ZWeR 2015, 34

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Due Process in EU antitrust proceedings – causa finita after Menarini?

And these men are my judges? My lord treasurer,
Towards you I will be just, be you but just
To me. ‘Tis said that you consult with zeal
The good of England, and of England’s queen;
Are honest, watchful, indefatigable;
I will believe it. Not your private ends,
Your sovereign and your country’s weal alone,
Inspire your counsels and direct your deeds.
Therefore, my noble lord, you should the more
Distrust your heart; should see that you mistake not
The welfare of the government for justice.
Friedrich Schiller, Mary Stuart (Act I Scene 7)

Contents

  • I. Introduction
  • II. Analysis of due process in current EU antitrust proceedings
    • 1. Current EU antitrust proceedings are not in line with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR)
      • 1.1 Fundamental right to an independent and impartial tribunal in the first instance in case of a “criminal charge”
      • 1.2 The Menarini decision is unconvincing
      • 1.3 Right to an independent and impartial tribunal in the first instance in case of antitrust proceedings
    • 2. EU Courts’ Legality Review does not meet the ECHR Standards
      • 2.1 EU Courts lack the legal basis for a full judicial review
      • 2.2 The Commission’s Margin of Discretion is Unacceptable under the ECHR
      • 2.3 The Court of Justice superficially tailored the Legality Review to meet the ECHR Standards
      • 2.4 Shortcomings of the Current Proceedings at the EU Courts
      • 2.5 Absence of Suspensory Effect of an Appeal
  • III. Conclusion
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Dr. iur., Attorney at law/Rechtsanwalt, Homburger AG, Zurich; admitted to the bars in Zurich, Switzerland, and Munich, Germany. The author would like to thank Anne Valléry (VGGB Avocats) and his colleague Andreas Burger for their critical comments and valuable contributions to this article.

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