Professor Konstantinos Stylianou

  • Professor in Competition Law (School of Law)

Biography

I am a Professor of Competition Law and Regulation – I joined the School in early 2023 from the University of Leeds.

My research and teaching focus on digital markets, blockchain, and high-tech industries in general. I am interested in the nature and function of competition, the choice between competition and regulation, and how markets are organised around new technologies.

I enjoy translating my research into policy and government work and I have been fortunate to have had various opportunities through the years. In 2020, I was appointed to the Lawmaking Commission convened by the Greek government on the modernisation of competition law in Greece, and more recently, I advised the Saudi Arabia government on competitiveness in the domestic fintech market. I have also served as a Special Scientific Advisor to the Hellenic Competition Commission, I have worked with various tech companies including Google and Meta (Facebook), and I have delivered training to judges and government officials in the frame of programmes run by the EU, OECD, and the governments of Thailand, Saudi Arabia, and Greece. I also sit on the Advisory Board of the Internet Commission, and on the Academic Advisory Board of the International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications.

Much of my work is collaborative. Between 2019 and 2023 I was part of the team from Erasmus, Leeds, and Bar-Ilan that won a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence award to study ‘Digital Governance’. During the same time, and together with Stockholm University, I co-developed the only publicly accessible database of European Commission decisions on competition law (db-comp.eu), with funding from ESRC, and based on a research project funded by the Swedish Competition Commission. Over the years, I served as a Visiting Scholar at Oxford University, Brown University, and Delft University, and more recently as a Senior Research Fellow at Loyola University Chicago.

Research publication details appear in the list below. I am currently writing a monograph on Antitrust in the Decentralised Economy to be published by Oxford University Press in 2024.  Financial support for research is gratefully acknowledged to have been received over the years from ESRC, EU, the Fulbright Foundation, the Onassis Foundation, the Swedish Network for European Legal Studies, the Swedish Competition Authority, the Koch Foundation, the Hellenic Scholarship Foundation, the Institute for European Education and Culture, the Institute for Humane Studies, Google, Meta, Brown University, and FGV. In 2023, I was shortlisted for the Concurrence writing awards in the ‘General Antitrust’ category for my work on the goals of EU competition law.

Sometimes my work and research is featured in the media, among others in Forbes, Marketwatch (Dow Jones), Business Insider, Channel 4, EuroNews, Coindesk, Cointelegraph, Sputnik News, Heise Online, Huffington Post Brazil, The Conversation and others. 

I hold an S.J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, an LL.M. from Harvard University, and an LL.B. and LL.M. from Aristotle University.

Research interests

Most of my work revolves around the intersection of technology and competition law. Industries I have particularly researched include blockchain, telecommunications, and online platforms. I have a broader interest in technology policy and how technology itself is an artefact and how this helps us understand how to regulate it. I also maintain an interest in online platform terms of service and how they affect fundamental rights such as privacy and freedom of expression.

Publications

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2023

Stylianou, K. , Iacovides, M. and Lundqvist, B. (Eds.) (2023) Fintech Competition: Law, Policy, and Market Organisation. Series: Swedish studies in European Law volume 17. Hart Publishing. ISBN 9781509963348

Akman, P., Brook, O. and Stylianou, K. (2023) Introduction. In: Akman, P., Brook, O. and Stylianou, K. (eds.) Research Handbook on Abuse of Dominance and Monopolization. Series: Research handbooks in competition law. Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 1-6. ISBN 9781839108716 (doi: 10.4337/9781839108723.00007)

Akman, P., Brook, O. and Stylianou, K. (Eds.) (2023) Research Handbook on Abuse of Dominance and Monopolization. Series: Research handbooks in competition law. Edward Elgar Publishing: Cheltenham. ISBN 9781839108716

2022

Stylianou, K. and Iacovides, M. (2022) The goals of EU competition law: a comprehensive empirical investigation. Legal Studies, 42(4), pp. 620-648. (doi: 10.1017/lst.2022.8)

Stylianou, K. , Zingales, N. and di Stefano, S. (2022) Is Facebook Keeping up with International Standards on Freedom of Expression? A Time-Series Analysis 2005-2020. Documentation. SSRN. (doi: 10.2139/ssrn.4032703).

