In the months September to December 2016, ACELG welcomes Zurab Gvelesiani, PhD fellow at the Central European University, Budapest, for a research stay in Amsterdam.
At ACELG, Zurab Gvelesiani will continue to pursue his doctoral reseach on the synergies and interdependence of competition and consumer laws, scrutinizing EU law in comparison with the legal transplant of Georgia. His research, which he has worked on since 2013, under the supervision of Prof. Caterina Sganga and Prof. Jules Stuyck, has been inspired by EU competition law developments of the last decade and by the recent re-introduction of competition law in Georgia within the context of the association agreement with EU, along with the abolishment of consumer rights protection law. He aims to demonstrate the vital importance of consumer law for effective competition policy and enforcement.
Zurab Gvelesiani holds a LLM degree in EU law from Stockholm University and a LLM degree in Jurisprudence from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. He has authored several articles and case studies and has contributed to a series of annual legal and business publications. Between 2011-2013 he was an invited lecturer at Tbilisi State University and later at Ilia State University, teaching courses in competition and business law. Moreover, he has almost a decade-long professional experience of working at various private and non-governmental organizations. Zurab Gvelesiani is a member of the Georgian Bar Association and has extensive experience of litigating before all the instances of the national judicial system.