Alexandru Gabriel Soptica

 Thesis Title: 

Reformulating the contribution of EU PIL to private enforcement of EU Competition Law


Mary Catherine Lucey


The main Research Question addressed is: How can EU PIL better support private cross-border enforcement of EU competition law?

The project aims to analyse the current issues in establishing jurisdiction and identifying the applicable law in claims for private cross-border enforcement of EU Competition Law. On the one hand, what are the PIL issues that hinder the current cross-border enforcement of damages actions. On the other hand, what are the PIL issues that hinder the current cross-border enforcement of non-damages remedies. It argues that if private enforcement of EU Competition Law is to achieve its scope, i.e. complementing public enforcement, then the EU PIL shall firstly, take into consideration the specific necessities of EU Competition Law damages actions, and secondly, the EU shall facilitate and encourage the use of non-damages remedies in the context of EU Competition Law.



After graduating a Bachelor in Law at Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, I followed an LLM degree in International Commercial Law at University of Aberdeen, Scotland, which I graduated with Commendation. The latter focused on Private International Law of Commercial Law and my Dissertation concerned “Freedom of Establishment and the Applicable Law to Companies within the European Union”. The limited research activity conducted in Aberdeen sparked my interest for continuing my legal education with a research degree. Thus, I decided to follow a PhD degree that builds upon my previous legal knowledge, combining EU PIL with EU Competition Law.


Presentations and/or Publications:

8th Journal of Private International Law Conference 2019, held at University of Munich between 12-14 September 2019 - Presentation Title: “Cross-border EU competition law damages actions: distinguishing contractual from tortious liability and allocating jurisdiction considering the particularities of competition law litigation”.

The Competition Law Scholars Forum (CLaSF), held at University College Cork on the 5th of September 2019 - Presentation Title: “CJEU case law developments and current issues in allocating jurisdiction in cross-border EU competition law damages actions”.

UCD Graduate Research Symposium, held at UCD on the 2nd of May 2019 - Presentation Title: “Allocating jurisdiction and consolidating actions concerning damages arising out of EU competition law infringements - recent developments”.

SLS Graduate Conference 2018, held at Queen Mary University of London on 3-4 September 2018 – Presentation Title: “EU Competition Law Damages Actions: access to evidence in cross-border cases via EU PIL rules”.