Henry Abbott is currently a policy officer in the European Commission Directorate-General for Competition, dealing with matters related to the ‘European Competition Network’ and to private enforcement of EU competition law.
Before joining DG Competition in 2023, he worked for three years in the European Commission Directorate-General for Trade, dealing with dispute settlement and legal aspects of trade policy. Among other things, he worked on reform of the World Trade Organization’s dispute settlement system and on trade negotiations with the United Kingdom.
Before that, he assisted and advised the European Commission Hearing Officers for competition proceedings for over six years. His role focused on safeguarding the effective exercise of procedural rights in antitrust and merger-control procedures before the European Commission Directorate-General for Competition.
From 2004 to 2013, he was a legal secretary (‘référendaire‘) at the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg, where he worked on a wide variety of EU law matters, including several landmark competition cases.
Previously, he worked in private legal practice in Brussels and London, primarily in competition law. Prior to joining the law firm concerned, he completed a traineeship in the Directorate-General for Competition.
Henry obtained his primary law degree from University College, Dublin and pursued his post-graduate studies and professional training at King’s College, London, King’s Inns, Dublin, and the College of Law of England and Wales, London.