*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. I. Expanding the circle 1. When I began my professional career in the early 1980s, competition law was perceived as a little-known, even obscure discipline, the study and practice of which were reserved for a relatively small circle of lawyers. Apart from the European and national officials directly responsible for the application of this law, this circle was limited, in the majority of member states, to academics and practitioners specialized in European law or economic administrative law. In my country, for example, these few lawyers, together with one or two economists, used to meet monthly at the University of Leiden to discuss the decision-making
Competition law has undergone a transformation over the past forty years. It is no longer a little-known discipline reserved for a relatively small circle of legal experts but is now a discipline in its own right, exercised throughout the world and bringing together thousands of practitioners. This contribution sets out some of the factors that explain the transformation of competition law and the challenges that this transformation raises for the administration of justice by the European courts.
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