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Dr Matthew Cole

Senior Lecturer

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Matthew Cole is a Senior Lecturer and module convenor for Competition Law and Taxation Law. He also tutors on the European Union Law module. He joined Exeter University in 2016 from Cardiff University Law School.

He has particular interests in EU competition law, takeover regulation and the economic theories upon which they are based. He also has particular interests in the application of EU competition law to digital markets.

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 Dr Matthew Cole has research interests in law and economics, specifically:

  • Takeovers, innovation and productivity
  • The economic theory underpinning EU Competition Law
  • Ordoliberalism and its impact on EU competition law
  • The development of German competition law (Wettbewerbsrecht)
  • The digital economy
  • The aims and objectives of EU Competition Law

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  • Martínez-Vicente V, Clark JR, Corradi P, Aliani S, Arias M, Bochow M, Bonnery G, Cole M, Cózar A, Donnelly R. (2019) Measuring Marine Plastic Debris from Space: Initial Assessment of Observation Requirements, Remote Sensing, volume 11, no. 20, DOI:10.3390/rs11202443.
  • Cole M. (2019) Brexit: competition and State aid.
  • Cole M. (2019) Behavioural Economics and the Non-Frustration Rule: Accounting for Bias, Journal of Business, Entrepreneurship, and the Law.


  • Cole M. (2015) Ordoliberalism and its influence on EU tying law, ECLR: European Competition Law Review, volume 36(6), pages 255-262.


  • Cole M. (2013) Pharmaceuticals and competition: first strike to the Commission?, ECLR: European Competition Law Review, volume 34(5), pages 227-232.

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Modules taught

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Dr Matthew Cole studied the BVC and was called to the Bar in 2008. He then worked for two law firms as an advocate before returning to academia to study his masters in Cardiff University. After this he completed his doctorate, being funded by both a 125 Scholarship and an AHRC scholarship. In support of his doctoral research he was awarded an AHRC RTSG that allowed him to carry out a research visit to Universtät Freiburg, Germany. He then worked as lecturer in Cardiff University before moving to the University of Exeter. Since moving to Exeter he has undertaken leading research that has been published in top UK and European journals. He has also presented his research at international conferences and provided teaching at both UG and PG level. He is currently supervising a number of doctoral candidates.

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