2021

Stylianou, K. , Spiegelberg, L., Herlihy, M. and Carter, N. (2021) Cryptocurrency competition and market concentration in the presence of network effects. Ledger, 6, pp. 81-101. (doi: 10.5195/LEDGER.2021.226)

2020

Stylianou, K. and Carter, N. (2020) The size of the crypto economy: calculating market shares of cryptoassets, exchanges and mining pools. Journal of Competition Law and Economics, 16(4), pp. 511-551. (doi: 10.1093/joclec/nhaa016)

Stylianou, K. (2020) Can common business practices ever be anticompetitive? Redefining monopolization. American Business Law Journal, 57(1), pp. 169-221. (doi: 10.1111/ablj.12157)

2019

Stylianou, K. (2019) Apple v Pepper: the unintended fallout in Europe. Journal of Antitrust Enforcement, 7(3), pp. 457-465. (doi: 10.1093/jaenfo/jnz031)

Stylianou, K. (2019) What can the first blockchain antitrust case teach us about the crypto-economy? Harvard Journal of Law and Technology Digest,

2018

Stylianou, K. (2018) Exclusion in digital markets. Michigan Technology Law Review, 24(2), pp. 181-252. (doi: 10.36645/mtlr.24.2.exclusion)

2017

Stylianou, K. (2017) Is Google really a monopolist? Is it acting like one? Competition Law Insight, 16(9), (doi: 10.2139/ssrn.3121044)

2016

Stylianou, K. (2016) Systemic efficiencies in competition law: evidence from the ICT industry. Journal of Competition Law and Economics, 12(3), pp. 557-590. (doi: 10.1093/joclec/nhw022)

Stylianou, K. (2016) The persistent problems of net neutrality or why are we still lacking stable net neutrality regulation. In: Belli, L. and De Filippi, P. (eds.) Net Neutrality Compendium. Springer, pp. 211-229. ISBN 9783319264240 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-26425-7_16)

Venturini, J., Louzada, L., Maciel, M. F., Zingales, N., Stylianou, K. and Belli, L. (2016) Terms of Service and Human Rights: an Analysis of Online Platform Contracts. Editora Revan. ISBN 9788571065741

2015

Stylianou, K. , Venturini, J. and Zingales, N. (2015) Protecting user privacy in the Cloud: an analysis of terms of service. European Journal of Law and Technology, 6(3),

2011

Stylianou, K. (2011) An innovation-centric approach of telecommunications infrastructure regulation. Virginia Journal of Law and Technology, 16(2), pp. 221-252.

Stylianou, K. K. (2011) Hasta la vista privacy, or how technology terminated privacy. In: Akrivopoulou, C. and Psygkas, A. (eds.) Personal Data Privacy and Protection in a Surveillance Era: Technologies and Practices. IGI Global, pp. 44-57. ISBN 9781609600839 (doi: 10.4018/978-1-60960-083-9.ch003)

2010

Stylianou, K. (2010) An evolutionary study of cloud computing services privacy terms. John Marshall Journal of Computer and Information Law, 27(4), pp. 593-612.

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Number of items: 19.

Articles

Stylianou, K. and Iacovides, M. (2022) The goals of EU competition law: a comprehensive empirical investigation. Legal Studies, 42(4), pp. 620-648. (doi: 10.1017/lst.2022.8)

Stylianou, K. , Spiegelberg, L., Herlihy, M. and Carter, N. (2021) Cryptocurrency competition and market concentration in the presence of network effects. Ledger, 6, pp. 81-101. (doi: 10.5195/LEDGER.2021.226)

Stylianou, K. and Carter, N. (2020) The size of the crypto economy: calculating market shares of cryptoassets, exchanges and mining pools. Journal of Competition Law and Economics, 16(4), pp. 511-551. (doi: 10.1093/joclec/nhaa016)

Stylianou, K. (2020) Can common business practices ever be anticompetitive? Redefining monopolization. American Business Law Journal, 57(1), pp. 169-221. (doi: 10.1111/ablj.12157)

Stylianou, K. (2019) Apple v Pepper: the unintended fallout in Europe. Journal of Antitrust Enforcement, 7(3), pp. 457-465. (doi: 10.1093/jaenfo/jnz031)

Stylianou, K. (2019) What can the first blockchain antitrust case teach us about the crypto-economy? Harvard Journal of Law and Technology Digest,

Stylianou, K. (2018) Exclusion in digital markets. Michigan Technology Law Review, 24(2), pp. 181-252. (doi: 10.36645/mtlr.24.2.exclusion)

Stylianou, K. (2017) Is Google really a monopolist? Is it acting like one? Competition Law Insight, 16(9), (doi: 10.2139/ssrn.3121044)

Stylianou, K. (2016) Systemic efficiencies in competition law: evidence from the ICT industry. Journal of Competition Law and Economics, 12(3), pp. 557-590. (doi: 10.1093/joclec/nhw022)

Stylianou, K. , Venturini, J. and Zingales, N. (2015) Protecting user privacy in the Cloud: an analysis of terms of service. European Journal of Law and Technology, 6(3),

Stylianou, K. (2011) An innovation-centric approach of telecommunications infrastructure regulation. Virginia Journal of Law and Technology, 16(2), pp. 221-252.

