Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Law

Contemporary Challenges in Competition Law

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Date and time:
15 May 2015, 09:30-18:00

Location:
Moot Court Room
The Liberty Building
School of Law
University of Leeds
Leeds
LS2 9JT

(Please use postcode LS6 1AN for Sat Nav's)

The Liberty Building is number 16 on the campus map.

Registration

The event is free to attend but pre-registration is required. Please visit Eventbrite to book your place.

For further information please contact Antony Butcher.

09:30 - 09:40- Welcome Address by Professor Alastair Mullis, Head of School, School of Law (University of Leeds)

09:40 - 10:20- Keynote Speech by Lord David Currie, Chairman of the Competition and Markets Authority

10:20 - 11:50- Contemporary Challenges in Enforcement of Competition Law

This session will consider important emerging issues in the enforcement of competition law, such as: the increasing use of commitment decisions by the European Commission; the global movement towards the criminalisation of competition law enforcement; and very recent (European) developments which have been aimed at encouraging more private enforcement of competition law.

Chair: Professor Joan Loughrey (University of Leeds)

Dr Peter Whelan (University of Leeds) ‘Section 47 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013: A Flawed Reform of the UK Cartel Offence’

Dr Niamh Dunne (King’s College London) ‘Challenge or convenience? Commitment decisions in EU competition law’

Dr Arianna Andreangeli (University of Edinburgh) ‘Private competition enforcement in the EU and UK--obstacles and incentives: issues of financing, collective actions and evidence gathering’

11:50 - 12:45- Lunch

12:45 - 14:15- Contemporary Challenges in the Practice of Competition Law and Economics

This session will focus on the view of the practitioners and enforcers of competition law and economics. Leading practitioners and enforcers will share their views on what they deem to be the emerging issues and challenges for competition law and economics in the coming years.

Chair: Professor Peter Moizer (Dean, Leeds University Business School)

Lord David Currie (Competition and Markets Authority)

Adam Aldred (Kings Chambers)

Dr Adrian Majumdar (RBB Economics)

Suzanne Rab (Serle Court)

Tom Sharpe QC (One Essex Court)

14:15 - 14:30: Coffee

14:30 - 16:00- Contemporary Challenges in Substantive Competition Law

This session will focus on problematic issues and challenges for substantive competition law. These issues relate either to new areas for the application of competition law or to recent formal applications of the law that have (problematic) implications going beyond particular cases. 

Chair: Professor Gerard McCormack (University of Leeds)

Professor Nicolas Petit (University of Liege) ‘Standard Essential Patents and Hold-Up Theory’

Professor Daniel Sokol (University of Florida) ‘Efficiencies in Merger Analysis’

Dr Pinar Akman (University of Leeds) ‘A Competition Law Assessment of Platform Most-Favoured-Customer Clauses’

16:00 - 16:20: Coffee

16:20 - 17:50- The Challenging Interplay between Competition and Regulation

The interplay between competition and regulation is an area where two of the major competition systems in the world (US and EU) adopt diametrically opposite approaches. Moreover, questions arise as to what should be regulated, what should be left to competition and what scope is left for competition and the application of competition law where there is sector specific regulation.

Chair: Dr Qi Zhou (University of Leeds)

Dr Oke Odudu (University of Cambridge) ‘Competition law and Public bodies: the NHS’

Dr Pablo Ibanez-Colomo (London School of Economics) ‘The Interaction between Competition Law and Sector-Specific Regulation: Main Issues and Challenges’

Dr Raphael Heffron (University of Leeds) ‘The Search for Competition in the EU Energy Sector’

17:50 - Concluding Remarks

 

This one-day conference focuses on the most important contemporary challenges in competition law. It will examine the most pressing and challenging issues of competition law presently and in the near future. It will consider some of the cutting-edge, most difficult topics of competition law and its enforcement. These are issues that competition law and economics, as they stand, struggle to resolve.

The contemporary challenges will be grouped around four themes: issues particularly relevant to the practice of competition law and economics; the enforcement of competition law; substantive issues in competition law; and the interplay between competition law and regulation.

The keynote speech will be delivered by Lord David Currie, Chairman of the Competition and Markets Authority. Lord Currie’s speech will be followed by presentations from leading academics and practitioners from Europe and the United States. These presentations will be grouped into four (90 minute) panel sessions, with each panel reflecting on one of the four above-mentioned themes.

The conference is organised under the auspices of the Centre for Business Law and Practice. It is generously funded by the School of Law and Leeds University Business School.

The event is free to attend but pre-registration is required. Please visit Eventbrite to book your place.

For further information please contact Antony Butcher.

Please find below a selection of presentations given at the conference.

Dr Niamh Dunne (King’s College London) ‘Challenge or convenience? Commitment decisions in EU competition law

Dr Arianna Andreangeli (University of Edinburgh) ‘Private competition enforcement in the EU and UK--obstacles and incentives: issues of financing, collective actions and evidence gathering

Adam Aldred (Kings Chambers) 'Contemporary Challenges in Practice of Competition Law'

Ethel Fonseca (RBB Economics) 'Contemporary Challenges in the Practice of Competition Law and Economics'

Professor Nicolas Petit (University of Liege) ‘Standard Essential Patents and Hold-Up Theory

Professor Daniel Sokol (University of Florida) ‘Efficiencies in Merger Analysis

Dr Pablo Ibanez-Colomo (London School of Economics) ‘The Interaction between Competition Law and Sector-Specific Regulation: Main Issues and Challenges

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