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Nicolas Petit

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Professor of European Competition Law, LAW/RSCAS 

Nicolas Petit (Official)Nicolas Petit is Joint Chair in Competition Law at the Department of Law and at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies. He is also invited Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges.

He will be on special leave from the Law School of the University of Liege (ULiege) where he has been full Professor since 2007 and where he received his Phd. Prior to joining the EUI, Nicolas Petit has held a public office position as a part-time judge with the Belgian competition authority, and has also worked in private practice with a leading US law firm in Brussels.

Nicolas Petit is the author of Big Tech and the Digital Economy: The Moligopoly Scenario (Oxford University Press, 2019), co-author of EU Competition Law and Economics (Oxford University Press, 2012) and author of Droit européen de la concurrence (Domat Montchrestien, 2013 and 2018), a monograph which was awarded the prize for the best law book of the year at the Constitutionnal Court in France. In 2005 he was a member of Harvard Law School’s Visiting Researchers Programme. Nicolas Petit’s work has appeared in numerous journals including the Antitrust Law Journal, the European Law Review, the Review of Industrial Organization, the Columbia Journal of European Law and the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal.  Nicolas Petit is the 44th top ssrn author in the category “Law”. Since 2017 he is a member of the European Commission High Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence.

Supervision Interests

"I welcome research proposals on all aspects of antitrust and regulation, including those with a strong emphasis on the role of economic theory in the development of legal doctrine and public policy.  I am also interested in works that look at the impact of technology on legal and regulatory norms and institutions.

I view my supervision role as one of a sparring partner, a facilitator and an opener of opportunities.  I expect students to be creative, self critical and interested in policy debates."



Research Interests

  • Antitrust Law

  • Artificial Intelligence and the Law
  • Intellectual Property

  • Law and Technology

  • Law and Economics

Contact Details

Tel. [+39] 055 4685 715

Email: [email protected] 

Administrative assistants:
Law Department: Valeria Raso
RSCAS: Angelika Lanfranchi

Postal address: Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies | Via Boccaccio 121 | 50133 Florence - Italy

Working Languages: English and French






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