Associate Professor






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The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Sha Tin, NT, Hong Kong SAR

Sandra Marco Colino is an Associate Professor. She specialises in competition law, merger control, the digital economy, technology law, EU law, telecommunications, and law & economics. She joined the Faculty in 2010 and is the Deputy Programme Director of the Master of Laws (LLM) in International Economic Law. She currently serves as Non-Governmental Advisor (NGA) to the International Competition Network, and sits on the Academic Board of the law firm Dictum and on the Scientific Committee of the European University Institute’s Centre for a Digital Society. She previously directed the Centre for Financial Regulation and Economic Development (CFRED), and the Summer Schools on EU Competition Law at the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium). Prior to moving to Hong Kong, she was a Lecturer at the University of Glasgow (UK).

Prof. Marco Colino holds a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence (Italy) and an LLM from the University Carlos III of Madrid (Spain). A qualified lawyer in Spain and a member of the Madrid Bar, she has worked as stagiaire at the European Commission (Belgium) and has trained in various Madrid law firms. She has been a Visiting Scholar at the University of Wisconsin – Madison (USA), the University of California – Berkeley (USA), the University of Melbourne (Australia), the University of Birmingham (UK) and the University of Glasgow. She is a member of the Academic Society for Competition Law (ASCOLA), a Fellow of the Transatlantic Technology Law Forum of Stanford University (USA), and an Associate Researcher at the Royal University Institute for European Studies in Madrid. In 2010 she founded the Communications Policy and Regulation Scholars Forum (CPRSF). She is the Hong Kong news correspondent to the European Competition Law Review, and an analyst for Agenda Pública.

Her award-winning research has been extensively published in leading peer-reviewed journals and US law reviews. She is the author of various books, including the textbook Competition Law of the EU and UK (Oxford University Press), now in its 8th edition, and the monograph Vertical Agreements and Competition Law (Hart). She is the Principal Investigator of three major research projects funded by Hong Kong’s Research Grants Council, and a member of two EU-funded Jean Monnet research networks. She was a founding member and the Deputy Director of the European Union Academic Programme in Hong Kong, a collaboration between four of the city’s leading universities co-funded by the European Union.

Prof. Marco Colino’s honours and recognitions include the Young Researcher Award (CUHK, 2021), the Award for High-Impact in Legal Scholarship (CUHK, 2020), the Academic Excellence Award (Global Competition Review, 2020), the Antitrust Writing Award (Concurrences, 2018), the award for best paper and presentation (Georgetown University’s Center for German and European Studies, 2004), and the Teaching Excellence Award (CUHK, 2017).


  • PhD (European University Institute, Florence)
  • LL.M. (Universidad Carlos III, Madrid)
  • Degree in Law (Universidad San Pablo CEU, Madrid)
  • Qualified lawyer (Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Madrid)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (University of Glasgow)


  • Nominee, Antitrust Writing Award (Institute for Competition Law) 2022
  • Winner, Young Researcher Award (CUHK) 2021
  • Nominee, Antitrust Writing Award (Institute for Competition Law) 2021
  • Nominee, Antitrust Compliance Award (Institute of Competition Law) 2021
  • Winner, Academic Excellence Award (Global Competition Review) 2020
  • Doble nominee, Antitrust Writing Award (Institute of Competition Law) 2019
  • Winner, Antitrust Writing Award (Institute of Competition Law) 2018
  • Winner, Teaching Excellence Award (CUHK) 2017
  • First runner-up, Antitrust Writing Awards (Institute of Competition Law) 2017
  • Nominee, Teaching Excellence Award (CUHK) 2016
  • Winner, GCES Award for Best Paper and Presentation (Georgetown University) 2004
  • Award for Academic Excellence (Universidad San Pablo CEU, Madrid) 1995


  • Scientific Committee Member, Centre for a Digital Society, European University Institute
  • Member of the Academic Board, Dictum Abogados
  • Member, East Asia Network on Competition Policy and Law (EANCP)
  • Member, Academic Society for Competition Law (ASCOLA)
  • Founder and Director, Communications Policy and Regulation Scholars Forum (CPRSF)
  • News correspondent (Hong Kong), European Competition Law Review
  • Analyst, Agenda Pública


