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Challenges to the assumptions at the basis of Competition Law


Challenges to the assumptions at the basis of Competition Law

14th ASCOLA Conference



Thursday June 27, 2019

(Amphithéâtre Favoreu, Espace Cassin)

1:00-2:00 pm : Ascola Board Meeting (members of the board only)
(Salle G.CAS, Espace Cassin)

1:30 : Registration and coffee
(Hall, Espace Cassin)

2:00 : Welcome
Michal Gal, ASCOLA Chair
David Bosco, Aix-Marseille University
Mathias Pigeat, French Competition Authority


Teaching Competition Law

Moderator : Michal Gal (Haifa)

Panelists : Simonetta Vezzoso, Trento
William E. Kovacic, George Washington University
Spencer Weber Waller, Loyola
Rupprecht Pozdun, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
Juliana Oliveira Domingues, University of Sao Paolo


Plenary Panel I

Panel Chair : David Bosco (Aix-Marseille University)

3:00 : Attention and the Law
John M. Newman, Miami University

Polycentric Competition Law
Ioannis Lianos, University College London

History, Learning, and Policy Implementation : The Case of Competition Policy
William E. Kovacic, George Washington University

4:15 : Coffee break


Breakout Sessions I


4:45 : Panel 1 - Competition law in the digital environment

(Salle 1.02- Portalis)

Panel chair : Thomas Cheng, University of Hong Kong

Let the Customer Decide ! Taking Back Control from Ecosystems and Gatekeepers – An Exploration of the Value of Decentralised Decision-Making for Markets
Rupprecht Podszun, Dusseldorf

Manipulation of Information as an Antitrust Infringement
Margherita Colangelo & Mariateresa Maggiolino, University of Roma

Competitive Risks in the Sharing Economy and European Union Market Regulation
Andrés Boix-Palop, Universitat de Valencia


4:45 : Panel 2 - Mergers

(Salle 1.03- Portalis)

Panel chair : Bjorn Lundqvist, Stockholm

Remedies in Data-Related Merger Cases
Jörg Hoffmann and German Johannsen, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition

Dow/DuPont : Another Step Towards a Proper Assessment Concept of Innovation Effects of Mergers
Wolfgang Kerber, Marburg
and Simonetta Vezzoso, UniTrento Digital University

Non-Economic Aspects in Merger Control : Public Interest Considerations in Europe and Germany
Oliver Budzinski and Annika Stör, Ilmenau

Merger Control in China's Digital Economy : Challenges and Prospects
Yajie Gao, Queen Mary University of London


4:45 : Panel 3 - Big Data, Data Rights and Competition Law

(Salle 1.18- Portalis)

Panel chair : Ioannis Lianos, University College London

Data Sharing and Interoperability : Fostering Innovation and Competition Through APIs
Oscar Borgogno, Turin
Giuseppe Colangelo, Basilicata

The Role of Competition Law, Data Portability and Regulation in Framing the Access to Digital Resources in Connected Mobility and Other Market Sectors
Peter Georg Picht, Vienna

Data Misuse and the Interplay Between Competition, Privacy and Consumer Protection : An Overview of the Recent Italian and German Cases
Giulia Ferrari, Bocconi


4:45 : Panel 4 - Competition Law and the Digital Environment II

(Salle 1.17 – Portalis)

Panel chair : Rafael Amaro, Paris Descartes University

Experimentalist EU Antitrust and Digital Competition
Stavros Makris, SciencePo and EUI Firenze
Alexandre Ruiz Feases, University College London

Assessing Data-Driven Market Power in the Digital Agriculture Sector : An Analysis of the Bayer/Monsanto Decision and a Comparison with Online Platforms - Does One Size Fit All ?
Can Atik, Tilburg

Conscious Parallelism in Digital Markets Optics
Jan Kupcik


4:45 : Panel 5 - Globalization and Competition Law

(Salle G.CAS, Espace Cassin)

Panel chair : William E. Kovacic, George Washington University

Influence in the International Competition Network : Who Seeks It, How Do They Do This and Why ?
Chris Townley, Maria Tavares and Mattia Guidi, King's College London

Using Trade Tools to Counteract Anticompetitive Conduct Within Global Value Chains : Competition Chapters in Trade Agreements
Galyna Kostiukevych, Columbia University

Levelling the Playing Field : Time to Reconsider the Treatment of China's State-Owned Undertakings in EU Competition Law ?
Alexandr Svetlicinii, Macau

Changing Global Dynamics and International Competition Law : Considering China's Potential Impact
Wendy Ng, Melbourne

6:30 : Expert Panel - Current Economic Challenges at the basis of Competition Law
Jorge Padilla, Lexecon
and Giacomo Calzolari, EUI Firenze

7:15 : Welcome reception
(Salle des Actes & Patio)

8:15 pm : End


Friday June 28, 2019

(Amphithéâtre Favoreu, Espace Cassin)


8:00 : Breakfast (Hall, Espace Cassin)


Breakout sessions II


9:00 : Panel 6 - Competition law and New Technologies

(Salle 1.02 – Portalis)

Panel chair : Wolfgang Kerber, Philipps University Marburg

Collusion by Blockchain and Smart Contracts
Thibault Schrepel, Utrecht & Harvard

Antitrust Implications of 3D Printing
Michal S. Gal, Haifa

Antitrust Without Markets
Salil K. Mehra, Temple

Net Neutrality and Disruptive Innovation : Challenging the Conventional Antitrust Discourse
Oles Andriychuk, Strathclyde

Consumer Sovereignty and the Need for Personalised Antitrust
Inge Graef, Tilburg


9:00 : Panel 7 - Remedies and Private Actions

(Salle 1.03 – Portalis)

Panel chair : Dennis Davis

Has EU Competition Law Lost its Bite ? A Hard Look on How “Soft” Enforcement Undermined the Basic Conventions and Goals of EU Competition Law
Or Brook, Leeds

Against Whom Can Damages for Competition Law Infringements Be Claimed ?
Sofia Oliveira Pais & Catarina Vieira Peres, Universidade Catolica Portuguesa

Debarment, Self-Cleaning and Leniency : Friends or Foes ?
Penelope Alexia Giosa, East Anglia

The Evidential Effect of Commitment Decisions in Damage Claims. What's the Assumptive Value of a Pledge ?
Eugenio Olmedo-Peralta, Malaga

Finding the Equilibrium and Convergence between the Dominating Public Enforcement and Private Enforcement of Competition Law. The Damage Directive is not Enough
Malgorzata Kozak, Utrecht


9:00 : Panel 8 - Platforms and Ownership

(Salle 1.17 – Portalis)

Panel chair : Fabiana Di Porto, University of Salento

Ohio v. Amex and Antitrust in Multi-sided Markets : A Multi-layered Approach To Relevant Markets in Two-sided Transaction Platforms
Caio Mario Da Silva Pereira Neto, Sao Paulo
and Filipo Maria Lancieri, Chicago

The Evolving Conception of the Firm and the Future of the Public Policy and Competition Law Interaction
Julian Nowag, University of Lund

Cooperation, Dependence and Eviction
Frédéric Marty, CNRS and Precepta

Competition as a process : is it really an alternative standard for antitrust policy
Francesco Ducci, University of Toronto


9:00 : Panel 9 - Agreements in Restraint of Trade

(Salle 1.18 – Portalis)

Panel chair : Valeria Falce, European University of Rome

A Consumer Behavioral Approach to Resale Price Maintenance
Thomas Cheng, University of Hong Kong

RPM is Not Generally Benign : Challenging the “Economic Consensus” on the Economic Effects of Resale Price Maintenance
Melanie Ariane Schwaderer, University of Erfurt

Competition Law Uncertainty and The Weight of Intent in Article 101 TFEU Assessment – The Case of Hub-and-Spoke Exchanges of Information
Patrick Actis Perinetto, Roma

Cartels Little Helpers : A Comparative Study of the Case Law Regarding the Facilitators of Collusion in South America
Andres Calderon, Universidad del Pacifico


9:00 : Panel 10 - European Competition Law Developments

(Salle G.CAS, Espace Cassin)

Panel chair : Rupprecht Podzun, Heinrich Heine University

The More Economic Approach and its Divergent Manifestations in EU Antitrust and State Aid Law'
Peter Thalmann, University of Vienna

A Case – Study of Hungary and its Implications for EU Law
Kati J. Cseres, University of Amsterdam

The European Court of Justice and the More Economic Approach to EU Competition Law – Is the Tide Turning ?
Anne C. Witt, University of Leicester

Modern Economic Theory' or 'Back to the Stone Age' ? The Role of the European Courts in Article 102 Adjudication
Kathryn McMahon, University of Warwick

11:00 : Coffee break

(Hall, Espace Cassin)


11:30 : Plenary Panel II

Panel chair : Josef Drexl, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition

Openness and Integrity in Modern Antitrust
Stavros Makris, University College London

Digital Conglomerates and EU Competition Policy
Alexandre de Streel, Telecom Paris Tech ; University of Namur

No Alarms and Many Surprises : Salience as a Basis for Excessive Pricing Intervention in an Antitrust Context
Omar Vasquez Duque (Stanford

Data-sharing in IoT Ecosystems from a Competition Law Perspective : The Example of Connected Cars
Wolfgang Kerber, Philipps University Marburg


1:00 pm : Lunch (Grand Hall, Bâtiment Pouillon)


Breakout sessions III


2:00 pm : Panel 11 - Goals of Competition Law

(Salle 1.17 – Portalis)

Panel chair : Michal Gal, Haifa

The Role of Media Pluralism in the Enforcement of EU Competition Law
Konstantina Bania

A Genealogy of Antitrust as Public Interest Law, 1890-1980
Dina I. Waked, Sciences Po

Unpicking Hipster Antitrust (or, The Goals of Antitrust Redux)
Niamh Dunne, London School of Economics

Aiding Small Businesses in the Name of Plurality : Towards a Liberal Defense
Giacomo Tagiuri, Bocconi

Antitrust Populism Conceptualized
Aurelien Portuese, George Mason


2:00 pm : Panel 12 - Competition Law in Developing Economies

(Salle 1.02 – Portalis)

Panel chair : Juliana Oliveira Domingues, Brazil

Market Power and Entry Analysis in Developing Countries
Francisco Beneke, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition

Transplants and Commonalities Among Latin American Countries
Claudia Patricia O'Kane, Utah

Why Should the Competition Council be Independent ?
Rachid El Bazzim, University Hassan 1er Morroco

Metering Antitrust Authorities : How Performance Measurement is Implemented in the Americas
Juan David Gutiérrez, Blavatnik School of Government


2:00 pm : Panel 13 - Dominant Firm Conduct

(Salle 1.03 – Portalis)

Panel chair : Valeria Falce, European University of Rome

Challenging the Fundamentals of Exclusivity : Substantial Foreclosure as a Competitive Safeguard
Ittai Paldor, Hebrew University

What Can We Learn About the Application of the As Efficient Competitor Test in Fidelity Rebate Cases from the Recent US Case Law ?
Miroslava Marinova, Reading

Stricter Unilateral Conduct Laws : Innovative Responses to Gaps in the Competition Law Framework ?
Victoria Daskalova, Twente

Technological Tying : Unbundling the Assumptions
Stephen Dnes


2:00 pm : Panel 14 - Algorithms in Competition Law

(Salle 1.18 – Portalis)

Panel chair : Ioannis Lianos, University College London

Remedies for Algorithmic Collusion
Francisco Beneke and Mark-Oliver Mackenrodt, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition

The Application of Current Antitrust Law to Explicit Collusion by Autonomously Acting Pricing Algorithms
Ina Fey

Scrutinizing individual-level market power
Nicolo Zingales, Sussex

Revaluing the Role of Intent Evidence in Antitrust Law
Jan Blockx, Antwerp


2:00 pm : Panel 15 - Institutions and Procedures

(Salle G.CAS, Espace Cassin)

Panel chair : Frédéric Marty, Nice University

The Role of Judges in Antitrust
Paul Nihoul, UCLouvain

Competition Authorities as Inimicus Curiae ? Friends or Enemies of Courts in Private Antitrust Claims
Francisco Marcos, IE Law School

Competition Authorities as Inimicus Curiae ? Friends or Enemies of Courts in Private Antitrust Claims

China's Competition Enforcement Institutions : A Failure of Design
Mark Williams, University of Melbourne

The Control Over the Discretional Power of European Competition Authorities : Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes ?
Carmen Rodilla Marti, Valencia

4:00 : Coffee break

(Hall, Espace Cassin)


4:30 : Plenary Panel III

Panel chair : Paul Nihoul, Louvain

Exclusionary Conduct in Data-Driven Markets : Limitations of Data Sharing Remedy
Vikas Kathuria and Jure Globocnik, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition

Excessive Data Collection : Privacy Considerations and Abuse of Dominance in the Era of Big Data
Viktoria H. S. E. Robertson, University of Graz

The Antitrust Dystopia : The Case of Big Data Competition
Dirk Auer & Geoffrey Manne, Liege Competition and Innovation Institute ; International Center for Law & Economics


5:45-6:30 pm : General Assembly of all ASCOLA Members

Presentation of 2020 conference by Sofia Pais, Porto

7:30-10:00 pm : Dinner - L'Orangerie restaurant - Aquabella hotel
(partly funded by ASCOLA)

Keynote : Why Has Antitrust Law Failed Workers ? The Problem of Labor Monopsony
Eric Posner, Chicago

Best Junior Paper and Special ASCOLA Contribution Awards


Saturday June 29, 2019

(Amphithéâtre Favoreu, Espace Cassin)


8:00 : Breakfast

(Hall, Espace Cassin)


Breakout Sessions IV


9:00 : Panel 16 - General Challenges to Current Enforcement

(Salle 1.17 – Portalis)

Panel chair : Peter Picht, Vienna

Incentivizing Competition Compliance
Michael Ristaniemi, University of Turku

Paradigms for Competitive Neutrality : Interrogating Law and Policy
Deborah Healey, University of New South Wales

