Dr Peter Whelan presents his research in South Africa
On 6 October 2016, Dr Whelan presented a paper at the 10th Annual Competition Law, Economics and Policy Conference, which was co-organised by the Competition Commission of South Africa and the Competition Tribunal of South Africa.
The conference discussed the topic ‘the role of competition policy on economic growth’. As part of the debates on the topic, the conference also took stock of the effectiveness of competition enforcement in South Africa to date. It was attended by over 200 delegates and was held at the Lookout in the V & A Waterfront, Cape Town on 6 and 7 October 2016. During the conference the Competition Commission of South Africa signed two memoranda of understanding with the respective competition authorities of Russia and Kenya.
South Africa recently introduced criminal cartel sanctions in order to boost the effectiveness of its competition law regime. Dr Whelan’s paper addressed this particular development. It considered in particular whether the introduction of such sanctions could be justified in practice, as well as the challenges that such sanctions can present for criminalised jurisdictions such as South Africa.
For more information on the conference, please visit the 10th annual conference on competition law economics and policy website.