  • Director, Summer Schools on EU Competition Law for Asian Officials, College of Europe, Bruges (2017-2022)
  • Deputy Director, Centre for Financial Regulation and Economic Development (CFRED) (2017-2021)
  • Co-Managing Editor, China Antitrust Law Journal (2016-2018)
  • Member, Academic Steering Committee, Antitrust Writing Awards (2017-2018)
  • Non-Governmental Advisor (NGA), International Competition Network (ICN) (2015-2018)
  • Director, Centre for Financial Regulation and Economic Development (2014-2017)
  • Deputy Director, European Union Academic Programme Hong Kong (2013-2016)
  • Lecturer in EU and Competition Law, University of Glasgow (2005-2010)
  • Section Editor (Asia-Pacific Region), Journal of Contemporary European Research (2010-2013)
  • Guest Professor, Instituto de Estudios Bursátiles, Madrid (2009-2011)
  • Assistant Editor, International Journal of Communications Law and Policy (2009-2011)
  • Tutor (Contract, Delict and Evidence), Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (2009-2010)


  • Business Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Competition Law
  • Contract Law
  • Economic Law
  • EU Law
  • Merger Control
  • Technology Law
  • Tort


Prof. Marco Colino is currently co-supervising the following Ph.D. theses:

  • OSASU, Osamede, Liberalization of the Nigerian Electricity Industry: The Difficult Transition from Monopoly to Market (expected 2021)
  • SU, Xueji, The Legal Framework of China-EU Economic Relations: A Normative Analysis in the Context of the Belt and Road Initiative and China’s Evolving Economic Diplomacy (expected 2021)
  • LI, Wan, Data Protection in the Big Data Industry (expected 2023)
  • TSEGA, Chimdessa Fekadu, The Harmonization of Intellectual Property Rights Protection Regimes within the African Continental Free Trade Area (expected 2023)

Previously, Prof. Marco Colino has co-supervised the following successful Ph.D. theses:

  • YIN, Bei, The Regulation of Cross‐Border M&As: a Perspective from the Goals of Competition Law of the People’s Republic of China (awarded a Ph.D. in 2016)
  • JEDLICKOVA, Barbora, The Law of Vertical Territorial and Price Restraints in the EU and in the USA: a Critical Analysis of Vertical Territorial and Price Restraints – an Argument against Legalization (awarded a Ph.D. in 2012)
  • HAO, Junqi (on exchange from China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing)






Chapters in edited collections


Book Reviews

  • ‘Non-Competition Interests in EU Antitrust Law’ by Or Brook, Modern Law Review (forthcoming 2023)
  • ‘Chinese State Owned Enterprises and EU Merger Control’ by Alexandr Svetlicinii, European Law Review (forthcoming 2022)
  • ‘EU Distribution Law’ by Joanna Goyder, European Law Review (2012)
  • The Institutional Structure of Antitrust Enforcement’ by Daniel Crane,  Antitrust Law and Policy Blog (2011)


Other Contributions


  • ‘Improving Cartel Detection and Deterrence in Hong Kong and China’ (Principal Investigator), General Research Fund, Research Grants Council (2019/22), HKD 397,500
  • ‘Improving Cartel Detection and Deterrence’ (Principal Investigator), Direct Grant, Chinese University of Hong Kong (2018/19), HKD 56,760
  • ‘Enhancing Competition and Innovation in Hong Kong’s Telecommunications Industry’ (Principal Investigator), Public Policy Research Scheme, Research Grants Council (2012/16), HKD 379,000
  • ‘Challenges for the Regulation of Communications in the 21st Century in France and Hong Kong’ (Principal Investigator), PROCORE – France / Hong Kong Joint Research Scheme, Research Grants Council (2011/12), quantity: HKD 106,600
  • ‘Emerging Challenges for the Regulation of Communications in the 21st Century’ (Principal Investigator), CUHK Direct Grant (2011/12), quantity: HKD 37,000
  • ‘Challenges in the Fight Against Cartels: Enhanced Efficiency, Best Practices and the Way Forward’ (Co-Investigator), Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (2016-19), quantity: EUR 25,000
  • ‘European Union Academic Programme in Hong Kong’ (Deputy Director and Co-Investigator), European Commission (2012/2016), quantity: EUR 950,000
  • ‘The Fight Against Hardcore Cartels in Spain’ (Co-Investigator), Spanish Ministry of Science and Education (2012/15), quantity: EUR 24,000
  • ‘Socio-legal Perspectives on the ‘Glocalised’ Gambling Industry’, Workshop Grant, Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law (2011)
  • ‘First Interdisciplinary Workshop on Communications Policy and Regulation’, Adam Smith Research Foundation Seedcorn Fund, University of Glasgow (2009/10), quantity: GBP 1,303
  • ‘International Conference on Competition Law’ at the University of Chongqing, British Universities’ China Committee grant (2008), quantity: GBP 737
  • Salvador de Madariaga grant for comparative research, Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2004)