The Journal of Competition Law and Policy

The Competition Act, 2002 is a relatively new piece of legislation both in form and practice. Notwithstanding that, it has witnessed extensive developments since its inception it faces numerous challenges, the primary among which are that it has to cope with the rapidity of the technological and market changes while being sufficiently flexible at the same time, so as to deal with future problems that may arise in this converged environment and accommodate unanticipated developments. This gives rise to a need for a platform that can serve as a medium for discourse on Competition Law and its interplay with other laws, primarily, Intellectual Property Rights, Consumer Protection, Taxation etc. The NLUO Journal of Competition Law and Policy (JCLP), the first student-run journal in India dedicated exclusively to Competition Law, aims to bridge this gap.

The JCLP is a double blind peer-reviewed student-run journal conceptualised by National Law University Odisha under the aegis of its Centre on Competition Law and Policy. It encompasses submissions in form of Articles, Essays, Legislative Comments and Book Reviews. The JCLP will also endeavour to provide a composite account of recent developments in the field of competition law, including but not restricted to legislative changes, judicial pronouncements etc. This proposed editorial column will make the JCLP a repository of current trends in Competition Law.

The JCLP, which is slated for publication by this year, has successfully secured the patronage and support of the following distinguished legal luminaries and stalwarts who will be acting in the capacity of the Board of Advisors of JCLP:

1. Justice V.S. Sirpurkar, Chairman, COMPAT
Justice V. S. Sirpurkar, the Chairman of the Competition Appellate Tribunal of India is a retired Judge of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India. Born on 22 August, 1946, Justice Sirpurkar was appointed as a Judge of the Bombay High Court in 1992 and served in capacity of the Chief Justice of the High Courts of Uttarakhand and Calcutta before being elevated to Supreme Court of India in 2007.

2. Mr. Vinod Dhall, Ex-Chairman, CCI.
Mr. Vinod Dhall was the first Member and acting Chairman of the Competition Commission of India for about five years until July 2008. He is a Senior Consultant on competition law and policy to the Royal Government of Bhutan. Mr. Dhall also advises on corporate governance issues and competition law and policy and is a resource person to reputed academic and other institutions/organizations in India. Mr. Dhall heads a niche law firm, Dhall Law Chambers, specializing in competition law. He has received several awards for his academic performance from University of Allahabad. He holds a bachelors’ degree in law from the University of Delhi and a masters’ degree in mathematics from the University of Allahabad.

3. Mr. Amitabh Kumar, Partner, Jyoti Sagar Associates.
Mr. Amitabh Kumar joined J. Sagar Associates in New Delhi as Senior Advisor, Competition Law in 2010 after having served as the Director General, Competition Commission of India for a period of five years between 2004 and 2009. Mr. Amitabh was instrumental in the comprehensive revision of the original Competition Act, 2002 and in the drafting of several of the existing rules and regulations. Mr. Amitabh is currently acting inseveral investigations before the Commission and advises regularly on corporate compliance issues and merger filings.

4. Mr. Safir Anand, Senior partner, Anand and Anand.
Mr. Safir Anand is a Senior Partner and the Head of the Trademarks, Contractual and Commercial IP entertainment and Contractual IP division at Anand and Anand, a leading law firm. His practice areas include trademarks, contractual law, franchising and licensing, character merchandising, advertising and labelling laws, IP audits, IP issues in mergers and acquisitions, and due diligence. Mr. Anand has recently been ranked as a ‘highly regarded leading individual’ in the field of intellectual property in India by Chambers and Partners.

5. Richard Whish, Professor of Law
“Richard Whish has been Professor of Law at King’s College London since January 1991. He is also a Professor at the College of Europe (Bruges). He is a qualified solicitor and was a partner at Watson, Farley and Williams from 1989 to 1998. He acts as a consultant to a variety of companies and regulatory agencies, and is a non-executive director of the Office of Fair Trading. He is the author of or contributor to various books on competition law, including Competition Law, 5th edition (2003) ; Volume 47 of Halsbury’s Laws of England (with Ian Smith) ; the competition law chapter in Chitty on Contracts ; the competition law chapter in the Stair Memorial Encyclopedia of the Laws of Scotland (with Ian Flint). He is co-consultant editor with Peter Freeman of Butterworths Competition Law.”

JCLP Brochure Volume I, Issue I
Note: We are closed for submissions for the first issue.