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Book Chapter


The number of countries that have implemented competition law has risen significantly in the past two decades. More than half of such countries enacted competition laws within the 1990-1999 period - the decade of extensive economic reforms. The drafting of competition laws in these countries benefitied from the experiences of some of hte more developed countries or communities such as the United States, Japan, Germany and the European Community. There is, in fact, a discernable legal lineage in the competition laws of some countries (Table 1). For example, Thailand, in drafting its competition law, borrowed from South Korea which, in turn, was influenced by the competition laws of Japan and Germany. It is well known that both Japan and Germany implemented their competition laws during the occupation period by the United States.