New to this edition
Readership: Practitioners dealing with electronic communications in Europe either at a European level or at a national level; lawyers interested in data privacy protection; businesses and other undertakings active in the electronic communications markets; regulators at national and European level working in this area; academics and advanced students and reference libraries in the UK and worldwide.
Paul Nihoul, Professor of Law, University of Louvain and Professor of Law, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, and Peter Rodford, Former Head of the European Commission unit responsible for regulatory policy in electronic communications (DG Information Society, Unit B1 'Policy development')
Professor Paul Nihoul is Professor of Law at the University of Louvain, Belgium. He is also Jean Monet Professor of Law at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, and Editor of the Journal of European Competition Law & Practice (OUP). His areas of research are Europe, Competition and Consumer Protection, including Food Law. He has been teaching European Competition Law, Competition Economics,
Consumer law, Food Law, Electronic Communications, Network Regulation, Institutional Issues and Judicial Protection since 1990.
Peter Rodford is a former Head of the European Commission unit responsible for regulatory policy in electronic communications (DG Information Society, Unit B1 'Policy development'), and took part on behalf of the Commission in the recent negotiation with the European Parliament and Council on the amendments to the EU regulatory framework.
He was a member of the Commission's staff from 1974 to 2010, and worked in the Legal Service, the External Affairs Directorate General, and as a member of the cabinet of Commissioner Peter M. Schmidhuber, where he was responsible for telecoms liberalisation and external affairs.
He is visiting professor in the European Legal Studies Department of the College of Europe.
"If you need a book to guide you through this particular legal maze, this is it." - Peter Groves, IPso Jure
"...authoritative and learned book...practitioners, academics, students, and many others - will find this book indispensable not only as an authoritative work of reference, but as a readable and accessible aid to understanding the new regulatory framework...a vital addition to your business's law library" - Phillip Taylor MBE & Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers
"... any researcher, practitioner, or student interested in understanding developments in telecommunications, competition, and models of regulation and seeking to find a readily accessible book needs to look no further than the
second edition of the book co-authored by Paul Nihoul and Peter Rodford-EU Electronic Communications Law: Competition and Regulation in the European Telecommunications Market." - Joseph Savirimuthu, Journal Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice
1: The regulation of electronic communications in the European Union
2: Authorisations and formalities prior to starting activities
3: Access to facilities and resources controlled by other undertakings
4: The universal service obligations and provisions ensuring the general availability of certain services
5: User protection and dispute resolution