Ben Van Rompuy

Prof. Dr. Ben Van Rompuy
Associated Senior Researcher
Ben Van Rompuy is Assistant Professor of Competition Law at the Europa Institute of Leiden Law School and associated Senior Researcher at iMinds-SMIT. Since 2013, he is also part-time Visting Professor of Competition policy and media regulation at the Vrije Universteit Brussel (VUB).

His main research interests lie in the fields of European and comparative competition law and EU internal market law, with a particular focus on the media and sports sectors. His current work focuses on public interest interventions of EU Member States within the context of media merger control.

Ben holds a doctoral degree in law (2011) and masters' degrees in international and European Law and in communication sciences from the VUB. His Ph.D. thesis, published as “Economic Efficiency: The Sole Concern of Modern Antitrust Policy? Non-efficiency Considerations under Article 101 TFEU" (Kluwer Law International 2012), examined the role of public interest considerations (beyond competition policy) in EU antitrust law enforcement.

Before joining Leiden University in August 2016, Ben was a senior researcher at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut in The Hague (2012-2016), where he headed the ASSER International Sports Law Centre. As a recipient of a Francqui Foundation Fellowship of the B.A.E.F., he started his postdoctoral career at the Georgetown University Law Center’s Institute for International Economic Law (2011). During this time, he also served as a consultant in international antitrust for the US Federal Trade Commission. He previously was a visiting scholar at New York University (2009).

He is a member of the Advisory Board of the American Antitrust Institute and editor-in-chief of the Asser International Sports Law book series (Springer).

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Project Publication
Study on Sports Organisers' Rights in the EU (2014)

The impact of EU competition policy on the sale of sports media rights: trends and developments at the national level (2014)

Effective sanctioning of match-fixing: the need for a two-track approach (2013)

The EBU’s Eurovision System Governing the Joint Buying of Sports Broadcasting Rights: Unfinished Competition Business (2013)

Cunning as a Fox. Dutch competition authority clears long-term acquisition of Dutch football broadcasting rights (2013)

Hof van Justitie: WK en EK voetbal niet exclusief op betaalzenders (2013)

Economic efficiency: The Sole Concern of Modern Antitrust Policy? Non-efficiency considerations under Article 101 TFEU (2012)

Competition law, sports and public service broadcasting: The legal complexity and political sensitivity of measuring market distortion and public value (2012)

Plan to relieve Spanish football club tax debts (2012)

The Impact of the Lisbon Treaty on EU Competition Law: A Review of Recent Case Law of the EU Courts (2011)

The Standard of proof in EC merger control: what conclusions can be drawn from the Sony BMG saga? (2009)

Fair access to exclusive sports rights still a long shot in the U.K. pay TV market (2009)

Ensuring Access to Sports Content: 10 years of EU Intervention, time to celebrate? (2009)

Case comment: Implications for the Standard of Proof in EC Merger Proceedings: Bertelsmann and Sony Corp of America v Impala (C-413/06), ECJ (2009)

Rethinking European Media and Communications Policies (2009)

The recognition of the specificity of sport in the European Commission’s Article 81 EC decisional practice related to sports media rights (2009)

The European Commission’s re-examination of the Sony BMG merger: a precedent-setting attempt to jump the fence (2008)

The Standard of Proof in EC Merger Control. Conclusions from the Sony BMG Saga”, IES working paper (2008)