General Court of the European Union (Luxembourg)

Marc van der Woude

General Court of the European Union (Luxembourg)

Born 1960; law degree (University of Groningen, 1983); studies at the College of Europe (1983-84); Assistant Lecturer at the College of Europe (1984-86); Lecturer at Leiden University (1986-87); Rapporteur in the Directorate-General for Competition of the Commission of the European Communities (1987-89); Legal Secretary at the Court of Justice of the European Communities (1989-92); Policy Coordinator in the Directorate-General for Competition of the Commission of the European Communities (1992-93); Member of the Legal Service of the Commission of the European Communities (1993-95); Member of the Brussels Bar from 1995; Professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam from 2000; author of numerous publications; Judge at the General Court since 13 September 2010. He is President of the General Court since September 2019.

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Marc van der Woude Opening (New Frontiers of Antitrust - Paris, 26 June 2017)


In 2015 the legislator decided that the number of judges at the General Court be doubled in three successive steps so as to allow it to face its increasing workload and to rule within a reasonable delay. This contribution briefly explains which measures the General Court adopted to implement (...)

Bernard van de Walle de Ghelcke, Denis Waelbroeck, Eric Morgan de Rivery, Filippo Amato, Jacques Bourgeois, Leonardo Armati, Marc van der Woude, Massimo Merola, Matthew Levitt, Tarik Hennen Towards an optimal enforcement of competition rules in Europe: Time for a Review of Regulation 1/2003?


The Fifth annual conference of the Global Competition Law Centre, held in Brussels on 11-12 June 2009, was dedicated to the Commission’s review of EC Regulation 1/2003. These contributions are the summaries of six work groups: I) The directly applicable exception system and the direct (...)

Marc van der Woude Pharmaceutical products: The CFI annuls the European Commission decision rejecting a request for a negative clearance and exemption for a dual pricing system based on the destination of pharmaceutical products (GlaxoSmithKline Services)


IFC, 27 September 2006, GlaxoSmithKline Services, Case T-168/01 The debate: restriction by object or effect Since the end of the nineties and in particular since the adoption of Regulation 2790/1999 on vertical restraints, the Commission has been advocating a more economic analysis of (...)

Marc van der Woude Relevant market: The Paris Court of Appeal confirms the French Competition Council decision fining information exchange between six palace hotels (Hôtel Le Bristol)


CA Paris, 1st ch. H, 26 September 2006, Hôtel Le Bristol and others.against Cons. conc., Dec. no. 05-D-64 a so-called Parisian palace affair Do economic actors always act rationally? This question is implicit in the Court of Appeal’s ruling on the exchange of information between six Parisian (...)

Marc van der Woude Antidoping rules: The ECJ holds that the CFI gave a too narrow definition of the scope of the competition rules, but rejects the application in view of the legitimate objective pursued by the contested rules (Meca-Medina)


ECJ, 18 July 2006, Meca-Medina and Majcen, case C-519/04 P This case concerns the suspension of two professional swimmers by the International Swimming Federation for the use of certain substances prohibited by the IOC Anti-Doping Rules. According to the two sportsmen and women, these rules (...)

Marc van der Woude Restriction of competition: The European Commission failed to demonstrate why the notified agreement restricted competition in the telecommunications sector (O2)


Le Tribunal annule une décision d’exemption, au motif que la Commission n’a pas démontré l’impact de l’accord notifié sur la concurrence CFI, 2 May 2006, O2 v. Commission, Case T-328/03 By its judgment of 2 May 2006, the Court of First Instance confirmed and clarified its case-law M6 v Commission (...)

Marc van der Woude Football Audiovisual Rights: The European Commission approves the undertakings proposed by the Football Association Premier League (Premier League)


La Commission approuve après une longue procédure menée sur la base des Règ. n° 17 et n° 1/2003 les engagements proposés par la Football Association Premier League EC Commission, 22 March 2006, FAPL (Premier League), Case COMP/C-2/38.173, C(2006)868 final. EC Comm, Press Release IP/06/356 Following (...)

