Peter Whelan

University of Leeds
Professor

Professor Peter Whelan is a Professor of Law at the School of Law, University of Leeds, where he is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies. Peter holds both a Degree in Law and French and a Master of Laws from Trinity College Dublin. During his primary degree, he spent a university year studying French law at the Université de Poitiers, France. He came first overall in his class in his Senior Freshman year at Trinity. Peter also holds a PhD in Law from St John’s College, University of Cambridge. Peter is a US Attorney-at-Law and a registered member of the New York State Bar. Peter has published widely in specialist competition law journals (in the US and in Europe) as well as in generalist law journals (including Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Cambridge Law Journal and Modern Law Review). In 2009, Peter won the ‘Reddy Charlton McKnight Prize for Legal Scholarship’, which was awarded by the Trinity College Law Review. In 2014, he was shortlisted by the Institute of Competition Law for an Antitrust Writing Award. Peter’s work on antitrust criminalisation has also received judicial endorsement: his published research was quoted with approval by Mr Justice McKechnie in the Central Criminal Court (High Court) in Dublin in the leading Irish criminal cartel case of DPP v. Duffy and Duffy Motors (Newbridge) Ltd [2009] IEHC 208. To date, Peter’s research has been cited in over 300 different publications. It has been relied upon by the Australian Senate (in an official report), the Swiss Competition Commission (in an antitrust decision), the Finnish Competition Authority, the Finnish delegation to the Competition Committee of the OECD, the International Competition Network, researchers at the Dutch Competition Authority (’NMa’), the (then) Chairman of the UK Competition Commission (in two policy speeches), the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (in a submission to Parliament), the Federation of German Consumer Organisations (in a submission to the European Commission), UNCTAD, legal counsel at the Competition Commission of South Africa, the Research Office of the Danish Ministry of Justice, and researchers in the Ministry of Economic Development in New Zealand. In November 2012, Peter presented oral evidence to the Commerce Committee of the New Zealand Parliament on Clause 18 of their Commerce (Cartels and Other Matters) Amendment Bill. In November 2013 he was appointed as an ’International Expert’ by the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority to advise it on the desirability of introducing criminal cartel sanctions in Finland. He presented his final report to the Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy in May 2014. In Bucharest in October 2014, Peter provided training in competition law to a variety of judges from different levels of the Romanian judicial system. Peter is currently a Non-Governmental Advisor to the International Competition Network. Peter regularly presents his research at home and abroad. For example, he has delivered guest lectures at the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, University College London, Queen’s University Belfast, Strathclyde University, City University, the University of Warsaw, NALSAR (Hyderabad), Christ University (Bangalore) and National Law School of India University. He has presented papers at a number of prestigious conferences, including in Japan, China, Spain, Norway, Finland, France, Romania, Italy, Portugal, Hungary, South Africa, and at the Competition Appeal Tribunal in London. He has also been a participant at the by-invite only annual symposium on antitrust enforcement held in Washington DC, which is organised by the Journal of Antitrust Enforcement. He recently delivered a keynote address at a conference in the Netherlands. Peter recently completed a monograph analysing the theoretical, legal and practical challenges of European antitrust criminalisation, which was published by Oxford University Press as part of their series Oxford Studies in European Law. Peter is the Managing Editor of Oxford Competition Law, an innovative online national competition law case-reporting service operated by OUP which became available in 2013. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of five journals: World Competition; Journal of Antitrust Enforcement; New Journal of European Criminal Law; Romanian Competition Journal; and Journal of Financial Crime. He is an Associate Member of the Centre for Competition Policy. He is also a peer-reviewer of grant applications under the Newton Fund of the British Council. In 2017 he was appointed as an Assessor (peer-reviewer) of grant applications to both the Australian Research Council and the Irish Research Council. In 2015, Peter was a co-investigator on the project ‘EU Social and Labour Rights under Internal Market Law’, which was funded by the European Parliament to the tune of €118,000 (Reference: IP/A/EMPL/ST/2014-02). He has also worked on competition law projects for DG Sanco (European Commission), Consumers International, British Telecom, the Competition Committee of the OECD, and the British Brands Group. For four years Peter acted as an external examiner for seven law modules on the LLB and LLM programmes at Newcastle Law School, the University of Newcastle. In 2013 Peter was a Visiting Professor at the Institute of International Trade and Law in Moscow, Russia. Peter is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Peter is a Member of the Academic Society for Competition Law and sits on the Council of the Society of Legal Scholars. In 2017, Peter was appointed to the Judging Panel of the Undergraduate Awards, the world’s largest international academic awards programme that acknowledges the brightest and most innovative undergraduate students. Prior to taking up his current position, Peter was a Senior Lecturer in Law at the UEA Law School, University of East Anglia and was a Faculty Member of the ESRC Centre for Competition Policy. Before moving to UEA, Peter worked in New York City and in the People’s Republic of China. For a number of years he was also the Research Fellow in Competition Law at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) in London. In addition to conducting competition law research for BIICL, he also provided training in EU competition law to various consumer organisations across 14 EU Member States. Peter was also a Research Assistant (to Professor Sciarra) at the University of Cambridge and was the Managing Editor of the Cambridge Student Law Review.

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Peter Whelan Criminal sanctions: An overview of EU and national case law

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It is often claimed that in recent years there has been a "worldwide trend" concerning the criminalisation of anticompetitive behaviour. Having recently reread all of the (one hundred or so) articles and case notes published by e-Competitions which are relevant to the subject of criminal (...)

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