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Criminal Law Principles and the Enforcement of EU and National Competition Law: A Silent Takeover? by VEENBRINK

Criminal Law Principles and the Enforcement of EU and National Competition Law: A Silent Takeover?

By Marc Veenbrink
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Overview

Criminal Law Principles and the Enforcement of EU and National Competition Law offers the first book-length study of whether courts do indeed apply criminal law principles in competition law proceedings and, if so, how these principles are adapted to the needs and characteristics of competition law. Although Article 23(5) of EU Regulation 1/2003 provides that competition law fines ‘shall not be of a criminal law nature’, this has not prevented certain criminal law principles from finding their way into European Union (EU) competition law procedures. Even more significantly, the deterrent effect of competition law fines has led courts in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom (UK), as well as the European Court of Human Rights, to conclude that competition law proceedings can lead to a criminal charge. It is shown that criminal law has some impact on the administrative law enforcement of the competition law rules, albeit in a somewhat incoherent and fragmentised manner.

What’s in this book:
Focusing on competition law developments (both legislative and judicial) over a period of twenty years in three jurisdictions – the Netherlands, the UK and the EU – the author compares how each of the following (criminal law) principles has emerged and been interpreted in each jurisdiction’s proceedings:

  • freedom from self-incrimination;
  • non bis in idem;
  • burden and standard of proof;
  • legality and legal certainty; and
  • proportionality of sanctions.

The author offers proposals involving both legislative and judicial actions, with examples of judges invoking criminal law principles to develop an appropriate level of safeguards in competition law proceedings.

How this will help you:
Examining the impact of criminal law safeguards on the administrative law enforcement of competition law proceedings, the book shows that criminal law can provide a rich source of inspiration for the judiciary on the appropriate level of legal safeguards in competition law proceedings. As such, it provides an important source of information and guidance for lawyers and judges on the application of the aforementioned five principles dealing with competition law matters.

Last Updated 11/15/2019
Product Line Kluwer Law International
ISBN 9789403514345
SKU 10073095-0001
Table of Contents

Foreword

CHAPTER 1
Setting the Scene

CHAPTER 2
ECHR and EU Criminal Law

CHAPTER 3
Dutch Criminal Law

CHAPTER 4
English Criminal Law

CHAPTER 5
EU Competition Law

CHAPTER 6
Dutch Competition Law

CHAPTER 7
UK Competition Law

CHAPTER 8
The (Potential) Impact of Criminal Law Principles on the Administrative Law Enforcement of Competition Law

CHAPTER 9
Conclusion and Recommendations

APPENDIX I
Case Law on the Proportionality of Competition Law Sanctions in the EU

APPENDIX II
Case Law on the Proportionality of Competition Law Sanctions in the Netherlands

Bibliography

Table of Cases

Table of Decisions

Table of Treaties, Legislation and Guidelines

Other Sources

Index

Volumes