Get to know Dr. Philip Marsden
Co-founder and General Editor for the European Competition Journal
We sat down with Dr. Philip Marsden, Co-founder and General Editor of the European Competition Journal to better understand the kind of research the Journal publishes and how the Journal supports authors to make an impact with their research.
Can you share your professional background and your relationship with the European Competition Journal?
I’m a bit of a competition flaneur. I’ve been a lawyer, an official and an academic. And now I’m all three. I teach the LLM in Bruges, am an enforcement decision maker at various authorities, and advise high tech and fast moving goods companies as well as authorities. The Journal is a natural part of all that. It promotes analysis, contributes to policy and legal change, and focuses on key private sector initiatives.
For those who may not know, can you give us a bit of background to the Journal?
15 years or so ago, Simon Bishop (ECJ's other co-founder) and I were annoyed that it seemed that competition law journals here were dumbing down. They seemed to be becoming marketing exercises for lawyers to bray or complain about their cases. We hoped there would be a niche for a quality law and economics journal in Europe - to match in a combined way the Antitrust Law Journal and Antitrust Bulletin in the US. After we launched, a few excellent competition law journals also appeared here. So, innovation and competition.
How is the European Competition Journal unique from others in the field?
The ECJ combines serious economic analysis with first rate legal analysis. We have a very rigorous peer review but a fast turn around relative to other journals.
How do you empower authors to make an impact with their research?
In our early days, we pressed busy practitioners to team up with academics to get real gems written that otherwise might not. Due to the reputation the ECJ now has, it is increasingly cited in cases and policy material. So authors can feel they are making a real difference.
Where do you see the Journal in the next few years? Is there anything specific you want to achieve?
We’ve concentrated on EU developments but have always been open to material from abroad particularly if it comments on or reveals close links with jurisprudence in the EU. European competition law is now the model for scores of regimes internationally so I have great hopes for this kind of influence and analysis.
How can authors contribute impactful research to the European Competition Journal?
Submit. Submit. Submit.
Finally, would you mind sharing a fun fact about yourself with us?
I find it fun. Others may not. I run long distance and am co-founder of the Antitrust Marathon series of conferences and publications, with Spencer Weber Waller in Chicago. We meet to discuss enduring competition law problems and then write up the discussion in his journal or the ECJ, with a break to run a marathon the day after the conference. So far we have run and spoke in Chicago, London, Boston, Dublin, Budapest and Rome. As I get older and slower I’ve been moving out to ultra races and have done 100ks and 100 milers. Maybe our next series will be the Ultra Competition Challenge.
- Bank of England: Deputy Chair, Enforcement Decision Making Committee
- College of Europe (Bruges): Professor of Law and Economics
- Financial Conduct Authority: Member of 1) Regulatory Decisions Committee, and 2) Case Decisions Committee
- Ofgem: Enforcement Decision Panel
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