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Professor Eyad Maher Dabbah, LLB (Wales) LLM PhD (Lond), Barrister (Middle Temple)

Eyad Maher

Professor of Competition Law and Policy

Email: m.dabbah@qmul.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 8122
Room Number: Mile End
Website: http://www.icc.qmul.ac.uk

Profile

Eyad Maher Dabbah holds a chair in competition law and policy. He joined Queen Mary University of London in October 2001. Prior to that he was a lecturer in law at King's College, University of London where he taught EU competition law on the LLM programme and EU law, property law, trusts law and business tenancies on the LLB programme. Eyad Maher specialises in the field of antitrust and competition. He has published widely in this field and is the author of several books dealing with national, regional and global competition law and policy. He is also the editor of two major works in the field: Merger Control Worldwide (with Paul Lasok QC) and Anti-cartel Enforcement Worldwide (with Professor Barry Hawk). Eyad Maher is a frequent speaker at competition law conferences and events and has taught competition law - as visiting professor - in many places around the world. He acts as special counsel and consultant to several governments, international organisations and business firms.

Eyad Maher is the General Editor (with Barry Hawk) for the Antitrust and Competition Series at Cambridge University Press and was called to the Bar in England and Wales. He is the recipient of a Harmsworth Major Scholarship.

At Queen Mary University of London, Eyad Maher is the course leader of LLM EU Competition Law (also by distance learning), LLM International and Comparative Competition Law (also by distance learning), LLM International Merger Control (also by distance learning) and LLB Competition Law. He is the founder and Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Competition Law and Policy (ICC). He previously served as director of the School of Law LLM programme (between 2002-2005).

Beyond competition law, Eyad Maher takes particular interest in the Middle East, especially Middle Eastern politics and the Arab-Israeli conflict. He has had various involvements on these fronts over the years and used to be active in the Middle-East peace process many years ago, especially when he served as head of the Union of Israeli Students in the United Kingdom, an organisation of which he was the first and only Arab to be voted and appointed Chairman. He is the author of the book, A Promising Middle East (2014) which deals with issues of major importance for the Middle East region - notably, education, ideology, political leadership, race and religion, culture, democracy and peace.

Eyad Maher has particular expertise in the following areas of competition law:

International and comparative aspects

Eyad Maher is widely regarded as a leading expert and scholar in the area of international and comparative competition law. He has published extremely extensively in this area and is the author of one of the leading sources in the area, International and Comparative Competition Law (Cambridge, 2010). He is also the author of The Internationalisation of Antitrust Policy (Cambridge, 2003) which is the first competition law book to be translated into Chinese worldwide. Eyad Maher has been a strong advocate of building international strategies in the field of competition law. He has also written and advised on almost all competition law regimes around the world, making him, thus, a prominent figure when comparing between competition laws of different jurisdictions. His advice is often sought by businesses and governments on cross-border competition issues where a comparative perspective is highly valued by these entities for the purposes of solving complex issues.

Developing and emerging economies

In relation to developing and emerging economies, Eyad Maher has devoted a considerable part of his energy and focus to promoting competition and building and advancing competition law regimes in these economies. He has advised a number of governments around the developing world in relation to their competition policy and law. This has included conducting appraisal and reviews of competition law regimes in developing economies as well as drafting competition legislation. In addition to providing advice to governments, Eyad Maher has also acted as consultant to international organisations in this area including to the World Bank, the International Development Law Organisation and the OECD.

Eyad Maher has written a number of key texts dealing with developing and emerging economies. He is also the author of the first and sole book dealing with Competition Law and Policy in the Middle East (Cambridge, 2007), an area in relation to which Eyad Maher is regarded as the leading authority in the field of competition law. The book deals with competition law and competition policy in all Middle Eastern countries and it explores the relevant regional elements of competition law in this unique part of the world.

Eyad Maher’s work in relation to emerging economies covers procedural and enforcement matters as well as substantive law, notably abuse of dominance and monopolies, mergers and cartels.

Merger control

Eyad Maher has been very active in the area of merger control, both as an author and consultant. He has particular interest in cross-border elements of merger issues at both policy and practical levels. In 2011, he acted as a consultant to the OECD on a project dealing with cross-border merger control in emerging economies. In recent years, he has handled highly complex merger control questions notably with regard to: how should conglomerate mergers be appraised; bilateral cooperation between competition authorities (especially in terms of exchange of business confidential information); government involvement and national champions; and building business strategies on the issue of ‘remedies’ in merger cases requiring multiple filings around the world.    

