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2017

The Digital Economy: Economics, Antitrust and Regulation

November 2017

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

Find out more on the UCL Faculty of Laws website

Multi-Sided Platforms: Business, Economics & Competition Policy

April 2017

2015

Regulation, antitrust and promotion of innovation? Challenges and experiences from communications to payment systems

March 2015

Speakers

  • David Evans, Global Economics Group / UCL
  • Steve Unger, Ofcom
  • Andrea Coscelli, CMA
  • Hannah Nixon, Payment Systems Regulator
  • John Fingleton, Fingleton Associates

Chair

  • Antonio Bavasso, UCL / Allen & Overy LLP

Accreditation: This event was accredited with 1.5 CPD hours by the SRA and BSB

About the talk

This panel discussion with some of the leading experts and regulators in this this area explored the theme of innovation in regulatory regimes and competition enforcement in sectors that are affected by a range of new business models. The panel discussed the international experience and compared lessons learned across different sectors from communications to payments.

It considered the possible benefits and harms posed by different types of innovation (unilateral, collaborative, "permissionless" innovation) and the challenges that regulators, market players and their advisers face in this area.

Speaker biographies and further details can be found on the event's website.

2012

Annual Jevons Institute Colloquium: The relationship between antitrust and regulation – concurrency, primacy and complementarity - lessons learned for policy making, judicial approach and institutional design

June 2012

Participants: 
Christian Ahlborn Linklaters LLP
Jon Baker American University / Compass Lexecon
Phil Burns Frontier Economics
Cristina Caffarra CRA
Rod Carlton Freshfield Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Andrea Coscelli Ofcom
Peter Davis Compass Lexecon / UCL
Maurits Dolmans Cleary Gottlieb
Brian Facey Blakes
Amelia Fletcher OFT
Kyriakos Fountoukakos Herbert Smith LLP
Mark Friend Allen & Overy LLP
Eliana Garces Tolon Cabinet of Commissioner Alumnia, DG Competition, European Commission
Paul Griffiths UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
Leigh Hancher Tilburg University
Claire Hart OFT
Valentine Korah UCL
Kai Uwe Kuhn DG Competition, European Commission
Ioannis Lianos UCL
Philip Marsden BIICL
Abel Mateus EBRD / UCL
Martin Merlin DG Internal Market and Services
Greg Olsen Clifford Chance
Pierre Regibeau Imperial College / CEPR / CRA
Rupert Steele Scottish Power
Jacques Steenberger Belgian Competition Authority
David Stewart Ofcom
Sarah Turnbull Ofcom
Tommaso Valletti Imperial College

2011

5th Annual Jevons in DC Colloquium: The Financial Services Industry – Systemic Risk, Consumer Protection and Competition

Participants included: 

  • Christian Ahlborn Partner, Linklaters
  • Antonio Bavasso Partner, Allen & Overy; Visiting Professor & Executive Director, UCL Jevons Institute
  • Howard Beales Professor, George Washington University
  • Charles Borden Partner , Allen & Overy
  • Julie Brill Commissioner Federal Trade Commission
  • Jeremiah Buckley Partner, Buckley Sandler
  • Cristina Caffarra Vice President Charles River Associates
  • Nadia Calvino Deputy Director General, DG- Internal Markets, European Commission
  • Rod Carlton Partner, Freshfields
  • H. Rodgin Cohen Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell
  • Paul Denis Partner, Dechert LLP
  • John Douglas Partner, Davis Polk
  • Douglas Elliott Fellow, Economic Studies Brookings Institution
  • David Evans Chairman, Global Economics Group; Visiting Professor and Executive Director of UCL Jevons Institute
  • Richard Feinstein Director, Bureau of Competition, Federal Trade Commission
  • Randall Guynn Partner, Davis Polk
  • Charles Harwood Deputy Director, Federal Trade Commission
  • Randall Kroszner Professor Booth School of Business, University of Chicago Former Governor, Federal Reserve Board
  • Kai-Uwe Kuhn Chief Economist, DG Competition, European Commission
  • Jon Leibowitz Chairman, Federal Trade Commision
  • Robert Litan Vice President , Kauffman Foundation
  • William Macleod Partner, Kelley Drye
  • Miguel Mano de la Chief Economist, Competition Commission
  • James Modrall Partner, Cleary Gottlieb
  • Eduardo Pérez Motta President, Federal Commission on Competition Mexico
  • Timothy Muris Partner, Kirkland & Ellis
  • Maureen Ohlhausen Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer
  • Roberto Pena Senior Trade Advisor Delegation of the European Union
  • Bob Penn Partner, Allen & Overy
  • Amanda Reeves Partner, Latham & Watkins
  • Andrew Sandler Partner, Buckley Sandler
  • David Silberman Director, Cards and Prepaid Markets Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • Peter Swire Professor, Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University
  • Heath Tarbert Partner, Weil Gotschal
  • Daniel Tarullo Governor, Federal Reserve Board
  • Sir John Vickers Chair, Independent Commission on Banking; Oxford University Dept of Economics
  • Stephen Williams Judge U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
  • Joshua D. Wright Professor, George Mason Law School
  • Todd Zywicki Professor, George Mason School of Law

