International Competition Enforcement Law between Cooperation and Convergence

Jörg-Philipp Terhechte

The international dimensions of competition law and policy are most often examined at the level of substantive law. In this legal area both intentional and spontaneous assimilation and harmonization trends can be recognized, which manifest themselves e.g. in comparable approaches to combating particularly harmful restraints (so-called "hardcore cartels"). However, the complex terrain of enforcement law has been mainly ignored up to date. Are there common approaches in this field as well? How are the various competition laws linked with each other in respect to procedural norms? This book conceptualizes "International Competition Enforcement Law" against the backdrop of these issues and at the level of comparative law. The ciphers "cooperation" and "convergence" will serve as the two principle ideas for this book.

“The book focuses on the possibility ‘to delineate the general structures and basic principles of International Competition Enforcement Law’ … . International Competition Enforcement Law Between Cooperation and Convergence is a valuable work. Any future work in this area will no doubt have to rely on this seminal work. With its clear structure and argument, this book will prove to be essential reading for all academics, antitrust enforcers and policy makers involved in the enforcement of competition law.” (Concurrences, Issue 1, 2012)