Cartel enforcement

Other than being a co-editor of Anti-Cartel Enforcement Worldwide, Eyad Maher has advised on cartel regulation in different jurisdictions around the world. One of the areas on which he has focused in his work is leniency programmes, in terms of formulating and building new leniency programmes in emerging economies as well as revising existing leniency programmes in advance and young competition law regimes alike in order to render them more effective and more suitable to the relevant regime.   

Training and compliance

Eyad Maher has been involved in the training of government officials, judges, lawyers and economists from over forty countries in the field of competition law. He has conducted competition law training and delivered lectures at the highest level worldwide including lectures and training to the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) and key international bodies, such as the International Development Law Organisation (IDLO). He has also conducted training to judges on behalf of the EU as well as training to UK High Court (Chancery Division) judges. His training to judges has covered principally EU and UK competition law.

In the area of corporate compliance, Eyad Maher’s work has focused on building advance, cross-border and tailor-specific compliance programmes especially for multinational businesses involved in different competition law regimes.     

Undergraduate Teaching

  • LAW6048 Competition Law

Postgraduate Teaching

  • QLLM044 International and Comparative Competition Law
  • QLLM124 European Union Competition Law
  • QLLM094 UK Competition Law
  • QLLM060 International Merger Control

Research

Publications

Books

  • Dabbah, A Promising Middle East (Contento, 2014)
  • Dabbah and Lasok (Eds.), Merger Control Worldwide (2 vols), Cambridge University Press, second edition, 2012)
  • Dabbah, International and Comparative Competition Law (Cambridge University Press, 2010), 679 pp);
  • Dabbah and Hawk (Eds.), Anti-Cartel Enforcement Worldwide (3 Vol. Cambridge University Press, 2009);
  • Dabbah, Competition Law and Policy in the Middle East (Cambridge University Press, 2007), 366 pp ;
  • Dabbah and Lasok (Eds.), Second Supplement, Merger Control Worldwide (Cambridge University Press, 2007/8), 170 pp;
  • Dabbah and Lasok (Eds.), First Supplement, Merger Control Worldwide (Cambridge University Press, 2006), 85 pp;
  • Dabbah and Lasok (Eds.), Merger Control Worldwide (2 vols, Cambridge University Press, 2005), 1564 pp;
  • Dabbah, EC and UK Competition Law: Commentary, Cases and Materials (Cambridge University Press, 2004), 725 pp;
  • Dabbah, The Internationalisation of Antitrust Policy (Cambridge University Press, 2003), 322 pp;
  • Akopova, Bothe, Dabbah, Entin and Vodolagin (Eds.), The Russian Federation and European Law (Hopma Publishing, 2001);

