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UCL Centre for Law and Economics conference, 21 & 22 May 2010, Nicosia, Cyprus

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Friday, May 21, 2010 at 5:00 PM - Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 6:00 PM (EEST)

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The UCL Centre for Law and Economics would like to cordially invite to a

conference on competition law on 21 and 22 May 2010

in Cyprus.

Conference proceedings on 21 May 2010 will be on competition law and consumer protection and on 22 May 2010 on information exchange agreements.

Friday, 21 May 2010, Nicosia: Competition law and consumer protection

17:00 – 19:00 Session on Competition Law and Consumer Protection: A Unified Field?

The session will cover the interaction between competition law and unfair competition law, the role of behavioural law and economics and libertarian paternalism in enhancing the role of consumer protection agencies (e.g. confusopoly situations), jurisdictional issues: how is it possible to take into account competition concerns in consumer protection law and how strong are consumer protection objectives in competition law enforcement, the role of class actions in consumer protection and competition law: a comparative appraisal

Chair: Georgios Arestis, European Court of Justice

o       Ioannis Lianos, UCL

o       Paolisa Nebbia, Italian Competition Authority

o       Alison Oldale, UK Competition Commission

o       Jules Stuyck, University of Leuven


Saturday, May 22, 2010: Information exchange and competition law: a comparative perspective, Nicosia

10:00 – 11:30 The economics of information exchange in competition law

This session will discuss recent advances in the economics of information exchange agreements. The impact of behavioral law and economics on information exchange will be particularly analyzed as well as implications for competition policy in general.

Chair: tbc

o       Matthew Bennett, OFT

o       Kai Uwe Kuhn, Univ. Michigan

o       Jorge Padilla, LECG

o       Avishalom Tor, University of Haifa

o       Thibaut Vergé, French Competition Council


11:30 – 11:45  Coffee Break


11:45 – 13:15 Information Exchange: Current Law from a Compliance Perspective

The session will analyze the enforcement of competition law in the EU and some major jurisdictions concerning information exchange. Issues to be discussed in more detail from a compliance perspective would include:

o       Due diligence and exchange of information with competitors

o       B2B platforms and information exchange

o       Chinese walls in general

o       Trade associations: how not to be caught by EC competition law

o       Category management and the risk of collusion

o       Information exchange in mergers


Chair: Valentine Korah, UCL

o       Bernard Amory, Jones Day

o       Antonio Capobianco, OECD

o       John Kallaugher, Latham & Watkins

o       Robbert Snelders, Cleary Gottlieb


14:15 – 16:00 The Future of Information Exchange in Competition Law

This session will include a roundtable discussion on a retrospective and prospective of the enforcement of competition law to information exchange between competitors in the EU and several Member States. Part of the discussion will delve into the principles of the forthcoming EU Commission’s guidelines on horizontal cooperation agreements, which include a section on information exchange and some recent decisional practice in some Member States (in particular the UK and France).

Chair: Savvas Papasavvas, General Court of the EU

o       Matthew Bennett, OFT

o       Bill Kovacic, US Federal Trade Commission

o       Aleksandra Ossowska, European Commission, DG Comp

o       Thibaut Vergé, French Competition Council


16:00 – 16:15 Coffee Break


16:15 – 18:00 Specific Market Characteristics and Competition Law (Economies in Transition, Small Market Economies, Economies with an Important Informal Economy)

Chair: tbc

o       Michal Gal, University of Haifa

o       Assimakis Komninos, Hellenic Competition Commission

o       Bill Kovacic, US Federal Trade Commission

o       Petko Nikolov, Bulgarian Competition Authority




UCL CENTRE FOR LAW AND ECONOMICS: The Centre was founded with the objective of providing a stimulating environment to develop and promote interdisciplinary research in the area of Law & Economics - considering the field from a wide perspective beyond the 'classical' approach.

The Centre carries out a variety of activities in order to contribute to public discussion in the area. Amongst many others, they include the publication of the UCL L&E Working Paper Series and the organisations of seminar series and conferences in which speakers present their work to professionals, students and any other interested audience.

In addition, the Centre promotes specialised teaching in Law & Economics, providing a range of courses specifically dedicated to the field. It also supports major empirical and theoretical research projects, which include participants from different disciplines.

For more information, please visit: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/laws/economics/index.shtml


Have questions about UCL Centre for Law and Economics conference, 21 & 22 May 2010, Nicosia, Cyprus? Contact UCL Faculty of Laws Events

When & Where

Administration Centre, National Bank of Greece
Auditorium 15
Arch. Makarios III Avenue

Friday, May 21, 2010 at 5:00 PM - Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 6:00 PM (EEST)

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