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Scholar-In-Residence Program

Scholar-In-Residence Program

Scholars-in-Residence 2016

The Section of Antitrust Law International Scholar in Residence Program (“SAL SIR”) will provide funding of $10,000.00 USD each for up to two scholars to visit the United States to pursue competition policy-related research in the Spring of 2016.

Dr Baskaran Balasingham has recently been awarded a PhD from the Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London. He graduated from King's College London with a masters in competition law (2010). Afterwards he completed a traineeship in the cartels division of DG Competition (European Commission). In 2011, Baskaran returned to King's to start his PhD under the supervision of Professors Alison Jones and Richard Whish. His doctoral thesis dealt with the effectiveness and fairness in the EU leniency policy. During his PhD studies he taught the undergraduate module in EU Competition law for two consecutive years and worked as a research assistant for several months. In the last year of the PhD he worked as a full-time legal researcher at the UK Competition and Markets Authority. Baskaran is active in the research and teaching community. He is the founder of the Herbert Smith Freehills Competition Law Moot which is now in its second edition.

Baskaran is currently working on a research project dealing with the competitive effects of retail-Most-Favoured Nation (MFN) clauses under EU and UK competition law and US antitrust law. During his research visit as an ABA Antitrust Section Scholar in Residence at Georgetown University Law Center Baskaran will seek to explore the US approach to retail-MFNs, in particular whether those clauses should fall under the per se rule or the rule of reason.

Laura Guttuso
is currently a doctoral researcher at the TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland, Australia, as well as being a Research Scholar at its Centre for Public, International and Comparative Law (CPICL). She teaches Business and Corporations Law, and is a Guest Lecturer on the LLM Competition Law module at the University of Queensland.

Laura started her legal career working as an Associate and Senior Associate at Herbert Smith Freehills in London, specialising in EU and UK competition law. In 2006, she moved to the UK competition authority, where she performed a number of roles, notably, Senior Legal and Policy Adviser, Team Leader in the Cartels Group, and, more recently, Assistant-Director in the General Counsel's Office.

Laura holds a BSc (Economics) degree from the London School of Economics, and a law degree from Wolfson College, Cambridge University. In 2013, she obtained First Class Honours in her LLM from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, for her research on the treatment of leniency materials in competition litigation proceedings. Laura received the 2015 Owen Fletcher Publication Award for her book chapter ‘Leniency and the Two Faces of Janus: Where Public and Private Enforcement Merge and Converge' in Caron Beaton-Wells' and Christopher Tran's book edition Anti-Cartel Enforcement in a Contemporary Age: The Leniency Religion (Hart Publishing, 2015). Her current PhD research project is entitled ‘In pursuit of cartels: a critical analysis of the dynamics between public and private enforcement', supervised by The Honourable Justice Andrew Greenwood and Professor Kit Barker.

Her project analyses the challenges resulting from the interplay between public and private actions against cartels, and performs a comparative review across a number of key jurisdictions, these being the United States (US), the European Union (EU), and Australia. Her research seeks to make a novel contribution to answering the important question as to how public and private enforcement mechanisms against cartels could be better optimised, particularly in Australia. This also means reassessing the role not just leniency applicants, but also competition authorities, and the courts, can play in the wider system. The US has ample experience of both public and private enforcement, and therefore provides a key comparator. During her visit, Laura proposes to study the interplay between criminal and private proceedings in the US in more detail. For example, the scope of the US discovery process, and the circumstances under which a civil court will grant prima facie preclusive effect to a prior judgment, are all relevant to her research. The aim is to learn from a jurisdiction in which criminal cartel powers are already deeply embedded in the system.

2015 Scholars-In-Residence

Theodosia Stavroulaki is a PhD researcher at the Law Department of the European University Institute. Her main areas of expertise include EU competition law, health law and policy, law and economics. Her PhD research project which is entitled ‘The integration of healthcare quality under a competition law analysis: Current challenges and proposals for further development’ and which is supervised by Professor Giorgio Monti, examines how and to what extent healthcare quality may be taken into account under EU competition law. In particular, the primary goal of her thesis is to explore the relationship between the element of health care quality and the application of EU competition law by examining two essential questions. First, what are the main competition law concerns which have been raised or are expected to be raised in light of the application of EU competition law in the newly reformed national healthcare systems of the Netherlands and the UK? Second, how can healthcare quality be assessed when the competent Courts and competition law enforcers are confronted with these issues? During her stay in Washington DC she aims to examine these questions with an eye to the FTC’s approach to the application of US antirust in the field of healthcare. Before coming to Washington DC Stavroulaki was a visiting scholar at the Law Department of the London School of Economics. Since 2014 she is also an editor of the antitrust and law & economics section of the law journal ‘European Journal of Legal Studies. She holds three masters degrees: an LLM in Law and Economics (Utrecht University), an executive MSc in European Economic Studies (Athens University of Economics and Business) and an LL.M. in Comparative, European and International Laws (European University Institute). Before commencing her PhD at the European University Institute Stavroulaki worked as an antitrust associate in a leading law firm in Greece in EU competition Law. In addition, in March of 2009, she interned at the Private Enforcement Unit of DG Competition of European Commission.

Lukáš Tóth is a PhD student in Economics as the Amsterdam Center for Law & Economics (ACLE), University of Amsterdam (UvA). Lukáš obtained his M.Phil. in Economics (2012) at the Tinbergen Institute and a Bachelor's degree in Economics (2010) at the Charles University in Prague. During his studies, he interned in the National Economic Council of the Czech Republic, taught Philosophy and Economics at the Charles University in Prague, worked on a book Economics of Good and Evil, and co-founded a NGO Inventory of Democracy.

Lukáš's academic interests lie in economics of regulation and antitrust, organizational and institutional economics and contract theory. His PhD research is focused on the decision-making of regulatory agencies.



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Scholar-In-Residence Application Details

Junior faculty members (those who have been engaged in full-time teaching for five years or less) as well as current or recent Ph.D. students who have a demonstrated interest in the study of competition policy are invited to apply. Click "more" for full details.

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