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Journal Articles

H Collins, 'Harmonisation by Example: European Laws against Unfair Commercial Practices ' (2010) 73 Modern Law Review 89 [...]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2230.2009.00785.x

This examination of the implementation of the European Union's Directive on Unfair Commercial Practices in the United Kingdom by the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 assesses the likely impact on the national law governing the marketing practices of rogue traders, including its ambition to simplify and extend legal protection, and the likely success of the Directive in achieving the harmonisation of the laws and practices regulating marketing in Europe. In particular, the discussion evaluates the regulatory strategy of the Directive in its attempt to secure uniform laws through the combination of principles, rules, and concrete examples of prohibited practices. The paper also investigates the likely impact of the Regulations on the private law of contract and tort and the possibilities for improvements in a consumer's personal right of redress.


ISBN: 0026-7961

WG Ringe, 'No freedom of emigration for companies?' (2005) 16 EBLR 621

Chapters

A Johnston, 'The Future Shape of EU Energy Law and Policy' in Anthony Arnull, Catherine Barnard, Michael Dougan and Eleanor Spaventa (eds), A Constitutional Order of States? Essays in EU Law in Honour of Alan Dashwood (Hart Publishing 2011) [...]

The twin themes of this chapter are, first, the need for careful accommodation at the EU level of the diversity of Member State interests and concerns in the energy field ... and, second, the slow but real shift in EU (and some national) energy law and policy away from reliance upon market mechanisms and towards more complex regimes ... to achieve a myriad of public interest goals.


ISBN: 978-1-849460-046-0

WG Ringe, 'Sparking Regulatory Competition in European Company Law - The Impact of the Centros Line of Case-Law and its Concept of 'Abuse of Law'' in R de la Feria and S Vogenauer (eds), Prohibition of Abuse of Law - A New General Principle of EU Law (Hart Publishing 2011) [...]

The case-law of the European Court of Justice in the field of company law has repeatedly touched on the question of abuse, most notably in the situation where a company was set up in a Member State only to do business exclusively in another. Starting with the landmark case of Centros in 1999, the Court has repeatedly stressed that it employs a liberal approach towards abuse in this field. According to the Court, making use of the disparities of different legal standards when setting up a company is not abuse, but explicit use of the freedom of establishment. This paper analyses the Court’s approach towards abusive behaviour in company law and assesses the impact that the leading cases since 1999 have had both on business behaviour in the EU and on the national law-makers who have responded to the opening of the markets. It is shown that the Court has provoked a sizeable entrepreneurial migration from various countries towards the UK. This in turn has led to regulatory competition, in that other Member States in continental Europe have been forced to adapt their company law to make it more attractive for businesses. It is argued that at least so far, the (limited) competition between Member States has been beneficial and has reduced both registration time and costs. Questions remain as to the relevance of any comparison with the United States and the future developments for corporate re-incorporations.


ISBN: 1841139386

WG Ringe, 'Public Capital and Private Capital in the internal market – Securing a level playing field for public and private enterprises (UK Report)' in Gil Carlos Rodriguez Iglesias and Luis Ortiz Blanco (eds), PROCEEDINGS OF THE FIDE XXIV CONGRESS MADRID 2010 - VOLUME III: Public Capital and Private Capital in the Internal Market (Servicio de Publicaciones de la Facultad de Derecho, Complutense University, Madrid 2010) [...]

This report seeks to examine how to avoid distortions of competition which may result from the use of public, rather than private, capital or which may result from differences in Member States’ definitions of public interest goals and in the instruments employed to attain such goals. It aims to discover for what purposes the state may intervene in the market economy and how. In so far as such intervention is by the State investing capital into a commercial enterprise in accordance with national company law, it seeks to ascertain whether the EU Treaty permits, restricts or prevents the same.


Edited books

H Collins (ed), Implementation of the EU Directive on Unfair Contract terms (Contemporary Issues in Law 2007)

Case Notes

P Eleftheriadis, 'Tender Moments' (2009) 153 Solicitors Journal 12

WG Ringe, 'Case note on case C-112/05 Commission v Germany (VW law)' (2008) 45 Common Market Law Review 537 [...]