On the Development of (Not So) New Competition Systems – Findings from an Empirical Study
Jasminka Pecotic Kaufman, Zagreb

Cultural Capture of Competition Policy by Business Interests
Jan Broulik, Jean Monnet Center


9:00 : Panel 17 - Exploitative Abuses

(Salle 1.18 – Portalis)

Panel chair : Francisco Marcos, IE Law School

What is “Fair” and “Reasonable” ? Lessons on the Concept of FRAND From EU Competition Policy and Electronic Communications Regulation
Marco Botta, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition
Alexandre de Streel, Namour

Reconfiguring Exploitative Abuses for Digital Markets
Miriam C. Buiten, Universitat Mannheim

Platform Dependence and Exploitation
Sangyun Lee and Jan Schißler, Korean University

Excessive Pricing in a Multisided Platform : The Turkish Competition Authority's Sahibinden.com Decision
Zeynep Ayata, Koç University

Commercial Subsidiaries of Public Entities and the Limits of EU Competition Law
Jasper P. Sluijs, University of Utrecht


9:00 : Panel 18 - Challenging Competition Law Assumptions

(Salle 1.03 – Portalis)

Panel chair : Mariateresa Maggiolino, Bocconi

Market Power and the Paradigm of Competition
George Raitt, Monash

On Presumptions, Premises and Proxies in EU Competition Enforcement
Andriani Kalintiri, University of London

Assumptions, Presumptions, and Inferferences in Competition Law Enforcement
Claudio Lombardi, KIMEP University

Revisiting the Japanese Enforcement System : Challenging Norms and Orthodoxy
Masako Wakui, Osaka City University
Johnathan Galloway, Newcastle University

Best Price Guarantee : Examining the Effect of Harms to Competition
Sih Yuliana Wahyuningtyas, University of Java


9:00 : Panel 19 - Goals of Competition Law

(Salle G.CAS, Espace Cassin)

Panel chair : David Bosco, Aix-Marseille University

The Antitrust F Word : Fairness Considerations in Competition Law
Sandra Marco Colino, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Competition and Democracy – An Analytical Framework
Elias Deutscher, University of East Anglia

Goals and Purposes of Competition Law : What Does the Data Say ?
Konstantinos Stylianou, Leeds
Marios Iacovides, Stockholm

Multiple Goals of Competition Law and their Achievement from Comparative Perspective of Chinese, German and European Law
Xiaomin Fang, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Classifying Information as 'Commons' as a Tool to Enable Fairness as a Goal of Antitrust
Beata Mäihiäniemi, University of Helsinki


9:00 : Panel 20 - The Intersection of Competition Law and Other Policies

(Salle 1.02 – Portalis)

Panel chair : Josef Drexl, Max Planck Institute for Competition and Innovation

Access to Account (XS2A) Rule in the Payment Service Market : A Competition Law Assessment With a Proposal
Fabiana Di Porto, Salento
Gustavo Ghidini, Statale di Milano

EU Fight Against Geofactors, Towards a “Circular” Interplay Between Regulation and Competition
Valeria Falce, University of Rome

How to Address Patent Holdup and Holdout in Standard-Essential-Patent Licensing : The Japanese Approach in Global Context
Toshiaki Takigawa, Osaka

EU Competition Law and IP Rights : PAEs, an Example of the Interface Being Misaligned
Hedvig Schmidt, Southampton

Strong and Weak Rights and the Challenge of Assumptions – How to Assess the Anti-Competitive Effects of a Settlement Agreement in the Pharmaceutical Sector if You Don't Know the Value of the Patent ?
Claudia Seitz, Basel


11:00 : Coffee break and Poster Session II

(Hall, Espace Cassin)


11:30 : Plenary Panel IV

Panel chair : Laurence Idot (Paris II)

Antitrust and the Omega man
Spencer Weber Waller, Loyola University Chicago

Management Studies, Firm Rationality & The Law of Predatory Pricing
Shilpi Bhattacharyia, University of Rotterdam

Strict Competition Enforcement Is the Way Forward – Also to Promote Sustainable Consumption and Production
Edith Loozen, University of Bologna

Short Conclusions
Michal Gal, ASCOLA Chair and David Bosco, Aix-Marseille University


1:30 : Lunch
(optional, 15€ - Restaurant, near the faculty)


2:30 pm : Trip

(optional, 25€)

Visit of the beautiful Château La Coste
2750 Route de La Cride, 13610 Le Puy Sainte Réparade

Walk the trail among vineyards and art pieces, visit Art & Architecture and the wine cellar designed by Jean Nouvel, and enjoy a tasting of wines of the domain !!!

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