee with the European Commission in Brussels (2007/08). Previously, she completed the LL.M advanced diploma in Saarbrücken with a triple specialism in competition law, human rights law and world trade (examinations in German, English and French).

Research Supervision

I hold an LLB degree in law (four years), an LLM in law with specialisation in competition law and a PhD in competition law. Therefore, I supervise in the areas of competition law, as suggested below:

  • the wider goals of competition policy, e.g., consumer wellbeing and sustainability.
  • abuse of a dominant position, e.g., the monopolisation of online platforms (GAFAM), monopolistic abuse of data sharing or combination, excessive or predatory pricing etc.
  • restraints of trade, e.g., algorithmic cartels, resale price maintenance etc.
  • mergers, e.g., public interest or data-driven mergers.
  • state aid, e.g., competition and inequality through unfair tax competition.

Primary supervisions: Ahmed Saim Pehlivanli (PhD), Chris SherwinLiran Pang (PhD).

Completions (2): R Wieser (MJur), G Bandi (PhD secondary).

External MPhil/PhD degree examinations (4): University of Oxford (2015, 2018, 2019), KCL (2017).

External examiner: Edinburgh Law School (2021 -).

Research Grants

Anca is a recipient of prestigious academic scholarships:

  • 2018/16 RIF £2,694
  • 2017/15 DIBS £5,867
  • 2014 CELS €2,100
  • 2012/14: DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) fellowship
  • 2011: Dr. Friedrich-Feldbausch-Stiftung Prize €900, Vereinigung der Freunde der Universität des Saarlandes €511, Adenauer Stiftung €1,022
  • 2011: College of Europe, Bruges, competition law expert for a project funded by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition €3,900
  • 2006/10: Adenauer Foundation doctoral fellowship €44,600
  • 2007/08 EC Blue Book traineeship €4,815
  • 2004/05: Federal Foreign Office Scholarship (Auswärtiges Amt) €12,022
  • LLB (four-year) scholarship for exceptional merit.

Research interests

  • Competition law (UK/EU) and US antitrust law, policy and economics
  • Abuse of a dominant position, mergers, cartels and state aid
  • Competition policy and the intersection of competition law with consumer law and environmental sustainability
  • Digital monopolies and data-driven mergers

Research groups

  • Durham European Law Institute
  • Human Rights Centre

Research Projects

  • Grants

Esteem Indicators

  • 2022: ICN NGA for EC DG COMP (2017-2022): Non-Governmental Advisor to the International Competition Network for the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition ;for the Cartel (2017/2018) and for the Unilateral Conduct Working Group (2018/2022).
  • 2020: Research engagement selected quotes:
    OECD DAF/COMP (2020)1 31 Springer chapter (2018)
    House of Lords (2018) at 54 147 186 and 198 written evidence (2018) interviewed by BBC Radio 4
    EC DG COMP Report (2016) ECLR article (2012)
    report commissioned for the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs (2016) CLR article (2015)
    EC Director-General for Competition ;Speech on the Object of Effects (2014) ICLQ article (2014)
  • 2012: Dr. Friedrich-Feldbausch-Stiftung Prize:


Authored book

Book review

Chapter in book

Edited Journal

  • Chirita, Anca Daniela (2017). Editorial: Competition and Regulatory Trends in Digital Markets. The Competition Law Review, 12 (2): The Competition Law Scholars Forum, 119-130.

Journal Article



Supervision students