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Peter Whelan is a Professor of Law at the School of Law, University of Leeds, where he is the Director of the Centre for Business Law and Practice. He has a PhD in Law from St John’s College, University of Cambridge. A qualified US Attorney-at-Law, Peter is an expert in competition (antitrust) law and criminal law. Peter has published widely in prestigious law journals (including the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, the Cambridge Law Journal, and the Modern Law Review). He recently completed a monograph analysing the inherent challenges of European cartel criminalization, which was published by Oxford University Press as part of the series entitled Oxford Studies in European Law. He is currently finalizing an academic monograph on parental liability in EU competition law; it will be published in due course by Oxford University Press.


To date he has presented his research on six continents and in over thirty countries. Peter has twice provided oral evidence to the New Zealand Parliament on cartel criminalization. He also provided oral evidence to the Competition Law Review Committee, which was set up by the Indian government to propose amendments to its competition law regime. He was appointed as an International Expert by the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority and wrote a report advising the Finnish Ministry of Justice on the desirability of introducing criminal cartel sanctions in Finland. He has provided training in EU competition law to the Romanian judiciary, the Omani competition authority, and the Eswatini Competition Commission, and he has delivered lectures on his research at the National Economic Prosecutor’s Office of Chile, the Competition Tribunal of Chile, and the Peruvian competition authority (INDECOPI). He is a Non-Governmental Advisor to the International Competition Network and recently became a member of the United Nations Working Group on Cross-Border Cartels, which is operated by UNCTAD. He is a member of the editorial boards of five journals and is the Managing Editor of Oxford Competition Law (Oxford University Press).

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