The VW case is the latest in the series of "golden shares" cases. Whilst the previous cases concerned special rights the State was granted, the VW law provided provisions that applied equally to all shareholders. The ECJ was therefore tempted to open the assessment of general rules of company law and their compatibility with the free movement of capital. However, the Court ultimately refrained from delivering a clear statement.


ISBN: 0165-0750

Reviews

A Johnston, 'Review of: Kelyn Bacon, EC Law of State Aid (Oxford: OUP, 2009) and Martin Heidenhain, European State Aid Law (Munich: C.H. Beck, 2010)' (2011) 127 Law Quarterly Review 151

Courses

The courses we offer in this field are:

Postgraduate

BCL

Our taught postgraduate programme, designed to serve outstanding law students from common-law backgrounds

European Business Regulation: the law of the EU's internal market

This course examines the legal basis of the "level playing field" of the internal market of the European Union, covering the law of free movement across borders (goods, establishment and services), as well as competence to regulate the internal market, with special reference to the function of harmonisation of laws. Some or all of selected topics in public procurement, consumer law, company law, intellectual property, state aids and energy law will be addressed. The principal course objective is to enable students to acquire knowledge and understanding of the law in relation to the above subject matter, and to be able to discuss critically at an advanced level the legal and policy issues arising therefrom - including in particular the relationship between the judicial and the legislative contributions to the making of the EU's internal market.

 

The normal pattern of teaching involves seminars and lectures in Michaelmas and Hilary Terms, and tutorials in Trinity Term. The teaching group includes, but is not necessarily limited to, Professor S R Weatherill, Dr Angus Johnston , Dr Wolf-Georg Ringe, Professor D A Wyatt, Dr C Quigley, Professor S Enchelmaier, and Professor Katja Ziegler.

MJur

Our taught postgraduate programme, designed to serve outstanding law students from civil law backgrounds.

European Business Regulation: the law of the EU's internal market

This course examines the legal basis of the "level playing field" of the internal market of the European Union, covering the law of free movement across borders (goods, establishment and services), as well as competence to regulate the internal market, with special reference to the function of harmonisation of laws. Some or all of selected topics in public procurement, consumer law, company law, intellectual property, state aids and energy law will be addressed. The principal course objective is to enable students to acquire knowledge and understanding of the law in relation to the above subject matter, and to be able to discuss critically at an advanced level the legal and policy issues arising therefrom - including in particular the relationship between the judicial and the legislative contributions to the making of the EU's internal market.

 

The normal pattern of teaching involves seminars and lectures in Michaelmas and Hilary Terms, and tutorials in Trinity Term. The teaching group includes, but is not necessarily limited to, Professor S R Weatherill, Dr Angus Johnston , Dr Wolf-Georg Ringe, Professor D A Wyatt, Dr C Quigley, Professor S Enchelmaier, and Professor Katja Ziegler.

MSc (Master's in Law and Finance)

European Business Regulation: the law of the EU's internal market

This course examines the legal basis of the "level playing field" of the internal market of the European Union, covering the law of free movement across borders (goods, establishment and services), as well as competence to regulate the internal market, with special reference to the function of harmonisation of laws. Some or all of selected topics in public procurement, consumer law, company law, intellectual property, state aids and energy law will be addressed. The principal course objective is to enable students to acquire knowledge and understanding of the law in relation to the above subject matter, and to be able to discuss critically at an advanced level the legal and policy issues arising therefrom - including in particular the relationship between the judicial and the legislative contributions to the making of the EU's internal market.

 

The normal pattern of teaching involves seminars and lectures in Michaelmas and Hilary Terms, and tutorials in Trinity Term. The teaching group includes, but is not necessarily limited to, Professor S R Weatherill, Dr Angus Johnston , Dr Wolf-Georg Ringe, Professor D A Wyatt, Dr C Quigley, Professor S Enchelmaier, and Professor Katja Ziegler.


People

European Business Regulation teaching is organized by a Subject Group convened by:

Stephen Weatherill: Jacques Delors Professor of European Law

in conjunction with:

Hugh Collins: Vinerian Professor
Stefan Enchelmaier: Professor of European and Comparative Law
Luca Enriques: Professor of Corporate Law
Angus Johnston: Professor of Law
Derrick Wyatt: Visiting Professor


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