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The twelfth edition of the Vidhi Book Adda series featured a discussion on ‘Competition Law in South Asia’ by Dr. Amber Darr on May 9th, 2023.


In the last twenty years, South Asian countries have increasingly engaged with modern competition legislation. Yet, apart from India and Pakistan, the countries in this region have had little success enforcing these laws.

Competition Law in South Asia analyses the mechanisms and institutions through which Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Pakistan, Maldives Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Afghanistan have engaged with modern competition legislation. The book argues that the success (or failure) of competition reform in these countries is inextricably linked to the unique interplay of mechanisms and legal and political institutions through which these countries have engaged with competition legislation.

The book provides an in-depth comparative analysis of the adoption and implementation continuum in India and Pakistan, the compatibility and legitimacy generated by the adoption process, and its impact on implementation. Taking a far-reaching, comparative approach, the book draws lessons not only for countries in South Asia but also for emerging economies across the globe.


  • DR. AMBER DARR,  Author of ‘Competition Law in South Asia’ published by Cambridge University Press, Lecturer, University of Manchester and Senior Research Fellow, UCL Centre for Law, Economics and Society, 
  • PROF. RAHUL SINGH, Associate Professor of Law, National Law School of India University,
  • MANJUSHREE RM, Senior Resident Fellow, Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy.

The Book Adda was held on May 9th, 2023 virtually on Zoom.

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