This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe MSCA programme under grant agreement No. 101061575 



COMPHACRISIS: The enforcement of EU Competition Law in the pharmaceutical sector: before, during, and after a health crisis (learning from the COVID-19 pandemic), HORIZON Europe-MSCA project, UCD School of Law, Ireland


COMPHACRISIS is carried out in line with the Pharmaceutical Strategy for Europe under the supervision of Professor Imelda Maher at University College Dublin (UCD). The main question of the research is: What are the significant differences between normal, crisis and post-crisis EU competition law and policy in the pharmaceutical sector? Analysing the normal enforcement of competition law, evaluating the crisis enforcement of competition law, exploring the significant consequences of the crisis policies in the post-pandemic law and designing an Effective Health Crisis Competition Law Framework are specific objectives of COMPAHCRISIS. The European Union competition law enforcement and three member states (Germany, Italy, and Ireland) are reviewed in COMPHACRISIS. COMPHACRISIS leads to a new approach to understanding the importance of competition law in the pharmaceutical sector during and after a crisis and influences European policymakers and legislators.


  • Sep 2023- Dec 2023, Co-Lecturing and Moderating in International Competition Law Module (with Professor Imelda Maher), (LAW40150) (Masters), UCD Sutherland School of Law, Dublin.
  • M. Hosseini, ‘Patents in the Pharmaceutical sector’,  Patent Law Around the World Symposium (invited by Professor Katharina Kaesling), Technische Universitat Dresden, Germany, December 2023.
  • M. Hosseini, ‘The evolution of competition law enforcement in the pharmaceutical sector’, Guest Lecture in International Competition Law module (invited by Professor Marek Martyniszyn), Queen’s University Belfast, the UK, December 2023.
  • M. Hosseini, 'Building Global Health Solidarity in a Permacrisis: Legal Impacts of a Pandemic Treaty' Irish Studies in International Affairs Journal, Royal Irish Academy, December 2023.
  • M. Hosseini and I. Maher, Competition Conversation (organising) , UCD Sutherland School of Law, 2022-2024.
  • M. Hosseini and I. Maher, COMPHACRISIS workshop (organising), UCD Sutherland School of Law, 29 September 2023.
  • M. Hosseini, ‘A competition law analysis on pharmaceutical excessive pricing: a case study of product hopping in Humira’, International Conference for the 25th Anniversary of the Biotechnology Directive, Maynooth University, 14-15 September 2023.
  • M. Hosseini, The EU's Vaccines Strategy and Competition Law: A Case Study of the COVID-19 Advance Purchase Agreements ,  UACES (University Association for Contemporary European Studies) Annual Conference, Queen's University Belfast, 3 -6 September 2023, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
  • M. Hosseini, Past, Present and Future of EU Competition Law Enforcement in the Pharmaceutical Sector: Learning from a Pandemic , ASCOLA 2023, 29 June-2 July 2023, Athens, Greece.
  • M. Hosseini, Exploring the evolution of EU competition law in the pharmaceutical sector: pandemic lessons, SLS 2023, 28 June 2023, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, England.
  • M. Hosseini, Marie SkÅ‚odowska-Curie Grant Writing Workshop organised by UCD Research for potential UCD applicants, (Invited Speaker), 6 June 2023, Dublin, Ireland.
  • M. Hosseini, Building global solidarity in a permacrisis: lessons learned from COVID-19 and future direction for a pandemic treaty,  Human In (Security) In An Unsettled World (RIA annual international affairs conference), Royal Irish Academy , Dublin, Ireland, 2 May 2023,
  • M. Hosseini, ‘Competition Law in the Tourism Sector’, Guest Lecture in Tourism and Law module (invited by Dr Carmen de Vivero de Porras, University of Málaga, Spain, May 2023.
  • M. Hosseini, COMPHACRISIS: the Story of a Grant, Work Smarter Together Conference, UCD Agile, March 2023,  (Slides).
  • M. Hosseini, COMPHACRISIS , Kick-off session, UCD Sutherland School of Law, Research Seminar Series, Nov 2022.
  • M. Hosseini, Marie SkÅ‚odowska-Curie Grant Writing Workshop organised by UCD Research for potential UCD applicants, (Invited Speaker),  September 2022, Dublin, Ireland.