Centre for Law, Economics and Society (CLES)


18 October
Recent Developments in US Competition Law and IP Rights

20 October
Transformations of Competition Law

29 November
The Digital Economy: Economics, Antitrust and Regulation

To view past events, please go to the events pages.


Contact Us

For general enquiries, please contact:

laws.research [at] ucl.ac.uk
+44 (0)20 3108 8484

For research project enquiries, please contact:

Professor Ioannis Lianos
+44 (0)20 3108 8346
i.lianos [at] ucl.ac.uk


Forthcoming events are listed below. Past events can be viewed here.

Wednesday 18 October 2017, 09:00 - 19:00

Recent Developments in US Competition Law and IP Rights

Organised by the UCL Centre for Law, Economics and Society

Taught by
Professor Herbert Hovenkamp,
James G. Dinan University Professor, Penn Law School and Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania

About the course
This one day course will be divided into two sessions. Students may register for either the morning session, the afternoon session, or both.

Recent Developments in US Competition Law
Morning – 09:00 to 13:00

US Competition Law and IP Rights
Afternoon = 13:15 to 19:00

About the course:
The morning session will be devoted to recent developments across several areas of United States antitrust law, including:

  • monopolization (abuse of dominance);
  • anticompetitive pricing and discounting practices;
  • predatory product innovation;
  • cartels and joint ventures;
  • vertical restraints; and
  • antitrust federalism.

Some attention will also be given to recent debates about the “new structuralism,” considering whether competition law should pursue industries simply because they are dominated by too few firms, or the firms within them have become too large.

The afternoon session will be devoted to the interaction between competition law and intellectual property rights, focusing mainly on U.S. law. In the modern knowledge economy undertakings develop a number of strategies to expand their IP rights portfolio and achieve competitive advantages by employing their IP rights in order to exclude competitors or raise their costs, and charge higher prices to consumers. Competition law and IP law disputes are interconnected, as recent litigation in the pharmaceutical sector and the recent patent wars in the IT sector illustrate. Particular topics to be covered will include:

  • exclusionary practices involving patents, and particularly unpracticed patents;
  • patent ties and related practices;
  • recent developments in the law of patent and copyright exhaustion (first sale doctrine);
  • antitrust in the pharmaceutical sector, including pay-for-delay settlements and product-hopping

Readings will consist mainly of judicial decisions from United States federal courts, plus a small amount of secondary material.

Course Schedule

Morning Session:
08:30 Registration
09:00 Course begins
11:00 Break
11:15 Course resumes
13:15 Course ends for morning participants only / Lunch for Full day participants


Afternoon Session:
13:15 Lunch for full day and afternoon participants
14:00 Afternoon course starts
16:00 break
16:15 Course resumes
17:45 Break
18:00 Course resumes
19:00 Course ends

Visit the event page for more information and to register for the course.

Friday 20 October 2017, 09:00 - 18:00

Transformations of Competition Law

This one-day conference is co-organized by the Centre for Law, Economics and Society at UCL and the Global Competition Law Centre at the College of Europe, Bruges

The conference is convened by:

  • Professor Ioannis Lianos, UCL
  • Dr. Damien Gerard, College of Europe & Université Catholique de Louvain.

About the conference:

The conference will explore the “liminal conditions of modern competition law” (Lianos, 2017), in particular the various transformations that are taking place globally and may affect the direction of the competition law enterprise. Four transformations emerge as being particularly challenging for mainstream competition law doctrine. The conference will therefore be divided into four panels dealing with each of these areas:

  • The political dimension of competition law: protectionism and populism, free trader and globalism
  • The financialisation challenge: common and joint ownership
  • Technological transformations and the emergence of a new competition law
  • “Social” and “Green” capitalism: towards a social and green antitrust?

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dennis Davis (Competition Appeal Court of South Africa & University of Cape Town)
  • Carles Esteva-Mosso (European Commission)
  • Amelia Fletcher (FCA & University of East Anglia)
  • Michal Gal (University of Haifa)
  • Damien Geradin (Tilburg University & UCL)
  • Damien Gerard (College of Europe & Université Catholique de Louvain)
  • Herbert Hovenkamp (University of Pennsylvania Law School & Warton School of Business)
  • Alexey Ivanov (HSE/Skolkovo Institute for Law and Development)
  • Dimitry Katalevsky (HSE/Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology)
  • Suzanne Kingston (University College Dublin)
  • Ioannis Kokkoris (CCLS, Queen Mary University of London)
  • Assimakis Komninos (White & Case & UCL)
  • Ioannis Lianos (UCL)
  • Bjorn Lundqvist (Stockholm University)
  • Barry Lynn (New America)
  • Oke Odudu (University of Oxford)
  • Sir Peter Roth (Competition Appeal Tribunal)
  • Maarten Pieter Schinkel (University of Amsterdam)
  • Maurice Stucke (UT College of Law)
  • Mike Walker (Competition and Markets Authority)
  • Tim Wu (Columbia Law School)

Visit the event page for more information and to register for the conference.

Wednesday 29 November 2017, 13:00 - 18:00

The Digital Economy: Economics, Antitrust and Regulation

A 4-hour CPD course

Speaker: Professor David Evans (UCL / University of Chicago)
Organised by the Jevons Institute for Competition Law and Economics and the UCL Centre for Law, Economics and Society

Timings: Registration from 1pm, course starts at 1.30pm and ends at 6pm.

About the course:
The digital economy has grown vast and now reaches almost every aspect of our lives. Whether consumer, business, or regulator we interact with Internet-based businesses constantly. It is also undergoing a massive transformation, with accompanying disruption, as the PC-web-browser centric ecosystem shifts to a mobile-app-centric ecosystem. That transformation has resulted in the “sharing economy,” the “gig-economy”, and the “app-economy” to use some of phrases that dominate today’s conversations.

This course will cover the unique business models followed by Internet-based companies; explore the changes in market structure that has taken place in the last few years as a result of the move to mobile; and consider some of the key competition policy and regulatory issues being debated today.

The course will consist of twelve short segments:

  1. overview;
  2. technological forces;
  3. economic forces;
  4. wires, towers, and physical stuff;
  5. software platforms, APIs, and apps;
  6. desktop/browser-mobile/app transition
  7. economics of free;
  8. ad-support platforms and attention markets;
  9. marketplaces and online retail;
  10. gig and sharing platforms;
  11. voice-activated and artificial intelligence platforms
  12. privacy and data

Each segment will include an application to competition and regulatory policy for the digital economy using examples from the US, EU, and China.

The course will draw extensively on examples of competition policy cases involving the digital economy from the US, EU, and China and these will be included in each segment.

Who should attend:
The course is mainly designed for professionals familiar with competition policy and sectoral regulation (lawyers, economists, and officials) but should also be informative for anyone who works for, invests in, must interact with digital economy businesses.

Visit the event page for more information and to register for the course.

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