Chapter 2: Brief history of market definition
A description of how market definition developed and gradually imposed itself in competition law, originally in the USA and then in the EU. This historical perspective allows us to understand that Competition law can be, and was, applied without market definition, and to duly frame the discussion about why it is so important to have an objective, predictable, single method of market definition in EU competition law, determined by the case-law, as well as when it is essential and when one can do without it. Statistics are provided on the number of times this issue is discussed before the Court, in the different areas of competition law.
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