exempted are ever anti-competitive in the first place. She asserts that 'there is widespread agreement that few vertical agreements restrict competition where markets are competitive'. With respect, there is also much widespread agreement to the contrary. The support for block exemptions as a matter of principle within and outside the Commission is not irrational. But this "'Little Yellow Book'" is not the work in which one would expect this debate to be argued. Perhaps a new edition of Professor Korah Competition Law of Britain and the Common Market would be timely?
Professor Korah has achieved much within the confines of an introductory guide. It is very much recommended for students of competition law, whether they be approaching the subject as lawyers or economists. The practice of providing a selective bibliography at the end of each chapter makes it an ideal teaching guide. Perhaps it is expecting too much of it that this guide alone will persuade the Commission to see the error of its ways. Commission officials have already been made forcibly aware of Professor Korah's criticisms at the many conferences over which she presides in her inimitable style. But as student text it will perform a valuable function in prompting students to analyse critically EC competition law and policy from the wider business perspective.
This concise collection of primary and secondary sources of EEC legislation is one in the series of Blackstone Statute Books, intended chiefly for the use of law students. It is a useful compilation in terms of its size, its clear and simple table of contents and alphabetical index, and its incorporation of relatively recent legislative proposals and developments.
Foster deliberately concentrates on what he perceives to be the core materials of a standard Community law syllabus, omitting those materials to which frequent reference is not likely to be made. The collection is divided into two parts: the first encompassing primary legislation and procedural material, the second covering secondary legislation from specific areas of substantive law. The selectivity on the substantive law side is explained in some detail in the preface: areas such as transport, company law, environment and health, economic and commercial policy, and foreign relations were omitted for reasons which range from their underdevelopment to their specialist nature, or their lack of definition. The charge is sometimes levelled at textbooks and collections of cases and materials, that they actually come to define the syllabus in a given area of law. Foster here, however, specifically invites comment as to whether some of the material he has omitted in fact deserves future inclusion.