The judicial reception of competition soft law in the Netherlands and the UK

Zlatina Georgieva

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    The goal of the current work is to delineate national judicial responses to Commission-issued competition soft law within two EU jurisdictions – the UK and the Netherlands. A comparative methodology is adopted and – in terms of theory – several hypotheses of possible judicial attitudes to soft law are established. In broad terms, it is ventured that courts can either recognize (agreement, disagreement, persuasion) or refuse to recognize (neglect, rejection) supranational soft law in their judicial discourse. While acknowledging that judicial refusal for recognition is a natural judicial response to legally non-binding instruments, the paper argues that competition soft law could and should become recognized by national courts of law because that would contribute positively to the enforcement system’s goals of consistency and the concomitant legal certainty and uniform application. The empirical picture that transpires, however, reveals a varied recognition landscape that could well pose challenges for consistent enforcement.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number
    Pages (from-to)1-33
    Number of pages33
    JournalEuropean Competition Journal
    Issue number01
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2016


    • soft law, EU competition law, antitrust, guideline, notice, communication, national court, national judiciary, case law, recognition


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