Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Law

Competition and Regulation in Digital Markets

Date: 9 September 2016
Location: Moot Court Room, Liberty Building

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Against the backdrop of recent antitrust developments in the high technology sector the School of Law at the University of Leeds is convening a one-day international conference to discuss current and trending issues on competition and regulation in online and digital markets.

The conference will be organized by the Centre for Business Law and Practice at the School of Law and will bring together in a series of panels academics, industry representatives and government officials from multiple jurisdictions. The event aims to provide an informative and thought-provoking insight into the most significant challenges for competition and regulation in online and digital markets. It will do this by identifying and analysing new patterns and norms in relation to: market definition and market power; the interface of regulation and competition; vertical restraints; and goods and data in online markets.

The conference will comprise a keynote speech by Dr Andrea Coscelli, Acting Chief Executive, Competition and Markets Authority, and four panels on:

  • Market Definition and Market Power in Digital Markets
  • Regulation vs. Competition in Digital Markets
  • Vertical Restraints in Technology-Driven Markets
  • Goods and Data in Online Markets

The conference is generously sponsored by Addleshaw Goddard LLP, Eversheds LLP, and Google.

The conference is free but registration is required on Eventbrite

The University of Leeds School of Law is accredited by the Bar Standards Board to provide CPD for barristers at the Bar of England & Wales. This seminar is accredited with 7 CPD hours for barristers at the Bar of England & Wales. We are willing to confirm the attendance of solicitors for CPD purposes on their individual CPD records.

Location Details

Moot Court Room, Liberty Building, School of Law, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT (download map).  

There is limited car-parking available on campus on a first come, first serve basis.

If you require help with registration or finding us, please contact Antony Butcher (a.j.c.butcher@leeds.ac.uk). For any other questions please contact Professor Pinar Akman (p.akman@leeds.ac.uk).

09.30-09.40: Welcome from the Head of School, Professor Alastair Mullis

09.40-10.20: Keynote Speech: Dr Andrea Coscelli (Acting Chief Executive, Competition and Markets Authority)

10.20-11.50: Panel 1: Market Definition and Market Power in Digital Markets

Moderator: Professor Joan Loughrey (School of Law, University of Leeds)

  • Professor Pinar Akman (School of Law, University of Leeds): Market definition in online markets: Mission Impossible?
  • Andrew Byrne (Head of Public Policy for the UK & Ireland, Uber)
  • Geoffrey A. Manne (Executive Director, International Centre for Law and Economics): Competition policy’s ‘nostalgia’ problem: Market definition in the face of innovation and innovation in the face of static market definition
  • Dr Florence Thépot (Lecturer, School of Law, University of Glasgow): The input of multi-sided markets economics for the assessment of market power in digital markets

11.50-12.45: Lunch

12.45-14.15: Panel 2: Regulation vs. Competition in Digital Markets

Moderator: Dr Peter Whelan (Associate Professor, School of Law, University of Leeds)

  • Professor Damien Geradin (School of Law, Tilburg University): Uber, competition, and regulation
  • Dr Konstantinos Stylianou (Lecturer, School of Law, University of Leeds): Regulation and antitrust policy in the face of hypercompetition 
  • James Waterworth (Vice President for Europe, Computer & Communications Industry Association): The shape shifting duck: The challenges of regulating dynamic online markets 

14.15-14.30: Coffee

14.30-16.00: Panel 3: Goods and Data in Online Markets

Moderator: Professor Rita de la Feria (School of Law, University of Leeds)

  • Professor Michal Gal (Faculty of Law, University of Haifa): Algorithmic consumers
  • Bruce Kilpatrick (Partner, Addleshaw Goddard LLP):  The UK perspective: Can online data also be part of the solution?
  • Alfonso Lamadrid de Pablo (Principal Associate, Garrigues LLP): Big data: Do competition authorities know how to do it?
  • Dr Nicolo Zingales (Lecturer, School of Law, University of Sussex): Data markets and privacy harms

16.00-16.20: Coffee

16.20-17.50: Panel 4: Vertical Restraints in the Online World

Moderator: Dr Sarah Brown (Associate Professor, School of Law, University of Leeds)

  • Dr Avantika Chowdhury (Senior Consultant, Oxera): Vertical restraints: New evidence on the short and long-term impact
  • Adam Collinson (Partner, Eversheds LLP): Selective distribution: A cloak of respectability to disguise attempts to limit online price competition?
  • Professor Kai-Uwe Kühn (Centre for Competition Policy, University of East Anglia)
  • Professor Giorgio Monti (European University Institute): Shaping vertical restraints in digital markets

 17.50-18.00: Final Comments: Professor Pinar Akman (School of Law, University of Leeds)

The conference is generously sponsored by:

        

 

Below are photos taken from the event featuring some of the speakers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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