Ignacio Herrera Anchustegui is a final year Ph.D. candidate at the Faculty of Law of the University of Bergen and member of the Bergen Center for Competition Law & Economics (BECCLE). His Ph.D. research project, entitled “The EU/EEA Competition Law Regulation of Buyer Power” is supervised by Ass. Prof. Ronny Gjendemsjø and Prof. Erling Hjelmeng. Ignacio is also the lecturer of the EU/EEA Public Procurement Course at the University of Bergen. His research interests cover buyer power regulation, public procurement, sectoral competition regulation applicable to electricity, oil and natural gas, competition philosophy and comparative antitrust.
He holds a law degree summa cum laude (2008) from the Catholic University Andrés Bello, Venezuela, and an LL.M. in European and International Business Law with honors (2012) from the University of Vienna, Austria. He worked in his native Venezuela for several years as an attorney, as well as Academic Assistant pro bono at the Catholic University Andrés Bello. Later he interned at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Vienna in 2012. During the course of his Ph.D. studies he has published in the fields of EU competition law and public procurement law as well as having carried out research visits in several institutions in Europe and the US.
Ignacio has been awarded a four-year post-doctoral research grant by Statoil ASA as part of the Akademia-Avtalen research collaboration scheme with the University of Bergen to carry out research concerning the economic regulation of energy markets within EU/EEA Competition and Public Procurement Law. In connection with this research project, and thanks to the Scholar-in-Residence Program scholarship, during his visit to Washington D.C, he will carry out a study concerning the Antitrust Regulation of Electricity and Natural Gas Markets from an EU-US comparative perspective. He will deal with the regulatory means employed in the US and the EU concerning the ownership unbundling process, the prevention of third-party non-discriminatory access to the distribution networks of electricity and natural gas, and the transition from a direct government regulation to a market-based system. Furthermore, he will investigate the scope and applicability of the essential facilities doctrine, with a particular emphasis in the energy sector. His objective is to determine whether there is or should be a different approach to third-party access concerning energy distribution in comparison to general antitrust law.