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Dr David Reader

Associate Tutor, School of Law

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David is a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Competition Policy (CCP) and an Associate Tutor at the UEA Law School. Having joined the CCP in October 2010, he worked as a part-time Research Assistant while undertaking his PhD studies. David's specialist research area relates to merger assessment procedure around the world and, in particular, the use of public interest criteria by national and supranational states. His previous research has also explored the application of competition law to markets with 'unique' characteristics, including media and healthcare.

His PhD thesis, entitled 'Revisiting the Role of the Public Interest in Merger Control' (UEA Law School, 2011-2015), utilises legal and empirical methods to explore the practicalities and justifications of considering public interest criteria during the assessment of mergers. By drawing insights from merger regimes across the world, the thesis proposes a framework for accommodating public interest criteria within merger control, while minimising the disruption that such criteria can cause to competitive markets.

David also teaches on the Company Law (LAW-6006A) and Skills Development (LAW-4009Y; LAW-5031Y) modules at the UEA Law School.

Follow David on Twitter at @davidmreader.

Academic Background

Ph.D in Law, Thesis title: 'Revisiting the Role of the Public Interest in Merger Control' (University of East Anglia, 2016).

LL.M (with Distinction) in International Competition Law with Research Methods Training (University of East Anglia, 2012).

LL.B in Law (University of East Anglia, 2010).

All Publications

Reader, D.


Does Ofcom Offer a Credible Solution to Bias in Media Public Interest Mergers in the United Kingdom?

UEA Repository


Reader, D.


Pfizer/AstraZeneca and the Public Interest: Do UK Foreign Takeover Proposals Prescribe an Effective Remedy?

UEA Repository


Key Research Interests

Current Research Topics:

  • Competition Law (inc. merger control, goals of competition law)
  • Competition policy and media markets
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Equity and Justice in Energy Markets

Selected Publications:

Reader D, 'Accommodating Public Interest Considerations in Domestic Merger Control: Empirical Insights' (2016) CCP Working Paper 16-3.

Reader D, 'Pfizer/AstraZeneca and the Public Interest: Do UK foreign takeover proposals prescribe an effective remedy?' (2014) 10(1) CPI Antitrust Chronicle.

Reader D, 'Does Ofcom offer a credible solution to bias in media public interest mergers in the United Kingdom?' (2014) 4(1) CPI Antitrust Chronicle.

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