Magali Eben is a third year PhD Candidate at the University of Leeds (United Kingdom). She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in law from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and an LLM in Comparative Corporate and Financial Law from the University of Leeds. She teaches seminars and lectures in Competition Law and EU Law to undergraduate students at the University of Leeds and has given guest lectures to LLM students at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. She also provides research assistance to both academics and practitioners.
Magali’s research project examines the difficulties online services pose for the traditional approach to market definition, both in EU competition law and in US antitrust. It aims to critically analyse solutions to particular problems, such as: the free nature of services, the multi-sidedness of platforms, the dynamic nature of business models and products, and the overall difficulty in drawing clear boundaries around markets online. In doing so, the project will enable the formulation of guidelines on market definition for online services. During her research visit Magali will learn from the US perspective on these issues, by liaising with both academics and practitioners. She will assess the viability of market definition in the context of online services according to US doctrine, jurisprudence and legal practice, and different schools of economics. American experts are significant contributors to the ideas and practice underlying market definition. The information collected during her residence will allow Magali to formulate suggestions underpinned by strong, cross-Atlantic, evidence.