Stephen Dnes

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Stephen Dnes is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Dundee. After legal education at Trinity College, University of Cambridge and the University of Virginia School of Law, where he held a Henry A. Hollond graduate studentship, Stephen started his career with a number of academic appointments working on an international research project into the reform of competition law litigation, and teaching competition law.

Following admission to the New York bar, Stephen developed a practice with leading international law firms in Brussels, London and New York, working on competition law projects before a range of regulators including the European Commission, the PRC Ministry of Commerce, the Swiss Competition Commission, the UK Competition and Markets Authority, the UK communications regulator OFCOM, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, sector-specific U.S. regulatory bodies, as well as courts and regulators in many other jurisdictions.

In addition to competition law projects, Stephen has assisted clients with financial regulatory matters before the U.S. federal courts, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and the New York Department of Financial Services. He has also worked on a number of international trade law cases before the European Commission and the World Trade Organization. While working on these cases, Stephen was named Antitrust and Trade Law Section Scholar by the International Bar Association, and was profiled by the International Committee of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law.

Since joining the University, Stephen has developed new courses in competition law and in the regulation of banking and finance. He directs the LL.M. in Banking and Finance Law, and convenes the Honours Level law courses.

Stephen has been asked to provide specialist competition law analysis to a range of public and private bodies in recent years. He acts as a Non-Governmental Advisor to the International Competition Network, is a member of the Competition Law Sub-committee of the Law Society of Scotland, and provides specialist competition law analysis to a number of international law firms. Most recently, Stephen was appointed as International Rapporteur by the International League of Competition Law. In this capacity, he will work with competition law specialists around the world to gather data on and make recommendations in relation to the application of competition law in the pharmaceutical sector, ahead of the League's 2016 Congress in Geneva.


Competition law

Banking and finance regulation

Economic analysis of law


Undergraduate: Competition law; Law of obligations

Postgraduate: Competition law; Banking and finance law


Dnes, S 2016,

'Object and effect: What role for structured evidence rules?' Competition Law Review, vol 11, no. 2, pp. 239-254.

Research output: Contribution To Journal

Dnes, S & Cowen, T 2016,

'Antitrust in the EU Digital Markets: A Case Study', pp. 13-21, CPI Antitrust Chronicle, Summer 2016,1 1 Competition Policy International , 17 July.

Research output: Contribution To Periodical

Dnes, S 2016,

'Review of Market and Competition Authorities: Good Agency Principles, by Annetje Ottow' Edinburgh Law Review, vol 20, no. 1, pp. 120-121. DOI:

Research output: Contribution To Journal

Blumenthal, W & Dnes, S 2014,

'The Accidental Conception of Multijurisdictional Merger Review' George Mason Law Review, vol 21, no. 5, pp. 1145-1169.

Research output: Contribution To Journal

Dnes, S 2013,

An Economic Approach to Remedies in Private Competition Law Claims. in M Danov, F Becker & P Beaumont (eds), Cross-Border EU Competition Law Actions. Hart Studies in Competition Law, vol. 4, Hart Publishing, Oxford, pp. 337-356.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology

Danov, M & Dnes, S 2013,

Cross-Border EU Competition LItigation: New evidence from England and Wales. in M Danov, F Becker & P Beaumont (eds), Cross-border EU Competition Law Actions. Hart Studies in Competition Law, vol. 4, Hart Publishing, Oxford, pp. 33-60.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology


'Young thinker' title for law lecturer Kirsteen

  • Published: 17/11/2011
  • Press clipping: Research

A Lecturer in Law at the University of Dundee has been named Scotland and Northern Ireland Young Thinker of the Year for 2011 for her ideas on how to 'rethink the recession'. Kirsteen Shields (28), originally from Glasgow, was awarded the title by the Young Scotland and Northern Ireland Programme, the organisation founded by the journalist Kenneth Roy. Kirsteen's pre…

Young Scientist Award for Dundee medical student

  • Published: 19/09/2013
  • Press clipping: Research

A final year medical student from the University of Dundee has received a Young Scientist Award at a prestigious medical conference in recognition of her outstanding work on the impact of antibiotic resistance worldwide and its implications for pneumonia patients. The European Respiratory Society made the award to Catriona Rother (24), originally from Edinburgh, at t…

Yes and No voters more alike than they might think, claims study

  • Published: 25/03/2015
  • Press clipping: Research

Will the oil price continue to fall?

  • Published: 10/01/2016
  • Press clipping: Other

Live interview on RT-TV Current News Today (Russian Television) "Will the oil price continue to fall?"

Will 2013 be seen as the international Year of Water law Cooperation?