Stylianou, K. (2010) An evolutionary study of cloud computing services privacy terms. John Marshall Journal of Computer and Information Law, 27(4), pp. 593-612.

Books

Venturini, J., Louzada, L., Maciel, M. F., Zingales, N., Stylianou, K. and Belli, L. (2016) Terms of Service and Human Rights: an Analysis of Online Platform Contracts. Editora Revan. ISBN 9788571065741

Book Sections

Akman, P., Brook, O. and Stylianou, K. (2023) Introduction. In: Akman, P., Brook, O. and Stylianou, K. (eds.) Research Handbook on Abuse of Dominance and Monopolization. Series: Research handbooks in competition law. Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 1-6. ISBN 9781839108716 (doi: 10.4337/9781839108723.00007)

Stylianou, K. (2016) The persistent problems of net neutrality or why are we still lacking stable net neutrality regulation. In: Belli, L. and De Filippi, P. (eds.) Net Neutrality Compendium. Springer, pp. 211-229. ISBN 9783319264240 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-26425-7_16)

Stylianou, K. K. (2011) Hasta la vista privacy, or how technology terminated privacy. In: Akrivopoulou, C. and Psygkas, A. (eds.) Personal Data Privacy and Protection in a Surveillance Era: Technologies and Practices. IGI Global, pp. 44-57. ISBN 9781609600839 (doi: 10.4018/978-1-60960-083-9.ch003)

Edited Books

Stylianou, K. , Iacovides, M. and Lundqvist, B. (Eds.) (2023) Fintech Competition: Law, Policy, and Market Organisation. Series: Swedish studies in European Law volume 17. Hart Publishing. ISBN 9781509963348

Akman, P., Brook, O. and Stylianou, K. (Eds.) (2023) Research Handbook on Abuse of Dominance and Monopolization. Series: Research handbooks in competition law. Edward Elgar Publishing: Cheltenham. ISBN 9781839108716

Research Reports or Papers

Stylianou, K. , Zingales, N. and di Stefano, S. (2022) Is Facebook Keeping up with International Standards on Freedom of Expression? A Time-Series Analysis 2005-2020. Documentation. SSRN. (doi: 10.2139/ssrn.4032703).

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Grants

 

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), 2023-28: Infrastucture grant - CREATe (Co-Investigator) -- £1.1m
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), 2021-22: Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) grant (Principal Investigator) – £13,000 
  • Facebook, 2020-21: Facebook Research grant on “The Co-Evolution of Facebook’s Content Policies and International Instruments on Freedom of Expression” (Principal Investigator) – $63,000 (FEC: £98,000)
  • Swedish Network of European Legal Studies, 2020: Networking grant on “Competition in Fintech Markets” (Principal Investigator) (with Stockholm University) – £20,000
  • European Union Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence Award, 2019-22: “Digital Governance” (Co-Investigator) (with Erasmus University Rotterdam and Bari-Ilan University) – €100,000 
  • Swedish Competition Authority, 2019-20: Research grant on “Goals and Purposes of Competition Law” (Principal Investigator) (with Stockholm University) – £53,000 
  • Brown University, 2019: Research grant on “Market Power in the Blockchain” (Principal Investigator) – $12,000
  • FGV, 2014-15: Research project on “Terms of Service and Human Rights” (Principal Investigator) – $15,000 (plus €5,000 matching funding from Citizentrust)

Supervision

I am open to supervising new Ph.D. students in the areas of my research interests (see above). Prospective students can contact me to discuss their thesis idea, but I expect a minimum of a 10-page proposal identifying key themes and contributions.

Current Ph.D. Students

Gabriel Murghulia (Glasgow) –Automated pricing and abuse of dominance

Ananya Banerjee (Leeds) – VAT in digital markets of developing economies

Teaching

I teach mainly in the areas of competition law (EU, US, UK) and regulatory theory. Additional teaching interests include financial regulation, EU law, privacy law, and intellectual property law.

Additional information

Member of the Advisory Board of the Internet Commission, and of the Academic Advisory Board of the International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA). 

External examiner at the London School of Economics and the University of East Anglia.

Member of the editorial boards of World Competition and Ledger.

Member of the Academic Society for Competition Law, and the European Consortium on Political Research. 

Public consultations:

  1. European Commission, DSA Transparency Database of Content Moderation Decisions, July 2023
  2. UK Competition and Markets Authority, Mobile Ecosystems Market Study, July 2021
  3. The Law Society, Cryptoassets, DLT and Smart Contracts – UK Jurisdiction Taskforce Consultation, June 2019
  4. UK Financial Conduct Authority, CP19/3: Guidance on Cryptoassets, March 2019
  5. European Commission Public Consultation on Shaping Competition Policy in the Era of Digitisation, September 2018
  6. Brazilian Ministry of Justice Public Consultation on Net Neutrality, February 2015