Baskaran Balasingham is a PhD candidate at the Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London. He graduated from King’s College with a masters in competition law (2010). Afterwards he completed a traineeship in the cartels division of DG Competition (European Commission). In 2011 Baskaran returned to King’s to start his PhD which deals with the effectiveness and fairness in the EU leniency policy. During his PhD studies he taught the undergraduate module in EU Competition law for two consecutive years and worked as a research assistant for several months. In the last year of the PhD he worked as a full-time legal researcher at the UK Competition and Markets Authority. Baskaran is the founder of the Herbert Smith Freehills Competition Law Moot which is now in its second edition.
Baskaran is currently working on a research project dealing with the competitive effects of retail-Most-Favoured Nation (MFN) clauses under EU competition law and US antitrust. During his research visit in Washington D.C. as an ABA Antitrust Section Scholar in Residence Baskaran will seek to explore the US approach to retail-MFNs, in particular whether those clauses should fall under the per se rule or the rule of reason.