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Morten Hviid is a professor of law specialising in competition law, contract law, tort law and the economics approach to law. He joined UEA Law School in September 2004. Prior to joining the Law School he held posts in the Economics Departments at University of Copenhagen and University of Warwick and in the School of Economic and Social Studies, University of East Anglia.

Morten is a founding member of the Centre for Competition Policy and was from August 2011 to December 2018 its Director. 

Morten holds an MA and a PhD in Economics from University of Warwick as well as an economic degree from University of Aarhus, Denmark. He has been a visiting Scholar at Yale University, University of California Berkeley, University of Michigan and University of Copenhagen. 

Morten is a former editor of the Journal of Industrial Economics and associate editor of the International Journal of Industrial Organization. He is also a former member of the Executive Committee of the European Association for Research in Industrial Economics (EARIE). He is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Business Research, Cambridge University, the Registered Experts Advisory Group of the UK Intellectual Property Office and the UK energy regulator Ofgem’s academic panel.


Key Research Interests

My past and current research falls in the areas of competition law, industrial economics, tort law and contract law.  I take an economics approach to legal research and in particular make use of game theory to analyse strategic situations where relevant actors are aware of their effects on each other. 

My research has been published in economics journals, law journals and law & economics journals such as the Economic Journal, European Competition Journal, European Law Review, International Journal of Industrial Organization, Journal of Economic History, Journal of Industrial Economics, Journal of Law and Economics, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies and World Competition. 

My current research is focused on:  

  • Policy arguments used in tort cases;
  • The design of non-compensatory damages in contract law;
  • Practices which facilitate collusive behaviour;
  • The effects of digitalisation and in particular intermediaries in creative industries;
  • Modelling the care home market.


My research has been been funded by the Danish Social Science Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council, The Arts and Humanities Research Council, The Office of Fair Trading, The Legal Services Board, Ofcom, Ofgem, Anglian Water and OECD.


Teaching Interests

Current teaching:

  • 1st year LLB module: "Critical Perspectives on Law"
  • 2nd year LLB module: "Tort"
  • 3rd year LLB module: "The Economic Approach to Law"
  • LLM option: "Theory of Competition Markets".

Past teaching and supervision

  • He has in the past been involved in the delivery of a number of modules. On the undergraduate programme: Tort and UK Competition Law. On the taught masters programme: Law Policy & Economics of Competition, Regulation of Network Industries in the UK And EU, Current Issues in National Competition Regimes, Advanced Competition Law, as well as a seminar on Research & Writing for dissertation.
  • He has taught a short course on “Game theory for non-economists” to postgraduate research students in 2005, 2011 and 2015 and a short course on “The economics approach to law” to postgraduate research students in 2014 and 2016.
  • He has supervised more than 35 doctoral students. He is willing to supervise in competition law as well as the economic approach to private law. 
  • In addition to teaching on university degree programmes, he has also taught short practitioners oriented bespoke courses in procurement and in competition law and economics.

Areas of Expertise

EU and UK Competition Law and Competition Policy; legal and economic analysis of cartels and collusion; Economic analysis of Tort; Economic analysis of contract law.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development 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 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

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