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Research initiatives

The Centre’s objective is to research original topics relating to collective action, with important practical implications, from a trans-disciplinary perspective

The Centre takes a Mode 2 perspective on knowledge production. For this reason, the organization of our activities is different than in traditional research centres.

Firstly, we choose the topics of our research in close collaboration with the world of practice (governments, International Organizations, law firms and economic consultancies, corporations, the civil society) and we integrate as much as possible the main actors from practice in our work.

Secondly, we have a flexible internal organization for each of these “research initiatives”, with specific teams from the Centre and/or practice working together, independently from the other projects of the Centre, to accomplish their research outcomes.

Thirdly, we take a broader perspective than traditional "law and economics" centres, experimenting with new approaches, bringing together the best of social science research (orthodox and heterodox) when exploring the impact of the legal system on the economy, technology and society.

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Competition Law and Development

Competition Law and Development engages with the diffusion of competition law in developing countries and the issues raised by integrating development aims in competition law

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Global Competition Law & Economics Series

Global Competition Law & Economic Series constitutes the flagship conference series of the Centre, providing a global perspective on competition law and policy

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Impact Assessments in Europe

Impact Assessments in Europe  explores the expansion of cost benefit analysis and impact assessment for the adoption of legal norms in Europe and beyond

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Social Media Unit (SMU)

Social Media Unit (SMU) aims to engage with the legal, economic and societal consequences of the development of social media

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Theory and History of Competition Law

Theory and History of Competition Law explores new theoretical approaches in competition law and engages with the history of the discipline

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Trust, Distrust and Economic Integration

Trust, Distrust and Economic Integration advances the "trust theory of integration" as a new approach in understanding the process of economic integration in Europe and beyond

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Economic and Econometric Evidence in Competition Law: An Empirical Perspective

Economic and Econometric Evidence in Competition Law: An Empirical Perspective critically engages with the use of economics and econometric techniques in competition law

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Digital Currencies, Digital Finance and the Constitution of a New Financial Order

Digital Currencies, Digital Finance and the Constitution of a New Financial Order explores the impact of the digital revolution on the financial and monetary systems