Liana Japaridze

DPhil Law

Other affiliations

Somerville College


Liana is a DPhil candidate at the Faculty of Law and a member of Somerville College. In addition, she is an EU competition law tutor at the University of Oxford and serves as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the respective BCL/MJur course. Between 2018-2020, she also served as a co-convenor of the Faculty’s EU Law Discussion Group (EULDG).

Her research, supervised by Professor Stephen Weatherill and funded by the International Education Center and the Faculty of Law, focuses on the optimization of Georgia’s competition framework on the basis of the relevant EU experience. More specifically, it examines how to choose suitable competition policy objectives for Georgia and design a competition framework ensuring their effective implementation while looking at and deriving lessons from the development of the EU competition law and policy. Hence, the work contributes to the academic debates regarding legal transplants in competition law, while focusing on both policy and enforcement aspects.

Liana graduated from the Ivane Javakhisvili Tbilisi State University, Georgia (LLB in 2010 and MA in Public Administration in 2014, both with honors). She also holds a Magister Juris degree from the University of Oxford (2014) which she graduated with distinction.

Before commencing her DPhil in Oxford, Liana served as an adviser at the Ministry of Justice of Georgia, working on the fulfillment of the legal approximation obligations associated with the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) under the EU-Georgia Association Agreement. She also served at the Competition Agency of Georgia, providing legal counsel both on enforcement and policymaking issues.

Research Interests

Competition Law, EU Law (Internal Market, Economic and Monetary Union), Consumer Law, IP Law

Research projects & programmes

Business Law Research Group