Eu Competition Law and Liberal Professions (Hardcover)

An Uneasy Relationship? (Nijhoff Studies in European Union Law #2)

By Ida E. Wendt

Brill - Nijhoff, 9789004214491, 618pp.

Publication Date: October 12, 2012

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In the EU, activities of the liberal professions (legal, medical, technical and accountancy professions) are subject to self- and state regulation. Traditionally their regulatory schemes have been legitimised on the basis of the societal role liberal professions assume, dismissing EU competition law as a means of addressing restrictions in professional services markets. Reflecting on the role of professional associations in rule making processes, this book assesses the authority and democratic legitimacy of professional rules with a comprehensive rereading of the principles governing EU competition law (including Article 102 and 106(2) TFEU). As a result, this book challenges the use of a diffuse public interest concept and the dichotomy maintained in past legal writing between competition and non-economic interests in professional regulation.

About the Author

Ida E. Wendt, Ph.D. (2009) in European Law, Maastricht University, is a legal specialist for the Dutch Competition Authority and was Assistant Professor at Erasmus Law School (Erasmus Universtity Rotterdam).