UCL Faculty of Laws


Climate Change, Sustainability and Competition Law

05 December 2019, 1:30 pm–2:30 pm

Climate Change, sustainability and competition law

A UCL Centre for Law, Economics & Society lunchtime lecture

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UCL Faculty of Laws, Bentham House, Endsleigh Gardens

A lunch time talk organised by the UCL Centre for Law, Economics & Society


Simon Holmes, Judge at the UK's Competition Appeal Tribunal, legal advisor to the environmental NGO ClientEarth; Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Competition Law and Policy, University of Oxford and Associate Member of the UCL Centre for Law, Economics and Society 

About this event

We face a Climate Emergency in which “business as usual” is not an option and in which a rapid move to more sustainable development is vital.Is competition law a barrier to this? If so, need it be and what can we do about it?This lecture will argue that the fashionable focus on a narrow so-called “consumer welfare” straight jacket is not only not the correct legal approach but is wrong from both an economic and moral perspective. Changes to the law may be desirable but even without that we can use our existing legal and economic tools to (a) minimise the extent to which competition law is a barrier to meeting vital sustainability goals; and (b)contribute positively to them.Climate Change is an existential threat. Competition law must be part of the solution and not part of the problem.

Download a useful background paper here:  https://www.law.ox.ac.uk/sites/files/oxlaw/simon_holmes.pdf

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