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Michael joined UEA Law School in September 2002, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2008, Reader in 2012, and Professor in 2013.  His research interests are primarily in regulation, competition law and media law.

His research has been funded by various bodies including the ESRC, the Department of Business, and Ofcom.  He is currently pursuing research projects which investigate the role of the EU courts in advancing liberalisation of network industries, the politics of media regulation, and the interaction of public service obligations and competition policy. He is a member of the ESRC Centre for Competition Policy and media@uea.

Michael teaches on Competition Law, Media Law and a masters module on Media Regulation. 

He is interested in supervising research students in all areas of competition law and media law.

Key Research Interests and Expertise

Chapters in Books

"Competition in UK Network Industries" in Encylopedia of Competition Law (Sweet and Maxwell London 2003) Ch 15

"Consumers and antitrust in British deregulated energy markets” (with C Waddams Price) in Pros and Cons of Antitrust in Deregulated Markets (ed. Mats Bergman), (Swedish Competition Authority: 2004) 29-50

"Regulation and Consumer Protection" (with L Matthieu, A Gaudeul and C Waddams Price) in D Parker (ed) International Handbook of Economic Regulation (Edward Elgar 2006) Ch 10

“UK merger remedies under scrutiny” in Jonathan Galloway (ed), Mergers and Acquisitions, Volume III, The Library of Essays on Antitrust and Competition Law (Ashgate, December 2012), pp.507-25 (reprint of [2007] JBL 620-638)

Journal Articles

"Regulation, consumer protection and the law" (1998) 20 Journal of Social Welfare & Family Law 324-332

"New developments in the European liberalisation of domestic energy markets" [2002] JBL323.

"Fact-finding after Alconbury" [2002] Wales Law Journal 327

"UK Utility Regulation: Licences, Commitment and Judicial Review" (2005) 76 Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics 5-34

"Introducing Competition and Deregulating the British Domestic Energy Markets: A Legal and Economic Discussion" (with C Waddams Price) [2007] JBL 244-268

"UK Merger Remedies under Scrutiny" [2007] JBL620-638

"Cross-Border Mergers in the EU: the Commission versus the Member States" (2007) 3 European Competition Journal 503-535

"Competition Law Enforcement: Incentives for the Revelation of Private Information" (2008) 31 World Competition 279-298 (with M Hviid)

"Judicial Scrutiny of Mergers Decisions in the EU, UK and Germany" (2010) 60 ICLQ 93-124 (with K Wright & S Peyer)

"Antitrust Law and Administrability - Consumer versus Total Welfare" (2011) 34 World Competition 433-447

"The EU Rules on Standing in Merger Cases: Should Firms have to Demonstrate Harm to Competition?" (2011) 36 European Law Rev 500-524 (with M Hviid & K Wright)

 “The Role of the BBC in New Media Markets: Beyond a Market Paradigm” (2011) 62 Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 553-568


“EU competition law as a tool for dealing with regulatory failure: the broadband margin squeeze cases” [2013] (Issue 8) Journal of Business Law 817-841


Conference Papers

Michael's conference papers include

"Pros and Cons of Antitrust in Deregulated Markets" (with C Waddams Price) Swedish Competition Authority Conference in November 2004

"Intervening to Steer Consumers towards Welfare-Enhancing Choices: A Silver Bullet2 CCP Annual Conference June 2011

"Content is King: Vertical Restraints in UK Pay-TV' TILEC International Workshop on the Law and Economics of Media and Telecommunications June 2011

"The future of EU sectoral regulation: antitrust law as a tool for dealing with regulatory failure", The future of the regulatory state workshop, BI School of Management, Oslo, 15/16 September 2011

"The Future of EU Sectoral Regulation: Antitrust Law as a tool for Dealing with Regulatory Failure" European Regulatory Governance: Development and Change Conference at Jean Monnet Centre Copenhagen Business School October 2011

"Vertical Restraints in Medias Markets" CCP Annual Conference June 2012

"Media Plurality in the UK: Time for a Reappraisal" 19th CLaSF Workshop January 2012, City University

“Competition and Public Service Obligations”, CERRE Expert Workshop, University Foundation, Brussels, 15 May 2013


Research reports 

"The pros and cons of Prepayment" (with Akman and Waddams), report prepared for Energywatch (July 2007)

Principal investigator: “Benchmarking the performance of the UK framework supporting consumer empowerment through comparison against relevant international comparator countries, Report commission and published by Department of Business” (Lead author with Pinar Akman, Liza Lovdahl Gormsen, Judith Mehta, Catherine Waddams, with Morten Hviid) (523pp) (funded by the Department of Business)

Principal investigator: “Public Service Obligations and Competition (with Catherine Waddams and Antje Kretzmann) (70pp) (funded by the Centre on Regulation in Europe (CERRE))



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities