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The sharing economy: US

May 13th, 2015

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission will hold a workshop on June 9 to explore issues relating to emerging internet peer-to-peer platforms—often called the “sharing” economy—and the economic activity these platforms facilitate. The workshop will examine competition, consumer protection, and economic issues arising in the sharing economy to promote more informed analysis of its competitive dynamics as well as benefits and risks to consumers.The workshop will be webcast.

For more information click here.

Compliance – Japan

May 9th, 2015

Read the JFTC’s press release about Compliance Efforts of Japanese Companies for Foreign Competition Laws.

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Update: New Zealand

May 1st, 2015

Find out more about the Competition Commission of New Zealand’s upcoming 2015 Competition Matters conference in July.

On 19-20 March 2015 the Italian Competition Authority and the World Intellectual Property Organization jointly organized an “International Conference on Intellectual Property and Competition in the Pharmaceutical Industry” on the premises of the Authority in Rome. Materials are available here.

Awareness: Hong Kong

April 7th, 2015

See the Hong Kong Competition Commission’s educational and training awareness materials (including videos) here.



From the Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies at Loyola University Chicago: “The Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies of Loyola University Chicago School of Law is pleased to announce the world’s first fully on-line LLM (Master of Laws) and MJ (Master of Jurisprudence) degree programs in Global Competition Law.  While the Global Competition Law programs will be available to persons anywhere in the world, it is aimed at the public and private sectors outside the United States to provide a sophisticated and consistent base of knowledge for both lawyers (LLM) and non-lawyers (MJ) working in the competition law field.  There is great demand for such training, the on-line nature of the program is well-suited to the international nature of the intended student audience, and there is no known on-line program of this nature anywhere in the world.  We anticipate enrolling the first class of students in late August of 2015.

The overall desired outcomes and goals of the Global Competition Law program is to provide the students with the knowledge and skills they need to become effective competition and consumer advocates in their home jurisdictions.  The program will combine both theory and practice to contribute to the continued professionalization of the competition and consumer community in both the public and private sectors.  In so doing, the program will contribute to the development of the rule of law and economic justice on a global scale.

The global competition law LLM and MJ programs will have the same basic structure and requirements.  The principal difference will be the optional LLM thesis offering with no such requirement for the MJ degree. Both degrees will consist of 20 credit hours consisting of four required courses and four elective courses chosen from a menu of 8-10 additional offerings.   Both programs are offered on a part-time basis to be completed in two years to accommodate working professionals.  Tuition will be scaled to the level of economic development in the student’s jurisdiction.

For more information click here or send an email here.”

The Competition Commission of India is organised a Workshop on “Public Procurement & Competition Law” on 9th March, 2015. You can get access to the presentation material here.

22nd St.Gallen International Competition Law Forum ICF: 23 and 24 April 2015

The St.Gallen ICF has a history of attracting reputable speakers and interested participants from European competition authorities, the advocacy, academia, public offices as well as major international companies. They not only hail from Switzerland and Europe, but some travel to St.Gallen from North America and Asia to share their experience and to discuss the current topics of the field. Cornerstones of each St.Gallen ICF iteration are the ‘Speech by the Commissioner’ and the ‘Presidents’ breakfast’. The conference is very proud to have some of the most distinguished speakers in the field, including Vincent Martenet (President, Swiss Competition Authority), Agnete Gersing (Director General, Danish Competition and Consumer Authority), Bruno Lasserre (President, French Competition Authority) and Giovanni Pitruzzella (Chairman, Italian Competition Authority).
Another highlight of the conference will be an interview of Carl Baudenbacher (President, EFTA Court; Director CC-EIL, University of St.Gallen HSG) on the EFTA Court´s contributions to European competition law. This very interactive panel will be lead by Lewis Crofts (Chief Correspondent Europe, MLex) and David Lawsky (Consultant, Fipra International).

Further information including a detailed programme can be found on the conference website: www.sg-icf.ch. An online registration (http://www.sg-icf.ch/conference-registration/) is available.

Date: 23rd and 24th of April 2015
Location: St.Gallen, Switzerland
Programme: http://www.sg-icf.ch/schedule
Flyer: http://www.sg-icf.ch/flyer
If you have any questions, contact: contact@sg-icf.ch.

George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia, USA invites all interested candidates to join them on Monday, March 2, 2015, at the Fairmont Singapore for an informational reception to learn more about the Masters of Law (LLM) program.  Attending this event will be leading scholars in the field of antitrust and competition law and George Mason University School of Law faculty members. For more information and to register for the event, click here.