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Defining "governmental authority" in the Malaysian Competition Act 2010

Ahamat, Haniff and Abdul Rahman, Nasarudin (2014) Defining "governmental authority" in the Malaysian Competition Act 2010. In: 2014 IAITL Conference , 15th-17th October 2014, Lisboa, Portugal.

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This paper examines the concept of governmental authority which serves as one of grounds for excluding the application of the Malaysian Competition Act 2010. The concept is not defined in the 2010 Act. Thus this paper explores the methods that help determine that an activity is governmental hence it is subject to the Malaysian competition legislation. The methods identified so far are (1) the existing definition of “governmental authority” in competition legislation in selected jurisdictions including the EU, (2) the definition of governmental authority under the World Trade Organization (WTO)’s General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) and (3) the definition of governmental acts in the context of State immunity under international law. This paper hypothesises that the term governmental authority lacks an established definition at the moment but it has clearly demarcated paradigms that may allow meaning to be given in an objective way despite the need to give attention to the unique political, economic and social environments in Malaysia.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Full Paper)
Additional Information: 3742/40749
Uncontrolled Keywords: governmental authority, Malaysian Competition Act 2010
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
K Law > KPG Malaysia
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws
Depositing User: Dr Haniff Ahamat
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2015 15:08
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 15:08
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/40749

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