Annual Jevons Institute Colloquium: Stability and Competition in Banking after the Financial Crisis

June 2011
Opened by Sir John Vickers (ICB) and followed by a panel debate with Gert-Jan Koopman (DG Competition, European Commission), John Fingleton (OFT), Prof. Charles Goodhard (LSE), Vicky Pryce (FTI), Abel Mateus (New University of Lisbon), Clive Maxwell (OFT)

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2010

4th Annual Jevons in DC Colloquium: Digital Media - Intersections among Antitrust, Consumer Protection and Regulation

This roundtable foccused on three related topics:
• antitrust, mergers and digital media
• online advertising, privacy, and consumer protection
• the intersections between antitrust, regulation, consumer protection, and copyright


Annual Jevons Institute Colloquium: Competition in Digital Media and the Internet - The Related Roles of Antitrust, Consumer Protection, and Regulation


Cartel Sactions and the Balance of Optimal Enforcement

February 2010

  • Judge Douglas Ginsburg (US Court of Appeal for the DC Circuit)
  • John Fingleton (Office of Fair Trading)
  • Ewoud Sakkers (Head of Cartels, DG Comp., European Commission)
  • Chaired by Sir Christopher Bellamy QC
  • Accredited with 2 CPD hour by the SRA and Bar Standards Board

About this event:
Use of cartel sanctions and the effectiveness of public and private enforcement against cartels is coming under renewed scrutiny. Some of the issues that are being considered in Europe include: enhanced penalties for recidivism, full waivers for leniency applicants who are also ringleaders, co-operation outside the leniency process, the role of private damages and the issue of parent-company liability. The issue of criminal sanctions is being considered at national level.

The incoming Commissioner Almunia and DG Comp will have to tackle all these issues in the coming months. These themes have implications also national level for both national authorities and courts, particularly in the UK where private damages are taking off and cartelists can be exposed to criminal prosecutions.

Judge Douglas Ginsburg of US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit will discuss some of those issues from a US and international perspective and the Jevons Forum will include contributions from John Fingleton of the OFT, Ewatt Sakker of the European Commission and a judge from the newly-renamed EU General Court. Sir Christopher Bellamy a former CFI judge and President of the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal will chair the debate.


Judges Training Programme

September 2009 and February 2010

Advanced Training for Judges in Competition Law and Economics 
The Jevons/IDEI training programme is designed to provide advanced training in competition law and economics for judges who have (or may have) to adjudicate on private competition litigation or commercial disputes with a competition law dimension. The participants will be introduced to key concepts of competition law and applied economics and will be trained to analyse in depth themes that are central to modern judicial enforcement of competition law. Most seminars within the programme will be led by two teachers, a lawyer and an economist with experience in competition law enforcement. The faculty comprises acting and former national judges and members of the European and US judiciary as well as internationally recognized scholars and senior competition authority officials.


A Roundtable on UK Reform of the Competition Law Regime

January 2010

Participants: 

  • Christian Ahlborn, Linklaters LLP
  • Antonio Bavasso UCL and Allen & Overy LLP
  • Sir Christopher Bellamy QC, Linklaters LLP
  • Oliver Bretz, Clifford Chance LLP
  • Cristina Caffarra, Charles River Associates
  • Laura Carstensen, Competition Commission
  • Sarah Chambers, BIS
  • Andrea Coscelli, Ofcom
  • John Fingleton, Office of Fair Trading
  • James Flynn QC, Brick Court Chambers
  • Peter Freeman QC, Competition Commission
  • Hugh Hollman, Federal Trade Commission
  • Bernadette Kelly, BIS
  • William Kovacic, Federal Trade Commission
  • Bruno Lassere, Autorité de la concurrence
  • Ioannis Lianos UCL
  • Dorothy Livingston, Herbert Smith LLP
  • Philip Marsden, British Institute of International & Comparative Law / OFT
  • Nigel Parr, Ashurst
  • Vicky Price, FTI Consulting
  • Simon Pritchard, Allen & Overy LLP
  • Vivien Rose QC, CAT
  • Jacques Steenbergen, Belgian Competition Authority
  • Polly Weitzman, Ofcom

2009

Vertical Restraints in EC Competition Law: New Dynamics

October 2009

Conference organised by the Centre for Law and Governance in Europe in October 2009.

