School of Law

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 the 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 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 is a frequent speaker at competition law conferences and events and has taught competition law in many places around the world. He acts as special counsel and consultant to several governments, international organisations and business firms.

Between 2006 and 2018, Eyad served as the General Editor (with Barry Hawk) for the Antitrust and Competition Series at Cambridge University Press. Eyad 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 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) which was re-branded in 2019 as the Institute for Competition and Consumers. He previously served as director of the School of Law LLM programme (between 2002-2005 and between 2014-2017).

Beyond competition law, Eyad has expertise in trade disputes and anti-dumping. During the past decade, Eyad handled a number of high-profile anti-dumping cases. He served as the chairman of the anti-dumping tribunal of the Government of Israel between 2012 – 2017.

Outside law, Eyad takes particular interest in the Middle East, especially Middle Eastern politics and the Israeli-Palestinian 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 has particular expertise in the following areas of competition law:

International and comparative aspects

Eyad 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, 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 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.

Brexit and competition law

Eyad has been extensively involved in the Brexit debate in the field of competition law since the 2016 EU Referendum. He has written a number of contributions on the topic which analyse the future role and place of the UK competition law regime internationally, the future relationship between the UK and EU competition law regimes and the future directions of domestic competition law enforcement in the UK. Eyad appeared before the House of Lords European Union Committee when he was invited to give evidence on the topic of Brexit. His advice has been sought by many politicians and businesses on the Brexit competition law implications within the UK, the EU and the USA.

Competition law and policy in the Middle East

Eyad is 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 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 has handled a number of high-profile matters dealing with competition law in different Middle Eastern jurisdictions. This includes acting as special counsel in major cases as well as advising governments in the region.

In 2009, Eyad launched the ICC Middle East Initiative which aimed at promoting competition law and policy within the Middle East. Eyad’s work has led to a number of concrete results including the establishment of academic research centres in Turkey (Bilgi University competition law research centre - Rekabet Hukuku ve Politikası Uygulama ve Araştırma Merkezi (“RHM”)) and in Israel (The Centre for Competition Law which later became The Heth Academic Centre for Research of Competition and Regulation).

Developing and emerging economies

In relation to developing and emerging economies, Eyad 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 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 has written a number of key texts dealing with developing and emerging economies.

Eyad’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 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 delicate merger matters involving the US and the EU. Often, Eyad answers  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 has advised on anti-cartel measures 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 has been involved in the training of government officials, judges, lawyers and economists from over sixty 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 in EU member states 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’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, ‘Brexit and competition law: future directions of domestic enforcement’ (2020) World Competition Law and Economics Review 1
  • Dabbah, ‘The journey from theory to practice in the field of competition law’ (2019) Journal of Antitrust Enforcement 137
  • ‘Brexit and competition law: the future place of the UK competition law regime internationally’ (2019) World Competition Law and Economics Review 497
  • 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

Supervision

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

Candidates who have 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; and Dr Eda Sahin

PhD examinations

Eyad has conducted many PhD examinations both within and outside the UK including at all leading academic institutions in the field of competition law and policy. He has examined the following theses:

  • ‘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?’
  • ‘Competition Provisions in EU Preferential Trade Agreements: Consequences for Domestic Reform in Developing Countries’
  • ‘The Jurisdictional and Substantive Rules under GCC Merger Control Regimes’
  • Is the European Union Competition Law Regime Suitable for the Republic of Turkey: Does One-Size Fit All?’
  • Competition Law and Policy in China: A Sino-European Perspective’
  • Merger Control in Developed and Emerging Economies: The Case of Egypt’

Public Engagement

Major speeches and conference appearances

  • ‘Competition law in the age of protectionism’ (Advance EU Competition law Conference, London, 2019)
  • ‘Anti-trust enforcement action update’ (CDR’s Winter Competition Litigation Symposium, 2019)
  • ‘Current regulatory enforcement priorities in the UK, EU and USA’ (CDR’s Winter Competition Litigation Symposium, 2018)
  • Chairing a panel on ‘Competition law and policy in the Middle East’ (Brussels, 2018)
  • ‘Identity, Race and Religion in Middle Eastern Politics’, Keele Law School (2018)
  • Chairing high-level panel on ‘Politics, mergers and public interest’ (Chatham House, 2017)
  • The failing-firm defence in merger regulation: when is failure success?’, speech delivered before overseas delegation of senior judges and lawyers at Pinsent Masons (2015)
  • ‘Recent developments in EU competition law’ (Turkish Competition Authority, 2015)
  • ‘Ant-cartel enforcement update’ (Israel Competition Authority, 2015)
  • ‘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 (2013)  
  • ‘Recent developments in global competition law’, IDLO, Rome, Italy (2013)
  • ‘The work competition authorities do: an appraisal’, speech delivered in Brussels (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’ (2012)
  • ‘Imitation markets and Article 102 TFEU” at the 13th EIPIN Congress, Law Society of England and Wales (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 (2012)
  • Commencing address ‘Merger control in Middle Eastern countries: challenges and opportunities’, Austrian Competition Authority (2011)
  • ‘Economic concentration and its harmful effect in Israeli markets’, address at the Israel Business Conference (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’ (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(2011)'
  • International Merger Control', chairing panel, the ICC-Crowell and Moring Annual Conference, Brussels (2011)
  • 'Competition law enforcement and innovation' at a high-level international symposium held at the University of Haifa, Israel (2011)
  • 'Cross-border merger control: challenges for developing and emerging economies', the OECD 10th Global Forum on Competition, Paris (2011)
  • ‘Abusive dominance in developing countries’, the 37th Fordham International Antitrust Proceedings, New York (2010)
  • ‘The relationship between market concentration and competition in Israeli markets’ (2010)
  • ‘The relationship between competition authorities and sector regulators’, the University of Chile, Santiago (2010)
  • The ‘Role of competition policy in times of crisis’, the annual conference of the Israel Bar Association (2010)
  • ‘Recent policy developments in EU Merger Control’, ERA, Germany (2010)  
  • ‘EU anti-cartel policy: enhancing deterrence and efficiency’, European Parliament, Brussels (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 (2009)
  • ‘The international aspects of vertical restraints’, University College London, UK (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 (2009)
  • ‘Competition law and policy in a global environment: challenges and opportunities’, National University of Kazakhstan (2009)
  • ‘Role of competition policy in times of financial crises’, the Turkish Competition Authority, Turkey (2009)

Advisory and policy engagements and reports

  • Acting as special counsel in high-profile arbitration proceedings involving a claims of abuse of dominance and anti-competitive behaviour by a major multinational business (2018-2019)
  • Acting as special counsel on a planned merger between two large multinational corporations (2018)
  • Evidence before the House of Lords European Union Committee on Brexit (October, 2017)
  • Chairman of the anti-dumping tribunal, government of Israel (2012-2017)
  • Cross-border merger control: challenges for developing and emerging economies’ (OECD, 2011)
  • Member of the ministerial committee on strategic and economic planning, established by the Minister for Trade and Industry in Israel (2012)
  • Appraisal of competition law and policy and drafting competition legislation in Kuwait (2011) 
  • Initiating a Middle East Initiative in the field of competition law which led to the establishment of competition law centres in Turkey and Israel
  • Acting as special counsel in an abuse of dominance investigation against a major corporation in the MENA region (2007)
  • Appraisal of competition law and policy in Ethiopia (World Bank, 2007)
  • Appraisal of leniency programme in Egypt (2007)