Urska Petrovcic is a legal researcher at the Department of Law of the European University Institute. Her main areas of expertise include comparative competition law, unilateral conducts, and standardization activities. She is particularly interested in the application of antitrust rules in innovative industries, with a special focus on communications, and high tech sectors. In 2011-2012, Petrovcic had been a visiting scholar at the Boalt School of Law, within the Comparative and International Law Center. She acted as a legal consultant for several research projects, such as “The study on the impact of national rules on unilateral conduct that diverge from Article 102 of the TFEU (College of Europe)”. She is a regular speaker at international conferences on antitrust law, and a contributor to antitrust blogs and international periodicals.
Since 2009, she has periodically held lectures on competition law at the European Law Faculty of Nova Gorica (Slovenia). Petrovcic obtained her degree in Law (cum laude) at the University of Ljubljana. She holds two masters degrees: a Masters of Law and Economics (Erasmus University Rotterdam and University of Bologna) and a LL.M. in Comparative, European and International Laws (European University Institute). Before commencing her Ph.D., she worked as a law clerk in the Brussels office of the law firm Skadden, Arps. In 2008, she interned at the European Commission, working under the Directorate General of Competition. In 2009, she worked also as a judical clerk at the Higher Court of Ljubljana (Slovenia), both in the civil and in the criminal law department.During her stay in Washington, Petrovcic will work on the research project: “The Liability of Essential Patent Owners: A Trans-Atlantic Perspective”. The research analyses the limits European Union competition law and United States antitrust law pose on the conducts of standard essential patent (SEPs) owners, by identifying the conducts that are actionable under the provisions of Article 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, § 2 of the Sherman Act,and § 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act. The research also evaluates the obtained results from a policy perspective, assessing whether the approaches adopted in the two jurisdictions are wise as a matter of policy.
Dr. Sebastion Peyer
Dr Sebastian Peyer is a Post Doctoral Research Fellow with the ESRC Centre for Competition Policy at the University of East Anglia. He holds a degree in Law from Potsdam University (2004), an LLM in Competition Policy (2008) and a PhD (2011) from the University of East Anglia. Sebastian has worked extensively on private antitrust enforcement conducting empirical studies, analysing and comparing German, English and US antitrust enforcement rules. He is also interested in comparative law, litigation systems and class actions. For past projects he has researched consumer protection and merger control. He teaches competition law and law and economics.
Sebastian's current research project compares private antitrust enforcement in Germany, the UK and the United States. Private antitrust enforcement has developed differently in these jurisdictions despite the fact that many of the challenges plaintiffs face in legal proceedings are universal. The cases that are being brought differ with respect to their nature and their quantity. This research aims at understanding why the legal systems differ. The guiding question is why courts and legislators have preferred one solution to another and, thus, have designed differing national frameworks. During his research visit as an ABA Antitrust Section Scholar in Residence in Washington, D.C., Sebastian will scrutinise the factors that have shaped private antitrust actions in the United States. This research will help to enhance the understanding of institutions and actors forming a national system. The results from this research contribute to the ongoing debate about private antitrust enforcement Europe where frequent, but sometimes skewed, references to the US antitrust litigation system are made.