Research group at imec & Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Ben Van Rompuy – Senior Researcher


Personal Description

I am currently Assistant Professor of Competition Law at the Europa Institute of Leiden Law School and associate senior researcher at imec-SMIT-VUB. My 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.

I hold a doctoral degree in law (2011) and masters’ degrees in international and European Law and in communication sciences from the VUB. My 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, I was a senior researcher at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut in The Hague (2012-2016). As a recipient of a Francqui Foundation Fellowship of the B.A.E.F., I started my postdoctoral career at the Georgetown University Law Center’s Institute for International Economic Law (2011). During this time, I also served as a consultant in international antitrust for the US Federal Trade Commission. I previously was a visiting scholar at New York University (2009).