Pinar Akman is a professor of law specializing in competition law at the University of Leeds, where she is also a director at the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence on Digital Governance. She has published widely in the area of competition law and economics, in particular on abuse of dominance, vertical restraints and competition in digital markets. Her publications include the sellout monograph The Concept of Abuse in EU Competition Law: Law and Economic Approaches alongside numerous peer-reviewed publications. She received a Philip Leverhulme Prize (Leverhulme Trust) for her research into competition law in the digital economy.
Pinar has presented her research in more than 20 countries around the world and advised and provided expertise to numerous organizations including the International Monetary Fund, European Parliament, House of Lords, Federal Trade Commission and World Economic Forum. She sits on the Scientific Committee of the Florence Competition Programme (European University Institute), the advisory board of the Computational Antitrust project at Codex (Stanford University) and the editorial board of World Competition, among others. She is a non-governmental advisor appointed by the United Kingdom and by Turkey at the International Competition Network.