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Market Definition in EU Competition Law

Miguel Sousa Ferro, Professor, University of Lisbon Law School and Universidade Europeia, Portugal
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.
Extent: 384 pp
Hardback Price: $155.00 Web: $139.50
Publication Date: 2019
ISBN: 978 1 78811 838 5
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Competition Policy
  • Law - Academic
  • Competition and Antitrust Law
  • European Law
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 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
Contents: Foreword 1. Introduction 2. Brief History of Market Definition 3. Conceptual Framework of Market Definition 4. Practical Relevance of Market Definition 5. Market Definition Method in EU Competition Law: General Issues 6. Product Market 7. Geographic Market 8. Temporal Market 9. Specific Challenges of Certain Markets 10. Proof and evidence 11. Judicial review of market definition 12. Recent Economic Proposals: The End of Market Definition? Index