Embracing and Nurturing the Free Market: Lessons from Poland through the Lens of Competition Law and Policy

Queen’s University Belfast

Project summary

This project investigates the embracement and development of a free market economy in Poland following the fall of communism through the lens of Competition Law and Policy. The key institutional and substantive developments are analysed by means of primary research in the framework of cooperation between academics at Queen’s University and University of Warsaw. The targeted audience includes academics, practitioners and policy-makers. The discreet project’s outputs include a journal article and at least three short notes aimed at the general public in the UK. The findings will be disseminated also by means of conference presentations.

This project speaks to all three goals of the Programme on Modern Poland. It envisages primary research contributing to a better understanding of Modern Poland. It helps to build bridges between a UK and Polish institutions by means of establishing cooperation between Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Warsaw, which will plant seeds for further cooperation beyond the scope of this project and it strives to widely disseminate cutting-edge knowledge about Poland to audiences across the UK and beyond.


Principal Investigator
Dr. Marek Martyniszyn, Queen’s University Belfast

Lecturer in Law at Queen’s University Belfast. He holds a PhD from University College Dublin (completed on a prestigious Ad Astra Scholarship) and an LLM awarded by the Saarland University’s European Institute. His research focuses on various aspects of competition law and policy in international and transnational contexts. His most recent publications investigate foreign states’ amicus curiae submissions in U.S. Antitrust Cases (published in the Antitrust Bulletin) and foreign states’ entanglement in anticompetitive conduct (forthcoming in World Competition). His research was published in leading peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of International Economic Law, Journal of Antitrust Enforcement and World Competition. Marek is a Non-Governmental Advisor to the International Competition Network (ICN) and a Member of the UNCTAD Research Partnership Platform. He teaches and coordinates Contract Law and Competition Law modules at Queen’s University.

Dr. Maciej Bernatt, University of Warsaw

Assistant Professor at the Department of European Economic Law (Jean Monnet Chair), Faculty of Management, University of Warsaw. He acts also as a Scientific Secretary of the Centre of Antitrust and Regulatory Studies at the University of Warsaw. At the University, he teaches EU economic law, international and comparative competition law as well as course in business and human rights. He holds a Ph.D. in Law from University of Warsaw. He received scholarships and research grants from several institutions including Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission, Polish Minister of Science and Higher Education, Polish National Science Centre and Foundation for Polish Science. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies, Loyola University Chicago School of Law and the ICN Non-Governmental Advisor to the Poland’s Competition Authority. In the past he worked for six years as a référendaire in the Constitutional Tribunal of Poland and for four years for the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights where he coordinated the Strategic Litigation Program. He was involved in the cases litigated before the European Court of Human Rights and Polish supreme courts. His research focuses on judicial review in competition law, decentralised enforcement of EU competition law and the interplay between EU and national competition laws. He published two books and numerous articles in Polish journals. He is also a co-author of two leading commentaries to Polish Competition Act and Polish Unfair Competition Act. His publications in English appeared among others in the Common Market Law Review, the Columbia Journal of European Law, the Competition Law Review, the European Competition Law Review and the Review of European Administrative Law.