Newcastle Law School

Staff Profile

Dr David Reader

Lecturer in Competition & EU Law


David arrived at the Newcastle Law School in October 2018. His main research and teaching interests are in Competition Law, with a particular interest in cross-border merger control (esp. the role of public interest criteria and the regulation of digital mergers). His previous research has also explored the application of competition law to markets with 'unique' characteristics, including media, energy and healthcare. His research has featured in several leading journals in the field, inc. the Journal of Antitrust Enforcement and the IBA’s Competition Law International.

Within the Law School, he coordinates modules on 'Competition Law' and 'Research Topic in Law' at Stage 3, and also contributes to modules on 'EU Law' and 'Foundations of Legal Skills'. As of August 2020, David is also the Senior Tutor with responsibility for Stage 1 pastoral support.

Before commencing his current role at Newcastle University, David worked as a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Competition Policy (CCP) and an Associate Tutor at the UEA Law School. He continues to work remotely as a Senior Fellow at the Melbourne Law School, where he co-ordinates the 'Mergers' subject and contributes to the 'Foundations: Competition Law and Economics' subject on MLS’s online Global Competition and Consumer Law Program.

David was awarded a PhD in Law from the University of East Anglia in 2015, for his thesis entitled 'Revisiting the Role of the Public Interest in Merger Control', which utilised legal and empirical methods to explore the practicalities and justifications of considering public interest criteria within merger assessments. By drawing insights from 75 merger regimes across the world, the thesis proposes a framework for accommodating public interest criteria within merger control, while seeking to minimise the disruption that such criteria can cause to the competitive process.