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Part I Overview of Private Enforcement Systems, 1 Private Enforcement at a Glance

From: The Private Enforcement of Competition Law (1st Edition)

Pedro Caro de Sousa

From: Oxford Competition Law (http://oxcat.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 19 July 2024

Subject(s):
Private actions — National enforcement — Private enforcement — Infringement actions — State and competition law

This chapter provides an overview of the key concepts surrounding private enforcement. Private enforcement primarily aims to provide compensation for victims of competition infringements. Thus, the role of private parties is particularly important in jurisdictions that rely heavily on private claims to ensure antitrust enforcement and to close the enforcement gap. The chapter then discusses the existing systems of private systems in the US and across Europe. It also considers the different ways in which a jurisdiction can adapt its private enforcement regimes to local circumstances by referencing the approaches in different nations, such as Japan, the UK, Spain, Brazil, and Germany.

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