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Call for Papers – CLaSF Workshop: The Fundamentals of Competition Law

Call For Papers

The Competition Law Scholars Forum (CLaSF) and Centre for European Legal Studies, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge

invite contributions to a Workshop on

The Fundamentals of Competition Law

at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom on 16 April 2020

The Competition Law Scholars Forum (CLaSF) will be running its XXXIV workshop on 16 April 2020, at the Centre for European Legal Studies, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge. The workshop is on the broad theme of “The Fundamentals of Competition Law.” We invite abstract paper proposals from researchers, scholars, practitioners and policy-makers in relation to any issue within this broad theme. We welcome theoretical, economics-driven, practice-based or policy-focused papers, and we are interested in receiving abstracts for papers which may be focused on perspectives or experience at national, regional (eg EU), or international levels, or a combination.

The aim of the workshop is to discuss fundamental concepts that we rely on in competition law. We are seeking to examine issues in competition law, long since considered settled, that are currently being or ought to be re-examined. For example, though we proscribe certain “agreements” or “concerted practices” do we still have faith in our understanding of what it means to “agree” or “concert” and how these concepts are distinct from “independent action” in an increasingly connected and inter-connected world? Though we have a method of assessment that varies depending on whether we are seeking to identify a restriction “by object” or “by effect” are we sure of what is meant? Is the “rule of reason”, long a staple of competition law discussion, dead? If so, have all the concerns that were advanced by that doctrine died with it? Or have they been relocated or re-emerged elsewhere? Dominance now dominates—but what is dominance, how does it manifest itself, and does our conception of “abuse” capture new modes of exercising “dominance”? Though looking at how firms conduct themselves in the “market”, are our techniques for identifying a “market” sufficiently attuned to address modern day concerns? Have we agreed that consumer welfare is our mission and do we have a shared conception of consumer welfare? We have long thought of consumers as capable—now we hear of the vulnerable consumer. How does the substantive law and enforcement practice respond to this changed perception of the supposed beneficiary of competition law?

The Workshop will consist of a mix of invited speakers and contributions chosen following this call for papers. Any person interested in being considered on the basis of the call for papers at the workshop is asked to contact Professor Barry Rodger at barry.j.rodger@strath.ac.uk. An abstract is required of approximately 500-1,000 words, to be submitted by no later than 3 February 2020, and decisions on successful submissions will be taken by 17 February 2020. Submission of presentation/draft paper is also required a week prior to the workshop.

Papers presented at the conference can be submitted to the Competition Law Review editorial board with a view to being published in the Review. Note that the Review is a fully refereed scholarly law journal: submission does not guarantee publication.

CLaSF Workshop ‘Antitrust at the Intersection of Law and Economics’

Programme

The Competition Law Scholars Forum (CLaSF) and
the Institute of Corporate and International Commercial Law of the University of Graz

“Antitrust at the Intersection of Law and Economics”

at the University of Graz (Austria) on Thursday, 19 April 2018.

Venue: Graz Law Faculty, Universitätsstraße 15, Building Part A, 2nd Floor

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Workshop: Competition Law and Enforcement Priorities

UCD Sutherland School of Law - Business, Law and Regulation Research Group (BLREG) Seminar
UCD Sutherland School of Law – CLaSF Workshop

The Competition Law Scholars Forum (CLaSF) and UCD Sutherland School of Law (BLREG)

 

At UCD Sutherland School of Law (Belfield, Dublin 4) on Friday, 16 September 2016

 

PROGRAMME

 

09:30 – 10.00: Registration

10.00: Introduction – Prof Barry Rodger (CLaSF), Mary Catherine Lucey (UCD BLREG)

10.10-10.45

Keynote Speaker – Professor William E. Kovacic, George Washington University Law School
‘Prioritization, Project Selection and Agency Effectiveness’

 

10.45-11.15 Coffee

 

11.15-12.15

Prioritisation and Article 102 – Chair: Patrick Kenny, Member CCPC

‘Enforcement priorities Paper on Article 102 TFEU: Is a Title Enough to Overtake Constitutional Rules and Fundamental Rule-Of-Law Principles?’,
Konstantinos Sidiropoulos, DPhil Candidate, Oxford University;

‘Far Beyond Meaningless: the non-enforcement of exploitative excessive prices’,
Carmen Rodilla Marti, PhD Candidate, University of Valencia

 

12.15-13:15

Prioritising Enforcement: Commitments and State aid complaints – Chair: Professor Barry Rodger

‘Commitments: Guidance for a New Enforcement Style’,
Stavros Makis, PhD Candidate, Department of Law, EUI, Florence;

‘Prioritisation in state aid control: Filtering out “unwanted” complaints’
Oskar Van Maren, The Asser Institute, the Hague

 

13:15-14:30 LUNCH

 

14:30- 15.45

Priorities in Enforcement: A Global and EU Perspective – Chair: Judge John Cooke

‘Goals, Values and Priorities of Competition Agencies: A View from Practice Around the World’
Dr Julian Nowag, Lund University, Sweden, and CCLP, & Dr Maria Ioannidou, QMU London and CCLP.

‘The Actual Role of Boosting the EU Competition Law Enforcement powers of NCAs: In Need of a Reframed Formula’
Catalin S. Rusu, Associate Professor of European law, Radboud University, Nijmegen

‘Implications Of Competition Law Enforcement In The Electricity Sector: Comparative Analysis Of The UK And US’
Francisca Kusi-Appiah, PhD Candidate – CEPMLP University of Dundee

 

15.45-16:00 Coffee Break

 

16:00-17:10

Enforcement priorities in Scotland and Ireland – Chair: Angus MacCulloch,

‘Is There a case for a Scottish Competition Authority? Contrasting Old, New and Regional Competition Enforcement Priorities in large, small and regional EU Economies’
Aiste Slezeviciute, PhD candidate, Edinburgh Law School, and Solicitor, S and W, Edinburgh and Zeno Frediani, Solicitor, S and W

‘An Analytical Review of the Choices/priorities made by Ireland’s Competition Authority/Competition and Consumer Protection Commission 1991-2016’
Dr Vincent Power, Partner, A & L Goodbody, Dublin

 

17:10-17:30 Closing Address: Dr John Temple Lang

17:30 Closing remarks
Professor Imelda Maher MRIA, Sutherland Professor of European Law UCD Sutherland School of Law, &  Prof Barry Rodger (ClaSF)

17.45Taxis to Central Dublin for bar/restaurant for speakers and participants