In 2002, the UK introduced a criminal competition law into the UK legal system for the first time since the 18th century. Using a range of analytical lenses, Mark Furse re-appraises this law ten years on, and provides an extensive analysis of its features.
This invigorating work details the policy arguments behind the introduction of the law, and examines - through consideration of the successful prosecutions in the US - the extent to which the law in practice may be considered to have succeeded or failed in the UK. The role of the US as global antitrust policeman is also considered. The book concludes with a consideration of the difficulties facing the UK in choosing to pursue a criminal route within the current civil framework.
Including full discussions of relevant literature relating to the criminalisation of cartels, and the use of personal sanctions against cartelists, this book will appeal to postgraduates and advanced undergraduate students of competition law, competition law practitioners in the UK, EU and US, as well as competition law enforcement personnel.
Mark Furse, Professor of Competition Law and Policy, University of Glasgow, UK
Contents: Preface 1. Introduction 2. Criminalisation of Cartel Activity: Economics and Law 3. Criminalisation in the United States 4. Criminalisation in the UK: The Cartel Offence 5. Criminalisation in Ireland 6. Case Studies 7. Conclusion Bibliography Index