One and a half day conference with a a full programme of speakers including: 
Philip Lowe (DG, European Commission)
Philip Collins (Chairman, OFT)
Sir Christopher Bellamy (Linklaters LLP)
Judge Nicholas Forwood (European Court of First Instance) and others

About this conference
The reform of EC competition law on vertical restraints has marked the beginning of the process of transformation of EC competition law in the late 1990s, in particular because of the adoption of a more compatible to neoclassical economic theory approach. Almost ten years since the adoption of Regulation 2790/99 and the vertical restraints guidelines, the European Commission has initiated a revision process and has published some proposals at this respect. The aim of this conference would be (a) to understand the process of the reform of EC competition law on verticals, (b) to provide some useful comparative insights, by looking to the most recent developments in US antitrust law on verticals as well as the most recent competition law practice in some Member States’ and selected jurisdictions and (c) to critically assess the proposals of the European Commission, by confronting them to recent economic theory and to legal practice.

The event explores:

  • General aspects of the reform of Vertical Restraints
  • A retrospective and prospective of the vertical restraints reform
  • Internet distribution and vertical restraints
  • Tying/bundling
  • Resale Price Maintenance
  • Exclusive territories and parallel trade
  • Vertical restraints and the rise of retailer power: competition law and alternatives
  • Vertical restraints in national competition laws and international convergence

The Jevons Institute for Competition Law and Economics held a Roundtable: Behavioral Economics, Consumer Protection and Antitrust, in Washington, D.C. on September 30, 2009  The event, organized by Professors Antonio Bavasso and David S. Evans, was chaired by Judge Douglas Ginsburg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The 25 participants included top officials from the European Commission, Federal Trade Commission, U.S. Department of Justice, other competition authorities, judges, academics, and practitioners.

During the five-hour program, the participants discussed behavioral economics which examines how individuals and firms actually behave rather than assuming they behave rationally. Behavioral economics has already been applied to consumer protection where for example some have advocated that consumers be “nudged” to make decisions that are in their best interest but which they might not otherwise take.  

The participants, most of whom are antitrust specialists, also discussed whether and to what extent behavioral economics was relevant to antitrust.  The discussion continued over a dinner hosted by Dominick Chilcott, Deputy Head of Mission of the British Embassy. This was the third annual Jevons Roundtable in DC.


Fourth Annual Colloquium on Antitrust and Regulation: The Role of Behavioural Economics in Consumer Protection and Competition Law

Introduction to Behavioural Economics

Panel discussion on the role of behavioural economics on competition and consumer protection enforcement

Panelists:

  • Miguel de la Mano, Deputy Chief Economist, DG Comp, European Commission
  • Amelia Fletcher, Chief Economist, Office of Fair Trading. Download Slide: 
  • Alison Oldale, Chief Economist, Competition Commission
  • Eliana Garces-Tolon, Member of Commissioner Cabinet, DG Sanco, European Commission

A judicial perspective:

2008

Antitrust and Regulation Forum: The Financial Crisis and its implications for State Aid and Competition Policy

The financial crisis is having a deep impact on the regulatory landscape worldwide and is calling into question a number of established principles of economic governance in general as well as the role of the State in the economy.  Against this backdrop the Jevons Institute for Competition Law and Economics has decided to dedicate its annual forum to the consequences of the financial crisis on the role of competition law and State aid rules.  We have assembled leading academics and head of competition authorities to debate this topic.  Together they will discuss the policy implications of the current crisis, the role of the European Commission as the guardian of competition State aid rules at EU-level, and the role of national competition authorities. 

Chair: 
John Fingleton, Chief Executive, Office of Fair Trading

Speakers:

Accreditation: 2 CPD hours, Solicitors Regulatory Authority and Bar Standards Board


Competition Law in a Global Context Lecture Series: One size fits all: competition laws and enforcement around world

Speaker:
Professor Abel Mateus, former First President of Portuguese Competition Authority
Competition laws and institutions are almost the same around the 100 plus countries that have adopted them. What is the importance of competition for development? Is the model being exported around the world an efficient institutional arrangement to promote development and fairness for consumers? How competition policy interacts with the political system and ways to improve its enforcement with different levels of institutional development? Competition policy, interest groups and corruption.


