This is the third of three self-contained volumes, making up the Oxford Encyclopaedia of EC Law, a major reference work on the law of the European Community/Union. The first of its kind in any language, it provides an authoritative guide to the interpretation of Community law. The first volume covered Institutional Law, and the second the Law of the Internal Market. This final volume focuses on competition law and policy, with separate entries devoted to competition law in specific business sectors, and other significant areas of competition law, such as exclusive agreements, merger control, state aid, and vertical agreements. A new edition of the volume of the Encyclopaedia covering Institutional Law (first published 1991) will be produced once the fate of the European Constitution has been decided.
The entries are arranged alphabetically, and each entry begins with a short definition of a term or concept, followed by a longer and more detailed explanation. The definitions and explanations are based on the Treaties and the legal acts of the institutions (secondary legislation), as interpreted in the extensive case-law of the European Court of Justice and the Court of First Instance, to which full references are made in the text. The book is thoroughly cross-referenced, and each entry is followed by a reading list to facilitate further research. The volume thus contains a comprehensive and detailed coverage of its subject, reflecting the authoritative interpretation of Community law by the Community Courts.
There is a full list of entries at the beginning of the volume guiding the reader to the relevant term or concept, making the book easily accessible. There are comprehensive tables of cases, Treaties, international agreements and secondary legislation, plus an Index to the entire volume.
Prepared by a team of experts in the field of EC/EU law and competition law and policy, the volume will serve both as a reliable tool for practitioners looking for an authoritative and up-to-date explanation of a subject supported by an extensive citation of cases, and as a starting-point for advanced students or academics wishing to carry out further research in this area of the law.
`Reviews of the first volume The method of presentation is one of the work's strengths. The other strength lies in the clarity and succinctness of the writing. Each entry deals clearly and comprehensively with the relevant principles of law. The work is readable and difficult issues are done full justice. The book should make a useful reference work for anyone needing quick but reliable information.'
Cambridge Law Journal
`there will be two further volumes ... if they are of the same quality as this first volume, the entire work will, in due course, represent a major contribution.'
D.W. Bowett, The British Year Book of International Law
`Professor Toth has found the means to serve the two masters of concision and comprehensiveness at once, the former through the clarity and pungency of his expression, the latter by providing not only extensive references to case law and legal writing, but also the appropriate cross-references to other entries in the rest of the Encyclopaedia. If a book may be judged on the basis of one of its component parts, the Oxford Encyclopaedia of European Community
Law is a very considerable achievement, whose utility is hardly open to doubt. It can confidently be expected to become a standard work which will take its place beside the Treaties in libraries and
offices - and not just those devoted to the practice or study of law - within and outwith the Community. There only remains to await with anticipation the appearance of the two companion volumes.'
Kieran St. C. Bradley, European Law Review, 17 (1992)
Abuse of a dominant position
Agreement between undertakings
Agreements of minor importance
Assessment of horizontal concentrations
Competition in agriculture
Competition in broadcasting
Competition in energy
Competition in financial services/banking
Competition in insurance
Competition in the internet, information society and e-commerce
Competition in the liberal professions
Competition in postal services
Competition in telecommunications
Competition in transport
Conditional authorization of concentrations
Decision by an association of undertakings
Effect on trade between Member States
Exclusive distribution agreement
Exclusive purchasing agreement
Merger control procedure
Notification of agreements
Periodic penalty payment
Reciprocal assistance contract
Research and development agreement
Restriction of competition
Selective distribution system
Services of general interest
State aid (general)
Separate entries on each type of State aid
Technology transfer agreement
Vertical agreement in the motor vehicle sector