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Dr Ioannis Lianos
Bentham House Endsleigh Gardens
  • Reader in Competition Law and Economics
  • Faculty of Laws
  • School of Arts & Social Sciences

Ioannis joined UCL in September 2005 and was promoted to Reader in 2009. He was awarded a Gutenberg Research chair at the Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA), the elite public administration school of the French republic in November 2011. He is also a visiting professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Chile in Santiago, since December 2011, a fellow at the Centre for Law and Economics at the Australian National University (ANU) and will be teaching competition law at the University of Hong Kong School of Law in March 2014. Since September 2004, he has been a visiting Professor in competition and intellectual property law at the Centre for International Industrial Property Studies (CEIPI) of the University of Strasbourg . He was an Emile Noel Fellow at the Jean Monnet Centre at New York University School of Law in 2008-2009 where he worked on a funded project exploring issues of economic evidence and expertise in antitrust litigation in Europe and in the United States. He  has also conducted funded research as a fellow of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg, Germany . He was a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley in 2006. During the academic year 2013-2014, he will be visiting the Institute of Law and Society at Humboldt University and WZB (Social Science Research Centre Berlin).


Ioannis has working experience at the European Court of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission ( New York office) and is a qualified advocate at the Athens and the Paris bars. He is a recipient of numerous awards, grants and scholarships.


Ioannis contributes widely to the global discussion in the area of competition law and policy. He is a Non-Governmental Advisor (NGA) at the International Competition Network (ICN), a Research partner with UNCTAD in Geneva. He contributed to European Commission's consultations on damages, being one of the very few lawyers to be invited by the European Commission to contribute to the preparation of the recent draft guidelines of the Commission on the evaluation of damages. He was elected a member of the international advisory board of the American Antitrust Institute in 2010 and a member of the international advisory board of the Loyola University of Chicago Institute for Antitrust and Consumer studies in 2012. Ioannis is also the co- General Editor of the Global Competition Law and Economics Series, established by Stanford University Press, in June 2010, ( http://www.sup.org/browse.cgi?x=series&y=Global%20Competition%20Law%20and%20Economics ). He is the chairman of the Editorial Board of Competition Bulletin, Paris: http://www.concurrences.com , the co-chairman of the advisory board of Antitrust Encyclopaedia, a Senior Editor of the Antitrust Chronicle, Boston, MA, USA (CPI), a member of the advisory board of Global Antitrust Review, London (GAR) and the chairman and executive director of the Institute of Competition Law Studies (IMEDIPA), Athens, Greece: http://www.imedipa.com


Ioannis has organized and conducted training for judges in competition law and economics in London, Toulouse , Lisbon and Athens and international conferences on various aspects of competition law and policy at UCL and beyond.

Research Summary

Ioannis' primary research interest lies in comparative (EU, UK, French, US) competition law, international competition law, regulatory law (regulatory impact assessments, public-private partnerships, utilities law, judicial review of economic regulation), intellectual property law, the intersection of economics with the legal system, empirical legal studies and sociology. Most recently, he has been researching on the legal and regulatory implications of the emergence of social media.


He is a Laureat of the French Academy of Social Sciences (2005) for his PhD thesis on the transformation of competition law by economic analysis of law. In 2011, he was appointed to a Gutenberg research chair at the Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA) in France for a inter-disciplinary and comparative research project on the role and impact of impact assessment in Europe (the EU and Member States' level). In 2012, he was awarded the prestigious Philip Leverhulme prize for his seminal work on economic evidence and the legal system. He is currently completing his second PhD at the Sociology Department of the University of Cambridge on the emergence of forensic economics. He is using a mixed method approach combining advanced network analysis with more qualitative research methods.

Teaching Summary


Ioannis has been the subject specialist for the LL.M in Competition law and the LL.M in Law and Economics since 2007. He has designed UCL's offering in these two areas of law.




  • EU Law
  • Competition Law (convenor)




•  International and Comparative Competition Law and Policy (convenor)
•  Competition Law Enforcement in a Global Context (convenor)
•  Competition Law and Intellectual property Rights: The Regulation of Innovation (convenor)
•  Law and Economics of Regulated Industries: between Competition and Regulation (convenor)
•  Law and Economics of Regulated Markets
•  European Competition Laws: Enforcement and Comparative Issues (convenor)
•  Competition Law and the State in Europe (convenor)
•  European Internal Market
•  Theory and History of Competition Law (convenor)

Academic Background
2004 PhD Doctor of Philosophy Universite Robert Schuman (Strasbourg III)
2003 LLM Master of Laws New York University
1997 LLM Master of Laws Universite Robert Schuman (Strasbourg III)
1996 LLB Bachelor of Laws Universite Robert Schuman (Strasbourg III)
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