Articles and chapters in books

  • Dabbah, ‘Merger control in Middle Eastern countries: A perspective on challenges and opportunities’ in Lowe and Marquis, Merger Control in European and Global Perspective (Hart Publishing, 2013)
  • Dabbah, ‘The work competition authorities do: an appraisal’ (2013) Europäisches Wirtschafts- und Steuerrecht [PDF 199KB]
  • Dabbah, ‘Islam, Islamic countries and competition law: From past glory to modern day challenges’ (2012)(2) CPI Antitrust Chronicle [PDF 216KB] 1
  • Dabbah, ‘The relationship between competition authorities and sector regulators: Managing the interface’ (2011) Cambridge Law Journal 113
  • Dabbah, ‘Competition law and policy in developing countries: A critical assessment of the challenges to establishing an effective competition law regime’ (2010) World Competition 457
  • Dabbah, 'Competition policy, abusive dominance and economic development: some reflections' in Hawk (ed), International Antitrust Law and Policy (Juris Publishing, 2011)
  • Dabbah, 'Competition policy, abusive dominance and economic development: some reflections' in Lugard (ed), The International Competition Network at Ten (Intersentia, 2011) 
  • Dabbah, jurisdictional chapter, ‘Barbados’ in Dabbah and Lasok, Merger Control Worldwide (Cambridge University Press, second edition)
  • Dabbah, jurisdictional chapter, ‘China’ in Dabbah and Lasok, Merger Control Worldwide (Cambridge University Press, second edition) (co-authored)
  • Dabbah, jurisdictional chapter, ‘Costa Rica’ in Dabbah and Lasok, Merger Control Worldwide (Cambridge University Press, second edition) (co-authored)
  • Dabbah, jurisdictional chapter, ‘Cyprus’ in Dabbah and Lasok, Merger Control Worldwide (Cambridge University Press, second edition) (co-authored)
  • Dabbah, jurisdictional chapter, ‘Israel’ in Dabbah and Lasok, Merger Control Worldwide (Cambridge University Press, second edition) (co-authored)
  • Dabbah, jurisdictional chapter, ‘Kenya’ in Dabbah and Lasok, Merger Control Worldwide (Cambridge University Press, second edition)
  • Dabbah, jurisdictional chapter, ‘Peru’  in Dabbah and Lasok, Merger Control Worldwide (Cambridge University Press, second edition) (co-authored)
  • Dabbah, jurisdictional chapter, ‘Russia’ in Dabbah and Lasok, Merger Control Worldwide (Cambridge University Press, second edition)
  • Dabbah, jurisdictional chapter, ‘Tunisia’ in Dabbah and Lasok, Merger Control Worldwide (Cambridge University Press, second edition)
  • Dabbah, jurisdictional chapter, ‘Turkey’ in Dabbah and Lasok, Merger Control Worldwide (Cambridge University Press, second edition) (co-authored)
  • Dabbah, jurisdictional chapter, ‘Uzbekistan’ in Dabbah and Lasok, Merger Control Worldwide (Cambridge University Press, second edition)
  • Dabbah, jurisdictional chapter, ‘Zambia’ in Dabbah and Lasok, Merger Control Worldwide (Cambridge University Press, second edition)
  • Dabbah, 'Cross-border merger control: challenges for developing and emerging economies', Report produced for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, OECD (2011)
  • Dabbah, ‘Policy perspective on international cooperation’ in Guzman, Cooperation, Comity, and Competition Policy (Oxford University Press, 2010)
  • Dabbah, jurisdictional chapter, ‘Algeria’ in Dabbah and Hawk, Anti-cartel Enforcement Worldwide (Cambridge University Press, 2009)
  • Dabbah, jurisdictional chapter, ‘Egypt’ in Dabbah and Hawk, Anti-cartel Enforcement Worldwide (Cambridge University Press, 2009)
  • Dabbah, jurisdictional chapter, ‘Israel’ in Dabbah and Hawk, Anti-cartel Enforcement Worldwide (Cambridge University Press, 2009)
  • Dabbah, jurisdictional chapter, ‘Algeria’ in Dabbah and Hawk, Anti-cartel Enforcement Worldwide (Cambridge University Press, 2009)
  • Dabbah, jurisdictional chapter, ‘Jordan’ in Dabbah and Hawk, Anti-cartel Enforcement Worldwide (Cambridge University Press, 2009)
  • Dabbah, jurisdictional chapter, ‘Morocco’ in Dabbah and Hawk, Anti-cartel Enforcement Worldwide (Cambridge University Press, 2009)
  • Dabbah, jurisdictional chapter, ‘Qatar’ in Dabbah and Hawk, Anti-cartel Enforcement Worldwide (Cambridge University Press, 2009)
  • Dabbah, jurisdictional chapter, ‘Saudi Arabia’ in Dabbah and Hawk, Anti-cartel Enforcement Worldwide (Cambridge University Press, 2009)
  • Dabbah, jurisdictional chapter, ‘Tunisia’ in Dabbah and Hawk, Anti-cartel Enforcement Worldwide (Cambridge University Press, 2009)
  • Dabbah, Essay on ‘Absolute territorial protection’ in the New Oxford Companion to Law (Oxford University Press, 2008)
  • Dabbah, Essay on ‘Cartels’ ‘in the New Oxford Companion to Law (Oxford University Press, 2008)
  • Dabbah, Essay on ‘Concerted practices’ in the New Oxford Companion to Law (Oxford University Press, 2008)
  • Dabbah, Essay on ‘Horizontal agreements’ in the New Oxford Companion to Law (Oxford University Press, 2008)
  • Dabbah, ‘The development of sound competition law and policy in China: an (im)possible dream?’ (2007) World Competition 341
  • Dabbah, ‘Reforming the Israeli competition law regime: Lessons from the EC’ (2007) Hamishpat 1 (in Hebrew)
  • Dabbah, jurisdictional chapter, ‘China’ in Dabbah and Lasok, First and Second Supplement, Merger Control Worldwide (Cambridge University Press, 2006, 2007)
  • Dabbah, jurisdictional chapter, ‘Barbados’ in Dabbah and Lasok, Merger Control Worldwide (Cambridge University Press, 2005)
  • Dabbah, jurisdictional chapter, ‘China’ in Dabbah and Lasok, Merger Control Worldwide (Cambridge University Press, 2005)
  • Dabbah, jurisdictional chapter, ‘Costa Rica’ in Dabbah and Lasok, Merger Control Worldwide (Cambridge University Press, 2005)
  • Dabbah, jurisdictional chapter, ‘Cyprus’ in Dabbah and Lasok, Merger Control Worldwide (Cambridge University Press, 2005)
  • Dabbah, jurisdictional chapter, ‘Israel’ in Dabbah and Lasok, Merger Control Worldwide (Cambridge University Press, 2005)
  • Dabbah, jurisdictional chapter, ‘Kenya’ in Dabbah and Lasok, Merger Control Worldwide (Cambridge University Press, 2005)
  • Dabbah, jurisdictional chapter, ‘Peru’ in Dabbah and Lasok, Merger Control Worldwide (Cambridge University Press, 2005)
  • Dabbah, jurisdictional chapter, ‘Russia’ in Dabbah and Lasok, Merger Control Worldwide (Cambridge University Press, 2005)
  • Dabbah, jurisdictional chapter, ‘Tunisia’ in Dabbah and Lasok, Merger Control Worldwide (Cambridge University Press, 2005)
  • Dabbah, jurisdictional chapter, ‘Turkey’ in Dabbah and Lasok, Merger Control Worldwide (Cambridge University Press, 2005)
  • Dabbah, jurisdictional chapter, ‘Uzbekistan’ in Dabbah and Lasok, Merger Control Worldwide (Cambridge University Press, 2005)
  • Dabbah, jurisdictional chapter, ‘Zambia’ in Dabbah and Lasok, Merger Control Worldwide (Cambridge University Press, 2005)
  • Dabbah, ‘Opinion: Tetra Laval v. European Commission’ (2004) 3 Competition Law Journal 234
  • Dabbah, ‘The internationalisation of competition law and MNEs as non-state actors in the process’ (2003) 3 Non-State Actors and International Law 1
  • Dabbah, ‘The international influence of EC competition law’ in I Akopova, M Bothe, M Dabbah, L Entin and S Vodolagin (eds), The Russian Federation and European Law (Hopma Publishing, 2001)
  • Dabbah, ‘Measuring the success of a system of competition law’ (2000) 21 European Competition Law Review 369
  • Dabbah, ‘Conduct, dominance and abuse in market relationship: analysis of Some conceptual issues under Article 82 EC’ (2000) 21 European Competition Law Review 45
  • Dabbah, ‘The dilemma of Keck: the nature of the ruling and the practical implications of the judgment’ (1999) Irish Journal of European Law 84

