UCL Faculty of Laws

Prof Ioannis Lianos

Prof Ioannis Lianos

Professor of Global Competition Law and Public Policy

Faculty of Laws


Joined UCL
27th May 2005

Research summary

Professor Lianos joined UCL as a lecturer in EU and competition law in 2005. Since 2014, he is the professor of Global Competition Law and Public Policy at UCL Faculty of Laws. In Sept. 2019 he was appointed the President of the Hellenic Competition Commission. He is trained in both law and sociology. His current work focuses on the transformation of capitalism by the digital revolution, global value chains, competition law and policy in the digital era, financialisation and competition law, the intersection between economic sociology and regulation, the regulation of technology, in particular blockchain, and the intersection of competition law with data protection and labour regulation. He has also published research on the theory and history of competition law, EU law, in particular the the EU Internal Market, public policy (including impact assessments), utilities regulation, IP law, food law.  He has published extensively books and articles in various languages and leading academic journals. His most recent publications include Competition Law: Analysis, Cases and Materials (OUP, 2019), Regulating Blockchain: Techno-Social and Legal Challenges (OUP, 2019), Reconciling Efficiency and Equity- A Global Challenge for Competition Law? (CUP, 2019), Brands, Competition and IP Law (CUP, 2015), Damages Actions for Competition Law Infringements (OUP, 2015), Competition and the State (SUP, 2014), the two volumes Handbook in European Competition Law (Edward Elgar, 2013), Competition Law and Development (SUP, 2013), The EU after the Treaty of Lisbon (CUP, 2012), Regulating Trade in Services in the EU and the WTO (CUP, 2012). In 2012 he was awarded the Philip Leverhulme prize for his seminal research on economic evidence. He is also a Laureat of the French Academy of Moral and Political Sciences (2005). 

Teaching summary

He 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


•  Competition law

• Law, Economics and Society

•  Competition Law, IP Rights and Innovation

• Competition Law Enforcement in a Global Context (convenor) 
• Economic Regulation
• European Internal Market

• Digital Capitalism and the Law

• Theory and History of Competition Law


Universite Robert Schuman (Strasbourg III)
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2004
New York University
Other higher degree, Master of Laws | 2003
Universite Robert Schuman (Strasbourg III)
Other higher degree, Master of Laws | 1997
Universite Robert Schuman (Strasbourg III)
First Degree, Bachelor of Laws | 1996


Ioannis Lianos is Professor, Chair of Global Competition Law and Public Policy at the Faculty of Laws, University College London, on leave to serve as the President of the Hellenic Competition Commission since September 2019. He was elected member of the Board of the Competition Committee at the OECD in December 2020. He is the founding director of the Centre for Law, Economics and Society (CLES) at UCL Laws and served as the executive director of the Jevons Institute of Competition Law & Economics at UCL. He is also a fellow of the European Institute at UCL. He was previously the Vincent Wright chair at Sciences Po Paris between 2018-2019 as well as the Chief Researcher of the Skolkovo Laboratory on Law and Development, National Research University, Higher School of Economics and academic head of the BRICS Competition Law Project (2014-2019). He has also held an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship at the WZB (Social Science Researh centre) in Berlin from 2014-2016. Between 2012 to 2014 he was the Gutenberg Research Chair at France’s Ecole Nationale d’Administration. He is a visiting professor in competition and intellectual property law at the Universities of Chile in Santiago, the University of Strasbourg and a fellow at the Australian National University’s Centre for Law & Economics and was an Emile Noel Fellow at New York University School of Law’s Jean Monnet Centre and a fellow at the Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley. He was also a visiting professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong in 2014. Professor Lianos is a Non-Governmental Advisor at the International Competition Network since 2009, a research partner to UNCTAD in competition law and policy since 2010, and an elected member of the advisory board of the American Antitrust Institute since 2010. He is the co-editor of the Journal of Competition Law and Economics and the Yearbook of European Law, both published by OUP, and sits at the advisory board of the Journal of Competition Law and Practice, the Competition Policy International, among others. He was the co-editor of the GLOBAL COMPETITION LAW & ECONOMICS series with Stanford University press and since 2018 he is the general editor of the book series Global Competition Law & Economic Policy with Cambridge University press. Between 2014 and 2019 he was a member of the review college of the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council. He has advised a number of governments and companies on competition law, IP matters as well as better regulation (impact assessment, CBA).