Competition Law in a Global Context Lecture: Parallel imports of pharmaceuticals and EC competition law after Sot. Lélos kai Sia (Case C-468/06)

The recent judgment of the European Court of Justice in Sot. Lélos kai Sia (Case C-468/06) is the latest and most important development in the GlaxoSmithKline saga of cases on restrictions to parallel imports of pharmaceuticals and the application of EC competition law. The two speakers represented opposing parties in the legal proceedings at the European and the national level in this case. They will discuss their take on the ECJ's position (and the possible outcome in pending cases) as well as the implications of this judgment on the pharma industry and on the future of parallel imports in Europe in general. 

Speakers:
Dr. Assimakis Komninos, Senior Associate, White & Case, Brussels and Visiting research fellow, Centre for Law and Governance in Europe, UCL
Dr. José Luis Buendía Partner, Garrigues Brussels and Professor of European Law, Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB)

Discussant: 
Dr Christopher Stothers
UCL Institute of Brand and Innovation Law, and Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP


Closed Roundtable: The Role of the Judiciary in the Enforcement of the Antitrust Laws: Experiences in the United States and European Community

The Jevons Institute for Competition Law and Economics held a Roundtable: The Role of the Judiciary in the Enforcement of the Antitrust Laws: Experiences in the United States and European Community, in Washington, D.C. in October 2008.  The event, organized by Professors Antonio Bavasso and David S. Evans, was chaired by Judge Douglas Ginsburg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Judge Nicholas Forwood of the European Court of First Instance.  The 30 participants included top officials from the European Commission, Federal Trade Commission, U.S. Department of Justice, other competition authorities, judges, academics, and practitioners. During the three-hour program, the participants discussed the role of the judiciary in analyzing cartels, abuse of dominance, and merger reviews.  The discussion continued over a dinner hosted by Dominick Chilcott, Deputy Head of Mission of the British Embassy, and concluded with remarks by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.


Competition Law in a Global Context Lecture: The European Competition Network - is it efficient? And the rule of law?

Speaker:
Professor Abel Mateus, former First President of Portuguese Competition Authority
The major reform of 2004 introduced a decentralized system for competition enforcement in the EU. How does it operate? What are its strengths and weaknesses? How to improve its efficiency in operational? Can it survive over the long term in terms of granting a level-playing field to enterprises and consumers in the EU?


Antitrust and Regulation Colloquium 2008: The Role of Guildelines and Precedents in Antitrust Law

Chaired by Bo Vesterdorf, former President of the Court of First Instance – Distinguished Judicial Scholar UCL

Speakers
Ben Smulders, European Commission
Judge Nicholas Forwood QC, Judge, Court of First Instance
John Fingleton¸ Chief Executive, Office of Fair Trading
Sir Gerald Barling QC, President, Competition Appeal Tribunal

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Antitrust and Regulation Forum 2008: Private enforcement in antitrust law: UK, EU and US perspectives

Chaired by Sir Christopher Bellamy QC
Speakers
Ali Nikpay, Office of Fair Trading - Senior Director of Advisory, Policy and International 
Chief Judge Douglas Ginsburg, U.S. Court of Appeal for the DC Circuit 
André Bouquet, European Commission, Legal Services
Vincent Smith, Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll LLP

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2007

1st Annual Jevons in DC Colloquium: Convergence and Divergence in Transatlantic Antitrust Enforcement

Participants included: 
Christian Ahlborn, Linklaters
Joseph Angland, Heller Ehrman LLP
Jonathan Baker, American University, Washington College of Law
Thomas O. Barnett, U.S. Department of Justice
Antonio Bavasso, UCL and Allen & Overy
Dennis W. Carlton, U.S. Department of Justice
Peter Davis, U.K. Competition Commission
David S. Evans, UCL and LECG
Nicholas James Forwood, European Court of First Instance
Eleanor M. Fox, New York University, School of Law
Lawrence R. Fullerton, Sidley Austin LLP
Andrew Gavil, Howard University School of Law
Douglas H. Ginsburg, U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit
Edward Hanneberry, Heller Ehrman LLP
Renata Hesse, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Keith Hylton, Boston University, School of Law
Richard Liebeskind, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Paul R. Michel, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Ali Nikpay, U.K. Office of Fair Trading
Greg Olson, Clifford Chance
Robert Pitofsky, Georgetown University Law Center
Michael Reynolds, Allen & Overy
J. Thomas Rosch, U.S. Federal Trade Commission
Jeffrey Schmidt, U.S. Federal Trade Commission
Kevin Sullivan, King & Spalding LLP
Randolph Tritell, U.S. Federal Trade Commission
Gregory J. Werden, U.S. Department of Justice