PhD Supervision

Eyad Maher welcomes proposals for postgraduate supervision in all aspects of competition law and policy.

He currently supervises these research students:

  • Eda Sahin

Candidates who recently successfully completed their PhDs under Professor Eyad Maher Dabbah's supervision:

Dr Michele Giannino; Dr Jessica Hua Su; Dr Andreas Themelis; Dr Marsela Maci; Dr Mohamed El-Far; Dr Kadir Bas; Dr Ioannis Kalozymis

PhD examinations:

  • ‘Consumer Participation in Competition Policy’
  • ‘A Singaporean Competition Law’
  • ‘The impacts of the World Trade Organisation on the Formulation of the Antimonopoly Law of the People’s Republic of China’
  • ‘Saudi Arbitration Law: A comparative perspective in the light of the UNCITRAL Model Law, and with Reference to the Arbitration Laws in UK, Egypt and Bahrain’
  • ‘Systemic Analysis of the Properties of the Liner and Tramp Maritime Transport and Matters of Synergy’
  • ‘Is there a tension between the goals of protection of economic freedom and the promotion of consumer welfare in the application of Article 82 EC?’
  • ‘Conceptualizing Abuse of Dominance under EU and Egyptian Competition Laws: The Risks in Transplanting Legal Concepts?’
  • ‘The role of efficiencies under EU competition law’
  • ‘Competition law and policy in China: a Sino-European perspective’
  • ‘Does the Saudi Competition Law Guarantee Protection to Fair Competition? A Comparative Study’
  • ‘Competition Law in China: Towards Minimum Harmonization?’

Public Engagement

Professor Eyad Maher Dabbah, Professor in Competition Law and Policy at Queen Mary University of London - video interview by FacultiMedia on The relationship between competition authorities and sector regulators.

Recent news

  • Professor Dabbah interviewed about his recent book, A Promising Middle East on ‘the English Hour’ on ANN (February, 2015)
  • The second edition of Merger Control Worldwide (Cambridge, 2012), co-edited by Professor Maher M. Dabbah and Dr Paul Lasok QC has been published.
  • Professor Dabbah is conducting training for judges on behalf of the EU in Romania.

