Book Talk: HK Competition Law

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Hong Kong Competition Law
Comparative and Theoretical Perspectives

28 April 2022

This is the first academic monograph on the Competition Ordinance in Hong Kong. It provides an overview of the historical background of the Competition Ordinance, highlighting the debate and the process that led to the adoption of the Ordinance. It offers detailed comparative and theoretical analysis of the key provisions of the Ordinance, focusing on the First Conduct Rule, the Second Conduct Rule, the exclusions and exemptions, and the procedural provisions. It draws on overseas legislation and jurisprudence that inspired the provisions in the Ordinance and incorporates a detailed examination of the latest cases decided by the Competition Tribunal. It engages in relevant academic debates and theoretical analysis of how competition law in Hong Kong should develop in light of its unique economic and political contexts. It concludes by setting forth of a set of recommendations for further reform. More information about the book is available here.


Thomas Cheng is a Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong. His research has appeared in respected US journals including Chicago Journal of International Law, Virginia Law and Business Review, and the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law. He has made critical contributions to the development of competition law in Hong Kong. He advised the government extensively during the drafting of the city’s first competition law. He was a member of the inaugural Competition Commission.

Kelvin Kwok is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong. His research has appeared in international peer-review journals including European Law Review, Common Law World Review, Journal of Competition Law & Economics, Journal of Antitrust Enforcement, World Competition, and European Business Organization Law Review. He has been active in knowledge exchange in competition law through his media appearances and serving as a Non-Governmental Advisor to the International Competition Network and as a Co-opted Member of the Consumer Council. He is also a practicing Hong Kong barrister with considerable experience advising on competition law issues

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