  • Published: 02/07/2013
  • Press clipping: Research

2013 – the UN Year of Water Cooperation – is a big year for international water law. The UN Watercourses Convention, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1997, may well enter into force before 2014 – only five additional ratifications are required. In addition, the amendment to the UNECE Helsinki Convention, which would allow non-UNECE States to join, is likely to b…

Why you should make plans for digital death

  • Published: 13/02/2011
  • Press clipping: Research

The Sunday Post. Quotes from me appar in the 2/3 page article.

Why has oil gone under $50 per barrel?

  • Published: 21/08/2015
  • Press clipping: Other

Live interview on RT-TV Current News Today (Russian Television) "Why has oil gone under $50 per barrel?"  

Why crowds are good for you

  • Published: 18/10/2012
  • Press clipping: Research

Participation is important for well-being, according to scientists Being stuck in a crowd of a million people doesn’t sound like much fun, but according to the latest research, being with others - even during difficult conditions - can actually be good for well-being. The study, into the biggest religious festival on earth, the Magh Mela, suggests that participation …

WHO status for dental school unit

  • Published: 01/11/2004
  • Press clipping: Research

The Unit of Dental and Oral Health and Health Psychology at the Dental School has been designated a World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Public Health Issues on Congenital Anomalies and Technology Transfer. Professor Peter Mossey, has been appointed Head of the Centre. Since his arrival at the University in 1994, Peter has established a track reco…

What happens to a couple's digital life after break up?

  • Published: 24/02/2016
  • Press clipping: Research

During a romantic relationship, a couple is likely to create, accumulate and share many digital possessions such as videos, photos, chat histories, and shared accounts like Netflix. These digital possessions can cue precious memories, but if the relationship ends these possessions don't just disappear, they need to be dealt with in some way.  

WATCH: Stephen Fry congratulates Dundee academics for awards victories

  • Published: 13/01/2017
  • Press clipping: Research by Ciaran Sneddon January 13 2017, 3.25pm Updated: January 13 2017, 12.15pm Stephen Fry said he hopes to visit Dundee this year as he praised university academics for helping transform lives in Scotland and across the world. The writer and broad…

Vitamin D shown not to lower blood pressure in older adults with high blood pressure

  • Published: 12/08/2013
  • Press clipping: Research

Treatment with Vitamin D does not help reduce high blood pressure in older people, a new study from the University of Dundee has shown. Researchers in the School of Medicine examined the effects of Vitamin D supplements provided to patients aged 70 and over who had isolated systolic hypertension - the most common type of high blood pressure among older people. Previo…

Visitors to the Botanic Gardens can also now enjoy a science lesson, thanks to a new genetics garden.

  • Published: 29/10/2013
  • Press clipping: Other

Article and photo in The Courier

Viewpoint: A Macroscopic Tractor Beam with Acoustic Waves

  • Published: 30/04/2014
  • Press clipping: Research

Among the many examples of how science fiction and fantasy have inspired real science, an interesting one is the “tractor beam,” first conceived by the chemical engineer and writer Edward E. Smith in the 1930s in his novel Spacehounds of IPC. Smith’s hypothetical device was a beam capable of pulling any macroscopic object from a distance. In the case of a light beam,…

UUJ thank Professor

  • Published: 01/09/2014
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RTPI Northern Ireland PlaNIt

Utilización de floúr y decir adiós a los azúcares es el camino contra las caries (Using Fluoride and saying goodbye to sugar to protect against cavities)

  • Published: 09/04/2014
  • Press clipping: Other

La odontopediatra y especialista en Cariologia del Reino Unido, doctora Nicola Innes, fue invitada por la Facultad de Odontologia de la Ufro para dictar dos conferencias. (The pediatric dentist and specialist in the UK, Dr Nicola Innes, was invited by the Faculty of Dentistry of UFRO to deliver two lectures.)

Uptake of Smoking During Transition to Adulthood

  • Published: 21/04/2008
  • Press clipping: Research

Resaearch to explore the reasons why young people start smoking

Unnecessary ward moves - bad for patients, bad for healthcare systems

  • Published: 29/07/2013
  • Press clipping: Research

Unnecessary ward moves are becoming increasingly common and have adverse consequences both for patients and for hospitals, according to researchers from the University of Dundee. Professor Marion McMurdo and Dr Miles Witham have drawn attention to the practice of 'boarding' patients - moving individuals from their own base specialty ward to other wards to accommodate…

University of Dundee researcher awarded £1.9M to combat Parkinson's disease

  • Published: 16/07/2013
  • Press clipping: Research

A scientist at the Medical Research Council Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit (MRC-PPU) at the University of Dundee has been awarded almost £1.9M from the Wellcome Trust to investigate the causes of Parkinson's disease. Dr Miratul Muqit has been awarded a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship in Clinical Science to undertake research over the next 5…