Marc van der Woude Access to an infrastructure: The Court of Cassation rules on the conditions for access to a slaughter house (Abattoir de Laval - Privileg...)


La Cour de cassation rejette le pourvoi formé contre l’arrêt de la Cour d’appel dans l’affaire de l’accès à l’abattoir de Laval Cass. com, 14 March 2006, Privileg, Mayenne Viande, Les Fermiers de l’Erve and STAL, n° 05-13.048 and 05-13.118 On 22 February 2005 the Paris Court of Appeal dismissed the (...)

Marc van der Woude Market Sharing: The CFI confirms the European Commission’s decision fining an agreement on mutual respect of beer distribution channels (Luxembourg Brewers)


Le TPI rejette intégralement le recours formé par les brasseries luxembourgeoises contre la décision sanctionnant leur convention de respect mutuel des réseaux de distribution (TPICE, 27 juillet 2005, Brasserie Nationale SA e.a. c/Commission, aff. T-49/02 à T-51/02) CFI, 27 July 2005, Brasserie (...)

Marc van der Woude Mitigation of the fine: The CFI confirms the European Commissions’s decision sanctioning market sharing between SAS and Maerks (Scandinavian Airlines System)


Le TPI rejette intégralement le recours formé par SAS contre la décision sanctionnant l’accord de partage de marché conclu entre SAS et Maersk (TPICE, 18 juillet 2005, Scandinavian Airlines System AB c/ Commission, aff. T-241/01) CFI, 18 July 2005, Scandinavian Airlines System v Commission, Case (...)

Marc van der Woude Fining guidelines - Group company: The ECJ assesses the validity of the fining guidelines and rules on the imputability of infringement to a group of companies (Dansk Rorindustri)


Validité et interprétation des lignes directrices - Imputabilité de l’infraction à un groupe de sociétés ECJ, 28 June 2005, Dansk Rørindustri a. o. v. Commission, Joined cases C-189/02 P, C-202/02 P, C-205/02 P to C-208/02 P and C-213/02 P The leniency policy pursued by the Commission since its (...)

Marc van der Woude, Michel Debroux Sanction: The French Competition Council sanctions practices implemented by associations of cauliflowers producers to regulate prices and outputs (Cauliflowers producers)


Condamnation des mesures des associations de producteurs et de leur comité économique visant à réglementer les prix et les débouchés Conc. conc. dec. no. 05-D-10, 15 March 2005 concerning restrictive practices implemented on the cauliflower market in Brittany, France. The agricultural sector (...)

Marc van der Woude Architects’ professional association: The Paris Court of Appeal upholds the fine imposed on the Architects’ professional association of Aquitaine for having influenced its members with a view to refuse competition (Architects of Aquitaine)


La Cour d’appel de Paris confirme la sanction infligée par le Conseil de la concurrence à l’Ordre des architectes d’Aquitaine et à une association d’architectes pour avoir exercé des pressions sur ses membres et sur divers maîtres d’ouvrage publics en vue de refuser la mise en concurrence sur honoraires (...)

Marc van der Woude Single and continued infringement: The European Commission sanctions a single and continued infringement between North-American and European producers (Choline Chlorure)


Infraction unique et continue entre producteurs nord-américains et européens EC Commission, 9 December 2004, Choline Chloride, Case COMP/37.533 Recent cartel decisions have several aspects in common. First, most of the facts at issue took place in the 1990s. Secondly, the Commission became (...)

Marc van der Woude Enquiry: The European Commission puts an end to the enquiry on the most favored supplier provision contained in supply agreements between some Hollywood majors and pay-TV networks (Hollywood Studios)


Fin de l’enquête relative aux clauses du fournisseur le plus favorisé figurant dans les contrats de fourniture conclu entre les studios hollywoodiens et les chaînes de télévision à péage EC Comm, Press Release IP/04/1316, 26 October 2004, Pay Television Film Output Agreements, Case COMP/38.427 (...)

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