Dr Michael Wardhaugh

Senior Lecturer in Law

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OFFICE HOURS: By appointment

Biography

Bruce Wardhaugh joined the School of Law at the University of Manchester in January 2015 as a Senior Lecturer in Competition Law.  Prior to that he was a Lecturer at The Queen's University Belfast (2012-2015) and the Newcastle University (2011 - 2012). 

He holds his LLB (JD)  and PhD degrees from the University of Toronto, and an LLM from the University of Amsterdam.  Prior to beginning an academic career in law, Bruce practiced in British Columbia (Canada) for a number of years.

Bruce's research interests are in Competition law (in particular EU and US), WTO law and law and economics.  He has written extensively on the competition issues surrounding collusion.  He recently published a monograph with Hart (Bloomsbury), Competition Effects and Predictability: Rule of Law and the Economic Approach to Competition (Hart 2020).  His monograph, Cartels, Markets and Crime:  A Normative Justification for the Criminalisation of Economic Collusion was published by Cambridge University Press in 2014.  In addition to this, he has published numerous articles in scholarly journals, and is a UK news correspondent in regarding cases before the Court of Justice of the European Union for the European Competition Law Review.  He also contributes regularly to academic conferences.  In September 2013, his paper "Bogeymen, Lunatics and Fanatics:  Collective Actions and the Private Enforcement of European Competition Law" won the Best Paper Prize at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Legal Scholars.  It was later published in Legal Studies.

His current project is a monograph under contract with Cambridge University Press, entitled Competition Law in Crisis: The Antitrust Response to Economic Shocks. This book will examine how competition law of the EU and its Member States has adapted to economic problems at the firm and industry-wide level in the past, and in particular whether it has exacerbated or mitigated them.  With this analysis in mind, it then turns to other crises (and their resulting economic fallout), which we now face—particularly Covid, climate change and Brexit.  The book should be published in 2022.

He is also actively involved in the Society of Legal Studies, and has served as an Editor of Legal Studies since 2017.

Bruce is always seeking good PGR students with interesting projects in competition (antitrust) law, international economic law and law and economics.

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