UCL Faculty of Laws

Prof Valentine Korah

Prof Valentine Korah

Emeritus Professor of Competition Law

Faculty of Laws


Joined UCL
1st Oct 1993

Research summary

Professor Korah's research interests are in the areas of European Community and other competition laws and policy.


University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1965
University College London
Other higher degree, Master of Laws | 1951
University College London
First Degree, Bachelor of Laws | 1949


Throughout her long career she has made it easier for lawyers and economists to work together. In the 1960s she started an LL.M. course on UK competition law and policy together with Professor Basil Yamey, a notable economist who produced and supervised theoretical and empirical work on problems concerning competition policy. He attended every week to ask naïve questions which upset the misguided preconceptions of Val and the students.  At that time there were no other courses on competition for lawyers in the UK, although there were many in North America and some for economists in the UK. At much the same time, Jeremy Lever started to teach a postgraduate course for lawyers at Oxford.

In 1970, Val worked for 8 months nearly full time as a civil servant helping to draft a Bill to replace the UK Monopolies and Mergers Commission by the Prices and Incomes Board and to modify the legal framework. At that time academics were never or hardly ever recruited to the Civil Service for a limited period and part time. In May 1970 the Commission for Industry and Manpower Bill fell with the government and never came into force, but many of the instructions to Parliamentary Counsel and notes on clauses which she had drafted were used when the Fair Trading Bill was passed. In 1973 she was invited to advise a quango, the Price Commission, and did so for some months, also nearly full time. On both occasions she continued to teach full time at UCL.

Her basic academic home has been UCL since 1946 when she came up as an undergraduate. She taught and wrote there from 1951 until her formal retirement in 1993. She has taught many subjects, but recently competition law and policy on a part time basis as Professor Emeritus of Competition law.