Major speeches and conference appearances 2009-2015

  • The failing-firm defence in merger regulation: when is failure success?’, speech delivered before overseas delegation of senior judges and lawyers at Pinsent Masons (February, 2015)

  • ‘Identity, Race and Religion in Middle Eastern Politics’, QMUL Law School (November, 2014)
  • ‘The intersection between competition law and intellectual property rights in the light of the Microsoft case’, before government officials and policy-makers, Johannesburg, South Africa (October, 2013)  
  • ‘Recent developments in global competition law’, IDLO, Rome, Italy (July, 2013)
  • ‘The work competition authorities do: an appraisal’, speech delivered in Brussels (May, 2013), published as editorial piece by the leading German law journal Europäisches Wirtschafts- und Steuerrecht [PDF 199KB] (EWS) [PDF 199KB]
  • Keynote address at the Arab Business Conference, Nazareth, ‘The development of the Arab business sector in Israel: future prospects’ (May, 2012)
  • ‘Imitation markets and Article 102 TFEU” at the 13th EIPIN Congress, Law Society of England and Wales (April, 2012)
  • ‘Anti-competitive conduct in search and search advertising: a look at consumer harm’, commentator at the TILEC Workshop on EU Competition Law and Search Engines and Search Advertising, Hotel Sofitel, Brussels (March, 2012)
  • Commencing address ‘Merger control in Middle Eastern countries: challenges and opportunities’, Austrian Competition Authority (December, 2011)
  • ‘Economic concentration and its harmful effect in Israeli markets’, address at the Israel Business Conference (December, 2011)
  • Keynote address at the special conference hosted by the Turkish Competition Authority on ‘needs assessment of the OIC member states in the field of competition law and policy’ (November, 2011)
  • ‘Competition enforcement and the work of the Committee for socio-economic change in Israel’, member of a high-level panel at the special conference hosted by Haaretz/TheMarker newspaper(November, 2011)'
  • International Merger Control', chairing panel, the ICC-Crowell and Moring Annual Conference, Brussels (May, 2011)
  • 'Competition law enforcement and innovation' at a high-level international symposium held at the University of Haifa, Israel (May, 2011)
  • 'Cross-border merger control: challenges for developing and emerging economies', the OECD 10th Global Forum on Competition, Paris (February 2011)
  • ‘Abusive dominance in developing countries’, the 37th Fordham International Antitrust Proceedings, New York (September, 2010)
  • ‘The relationship between market concentration and competition in Israeli markets’ (September, 2010)
  • ‘The relationship between competition authorities and sector regulators’, the University of Chile, Santiago (June, 2010)
  • The ‘Role of competition policy in times of crisis’, the annual conference of the Israel Bar Association (June, 2010)
  • ‘Recent policy developments in EU Merger Control’, ERA, Germany (February, 2010)  
  • ‘EU anti-cartel policy: enhancing deterrence and efficiency’, European Parliament, Brussels (February, 2010)
  • ‘Policy planning in the field of competition law in times of crisis’, inauguration speech marking the creation of the first competition centre in the state of Israel (November, 2009)
  • ‘The international aspects of vertical restraints’, University College London, UK (October, 2009)
  • ‘The role of competition authorities in managing the relationship with sector regulators’, Portuguese Competition Authority, Portugal
  • ‘Political economy constraints in the implementation of competition law regimes in developing countries’, The Gambia (July, 2009)
  • ‘Competition law and policy in a global environment: challenges and opportunities’, National University of Kazakhstan (April 2009)
  • ‘Role of competition policy in times of financial crises’, the Turkish Competition Authority, Turkey (March, 2009)

Recent advisory and policy engagements and reports

Recent appearances in newspapers, media interview etc.

  • Cover story and interview, The Israel Bar Association, Northern District (May, 2012) (In Hebrew). Download PDF. [PDF 325KB]
  • Professor Maher Dabbah is quoted in a Telegraph article on the revelation that News Corp had advance notice of Government decisions on the BSkyB deal. He says that giving advance notification to News Corp was “highly questionable”.
  • Cover story and interview, Malakom Magazine [PDF 6,622KB], the sole economy and business magazine in Arabic in Israel (November, 2011) (In Arabic) PDF doc attached
  • Centre piece interview, Globes newspaper (December, 2009) (In Hebrew)
  • Feature and headline interview, The Marker newspaper  (October, 2009) (In Hebrew)
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