Competition Law in Hong Kong and in Ireland: Superficially Similar but Deeply Different? (31 March 2017)

Asian Institute of International Financial Law
Faculty of Law
The University of Hong Kong

Seminar

Competition Law in Hong Kong and in Ireland:
Superficially Similar but Deeply Different?

Dr. Mary Catherine Lucey
Assistant Professor and Head of Global Engagement
UCD Sutherland School of Law

Friday, 31 March 2017
12:30 – 1:30 pm
Academic Conference Room, 11/F Cheng Yu Tung Tower
The University of Hong Kong

In Ireland, Competition Law has been enforced since 1996 as part of the Criminal Law regime.  As such, it radically diverges from the EU model of civil/administrative enforcement. Recently, Hong Kong enacted competition law which adopted the prosecutorial/judicial model of enforcement.  The speaker’s research examines the underexplored topic of whether the overtly similar Competition Law models in Hong Kong and Ireland truly seek to address similar concerns or whether there are significant differences?  Answering this question entails researching from an external vantage point on why the Hong Kong legislature chose the atypical model.  Furthermore, it prompts analysis of the significance of the divergence from the global trend towards civil/administrative enforcement models.  Her research aims to challenge the prevailing orthodoxy in the EU that civil/administrative models are better than prosecutorial/judicial models.  This research project is funded by a competitively awarded grant from the Irish Research Council.

Dr. Mary Catherine Lucey BCL, LLM, BL is Assistant Professor and Head of Global Engagement in the UCD Sutherland School of Law where she teaches EU Competition Law. She was a Visiting Professor at Fordham University, New York. Currently, she is a Non-Governmental Advisor to the Irish Competition and Consumer Protection Commission. Her PhD thesis, awarded by the London School of Economics and Political Science, examined the interface between EU Competition Law and the Common Law Restraint of Trade Doctrine. Her research has been published in journals including Legal Studies, and Journal of Antitrust Enforcement.