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Baskaran Balasingham is a lecturer at Macquarie Law School. His research focuses on competition law/antitrust law. Prior to joining Macquarie Law School he was a lecturer at Deakin Law School and Maastricht University.

Baskaran wrote his PhD thesis entitled 'The Effectiveness and Fairness of the EU Leniency Policy' at King's College London. During his PhD he taught EU competition law at undergraduate level and also worked as a legal researcher at the UK Competition and Markets Authority. In Spring 2016, upon being awarded the prestigious International Scholar-in-Residence scholarship by the American Bar Association, Baskaran conducted research on US antitrust law at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington D.C. In January 2019, he was a visiting researcher at the Max-Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in Munich. Baskaran is the founder of the Herbert Smith Freehills Competition Law Moot, an international moot court competition in competition law, which has been hosted by King's College London annually since 2015. He completed a traineeship at DG Competition of the European Commission as a bluebook stagiaire.

Research interests

Competition law; antitrust law; international trade law; EU law

Research student supervision

Baskaran welcomes applications from HDR candidates who are interested in writing their thesis in the general area of international economic law. 


  • LAWS528 Competition and Consumer Law - unit convenor, lecturer, tutor
  • LAWS820 Competition Law - unit convenor, lecturer, tutor
  • LAWS510 International Trade and Finance - unit convenor, lecturer, tutor
  • LAW 889 International Trade and Finance - unit convenor, lecturer, tutor

Education/Academic qualification

Law, PhD, King's College London

1 Oct 20111 Feb 2016

Education , Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice , King's College London

1 Oct 20131 Dec 2015

Law, LLM in Competition Law, King's College London

1 Sep 200931 Aug 2010

Law , LLB (European Law), Maastricht University

1 Sep 200631 Aug 2009

Law, LLM (European Law), Maastricht University

1 Sep 200731 Jul 2009

European Studies , BA , Maastricht University

1 Sep 200431 Jul 2006

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Research Outputs

Big Tech and news: a critical approach to digital platforms, journalism, and competition law

Neilson, T. & Balasingham, B., 2021, (In preparation) Algorithmic distribution of the news: policy response. Palgrave Macmillan

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • The EU leniency policy: reconciling effectiveness and fairness

    Balasingham, B., 2017, Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands: Kluwer Law International. 266 p. (International Competition Law Series; vol. 70)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Activities

    • 1 Oral presentation

    Big Tech and News: A Critical Approach to Digital Platforms, Journalism, and Competition Law

    Tai Neilson (Speaker), Baskaran Balasingham (Speaker)
    2 Oct 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation