Dr Liza Lovdahl Gormsen joined BIICL on 1 September 2014 as a Senior Research Fellow and the director of the Competition Law Forum. Her role at BIICL is to lead the Competition Law Forum, host events for its members and get the Forum involved in national and international competition policy debates and be engaged in competition law research. Liza is a Non-Governmental Advisor to the International Competition Network, appointed by the UK Competition and Markets Authority. She is a member of the International Competition Network's (ICN) Unilateral Conduct Working Group and the Agency Effectiveness Working Group. Liza sits on the advisory board of the Journal of Antitrust Enforcement (OUP) edited by Professor Bill Kovacic and Professor Ariel Ezrachi. In May 2020, Liza was appointed Senior Advisor at the Financial Conduct Authority.
Previously, Liza taught Competition Law in an International Context at London School of Economics (2008-2011). Since 2011, she has been a Senior Lecturer at University of Manchester. Liza continues to maintain her PhD supervision responsibilities at University of Manchester. Besides her academic background, Liza has experience in private practice at both national and international level and served as a Lawyer at the Office of Fair Trading (2004-2008) where she gained extensive experience in consumer goods industries and pharmaceuticals.
Liza has undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in law from University of Copenhagen and an LLM in European Law from King's College London. In 2007, she obtained a PhD in Competition Law at King's College London supervised by Emeritus Professor Richard Whish QC and visiting Professor David Bailey (Brick Court Chambers). Her PhD focused on the topic of abuse of a dominant position in EU Competition Law with a specific emphasis on consumer welfare and economic freedom.
Liza is the author of A Principle Approach to Abuse of Dominance (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and State Aid and Tax Rulings (Edward Elgar, 2019). She has published widely in national and international peer-review journals such as Journal of European Competition Law and Practice, Antitrust Bulletin, Legal Issues of Economic Integration and World Competition. Liza frequently reviews book manuscripts for Harvard University Press, Hart Publishing, Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press.
Liza regularly receives invitations to speak at national and international conferences concerning all aspects of competition law including data protection, platform accountability, big data and privacy. She is also involved in issues on Brexit and competition law. Some of her presentations have included addressing audiences at the House of Commons (2017), The Open Society Washington DC (2017), Antitrust Enforcement Symposium Oxford Center for Competition Law and Policy (2017), Which? London (2017), The White House Capitol Hill Washington DC (2016) and the European Commission (2016). In addition Liza has appeared before the House of Lords to give oral evidence in 2020, 2021 and 2022.
Liza was commissioned by the Department for Business, Energy, Innovation and Skills (BEIS) to compile a study on consumer empowerment across seven jurisdictions titled: 'Benchmarking the performance of the UK Framework supporting consumer empowerment through comparison against relevant international comparator countries.' Liza has been involved in a number of legal submissions to the European Commission and was involved in the European Commission's review of Article 82 EC (now Article 102 TFEU). She was instructed by the World Bank to assess newly adopted competition law regimes in developing countries.