Have We Exceeded the Limits of Antitrust?
October 26-27, 2018
This annual international competition law conference is co-hosted by ICLE and the Centre for Business Law and Practice at the University of Leeds, UK. The purpose of the event is to provide a platform for scholars, regulators, and practitioners from both sides of the Atlantic to exchange views and develop their thinking on important aspects of competition law. Information about last year’s event can be found here.
The theme is the modern relevance and future direction of “Chicago School antitrust,” and an assessment of the growing opposition to it.
In addition to an assessment of the influence of the Chicago School and related economic movements on antitrust, the event will address the scope of antitrust on both sides of the Atlantic; the contours of the consumer welfare standard (and whether it differs in the US and the EU); the growing “populist antitrust” movement to imbue competition policy with broader, social objectives; and the relationship between all of these and the modern, platform economy.
The panels are expected to cover topics such as:
ANTITRUST POPULISM: What are the limits of antitrust? Can (and should) antitrust address inequality, privacy, labor standards, localization, and similar issues?
THE CONSUMER WELFARE STANDARD: What does the CWS mean?: EU vs. US Perspectives. How can/should the CWS be reformed?: Process vs. substance.
ANTITRUST VS. OTHER SOURCES OF COMPETITION REGULATION: Do we need a “platform” regulator? A “privacy” regulator? What are the effects of the growing global convergence of telecom and antitrust regulation?
COMPETITION REGULATION IN POLITICAL/INSTITUTIONAL CONTEXT: What are the roles of courts, legislatures, agencies, and constitutions in defining the limits of antitrust? Is the de-politicization of competition regulation through institutional reform possible? Is it desirable?
ANTITRUST, INDUSTRIAL POLICY & INTERNATIONAL TRADE: When does antitrust enforcement become de facto implementation of industrial policy? What are the implications for international trade of the incorporation of IP policy, national security, and the like into antitrust enforcement decisions?
Further information about speakers and CLE credit is forthcoming.
This event is made possible through the co-sponsorship of