Sep 15 2017
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Competition Law in a Global Context: Analysing the Trans-Atlantic Divide

Sep 15, 2017   12:00am ET   Leeds University

A growing number of companies operate on a global scale attracting the scrutiny of multiple competition law authorities around the world. As some of the largest and most developed antitrust jurisdictions in the world, the US and the EU are often looked upon as influential authorities on competition law standards and approaches. They do not always agree, but they are not necessarily as divergent as it is sometime suggested in the literature. This conference will discuss the relationship between the two jurisdictions.

To examine these issues the conference will bring together academics, practitioners, and regulators from the EU and the US. It will consist of four panels, one of which will be structured as a moderated conversation among current and former enforcers from the US and Europe:

  • Anticompetitive Agreements
  • A Conversation with Competition Law Enforcers
  • Objectives of Competition Law
  • Competition Law and IP

The conference will take place at the School of Law, University of Leeds from 9.15am until 5.15pm on 15 September 2017.

The conference is free but registration is required on Eventbrite.

This full-day conference is jointly organised and funded by the Centre for Business Law and Practice (CLBP) at the School of Law and the International Center for Law and Economics (ICLE) in Portland, OR, USA.

The CPBL is a leading research centre based at the School of Law, University of Leeds.  Its expertise includes corporate and financial law, commercial and consumer law and, competition/antitrust law. It is large and well-established, with over 20 academic members, half of which are professors. Its members have established international reputations in the broad field of business law, and in particular in corporate and financial law.

The International Center for Law & Economics (ICLE) is a nonprofit, non-partisan research center. Working with a roster of more than fifty academic affiliates and research centers from around the globe, ICLE develops and disseminates targeted academic output to build the intellectual foundation for rigorous, economically-grounded policy.

The conference will be preceded by Professor Pinar Akman’s Inaugural Lecture, which will take place at 5.00pm on 14 September 2017 at the School of Law, University of Leeds. Additional registration for the Inaugural Lecture is required; it can be done on a different Eventbrite page to that for the conference itself. To register for the Inaugural Lecture please click here.

The School of Law, University of Leeds is accredited by the Bar Standards Board to provide CPD for barristers at the Bar of England & Wales. The conference is accredited with 7 CPD hours for barristers at the Bar of England & Wales. We are willing to confirm the attendance of solicitors for CPD purposes on their individual CPD records.

Location Details

Moot Court Room, Liberty Building, School of Law, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT (download map).

There is limited car-parking available on campus on a first come, first serve basis.

If you require help with registration or finding us, please contact Ms Lucie Milner ([email protected]). For any other questions please contact Professor Peter Whelan ([email protected]).


Dr Hedvig Schmidt, University of Southampton – Fantastic Beasts and How to Deal with Them Under the Competition Rules

Professor Koren Wong-Ervin, Global Antitrust Institute – Standard-Essential Patent and FRAND: The International Landscape

Professor Salil Mehra, Temple University – Robo-Selling, Big Data and Antitrust’s Error-Cost Framework