Debate on the Implications of the Microsoft Judgement

The Court of First Instance's Microsoft judgement of 17 September is a landmark decision that will influence European antitrust enforcement for years to come.

The Jevons Institute at University College London is organising a debate on 1 November to discuss the judgment based on a considerate evaluation of all the nuances and implications of a complex case.

The event will be chaired by Chief Judge Douglas Ginsburg, US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and Distinguished Judicial Visitor at the Faculty of Laws, UCL.

Speakers include:
Sir John Vickers, Oxford University and Former Chairman, Office of Fair Trading
R. Hewitt Pate, Former Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust, U.S. Dept. of Justice; Head, Hunton & Williams Global Competition Practice Group
Daniel Beard, Monckton Chambers
Anthony Whelan, European Commission - Commissioner Kroes Cabinet
James Flynn QC, Brick Court Chambers
Kelyn Bacon, Brick Court Chambers
John Fingleton, Chief Executive, Office of Fair Trading

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The Reform of EC and Greek Competition Law

A joint conference with:
Athens Bar Association, 
Athens University of Economics & Business 
Institute of Studies in Competition Law and Policy (IMEDIPA) 
Jevons Institute of Competition Law and Economics (UCL) 
Centre for Law and Governance in Europe (UCL)

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Antitrust and Intellectual Property

The relationship between intellectual property rights, antitrust and regulation continues to give rise to controversial policy issues and presents a number of challenges for antitrust enforcers, business, and advisers. A number of important judgments, antitrust decisions and regulatory initiatives have been taken in this area and more are forthcoming fuelling the policy and academic debate.

The Jevons Institute 2007 Colloquium will focus specifically on two areas that are at forefront of this debate:

  • the use of IP rights in standard setting organisations and the scope of Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory licensing obligations
  • the use and abuse of IP rights in the pharmaceutical sector striking a regulatory balance between rewarding innovation and preventing harmful practices (including issues such as excessive pricing, parallel imports, and patent misuse)

In the spirit of the aims of the Jevons Institute these themes will be analysed from both an economic and legal perspective.


Antitrust and Regulation Forum: Economic Analysis of Competition Practices in the EU and the US: A View from Chief Economists

Forum Moderator:

  • Amelia Fletcher, Chief Economist, Office of Fair Trading

Speakers:

  • Damien Neven, Chief Economist, European Commission
  • Dennis Carlton, Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Michael Salinger, Chief Economist , Federal Trade Commission

2006

Antitrust and Regulation Series Debate: "Is there a need for an EU Competition Tribunal?

Speakers:
Bo Vesterdorf
President, Court of First Instance of the European Communities
Sir Christopher Bellamy QC
President, Competition Appeal Tribunal
Frédéric Jenny
Cour de Cassation, Paris; Visiting Professor, University College London
Anthony Whelan


Jevons Institute / OFT Half-Day Economics Conference

This half-day conference will present three forthcoming Office of Fair Trading Economic Discussion Papers:

Cooperation between Purchasers
Adrian Majumdar, RBB Economics
Markets characterised by bidding processes
Dan Maldoom, DotEcon
The Cost of Inappropriate Interventions/Non Interventions under Article 82
Paolo Buccirossi, LEAR

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UCL Annual Antitrust and Regulation Forum 2006

The second edition in focused on the reform of EC State aid with a keynote speech by Philip Lowe (Director General of DG Comp), and comments by Mathias Dewatripont of Université Libre de Bruxelles and Frédéric Jenny of the French Cour de Cassation and Visiting Professor at UCL. 


Colloquia on Antitrust and Regulation

View the Colloquium materials and presentations from the 2006, Competition Policy for Two-Sided Industries.

2005

UCL Annual Antitrust and Regulation Forum 2005

Chief Judge Douglas Ginsburg of DC Court of Appeals and President Bo Vesterdorf of the European Court of First Instance focused on judicial review in EC and US antitrust law. 
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