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Scholarships for Admission in the ULg LL.M in IP and Competition Law

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My university is offering scholarships for admission in LL.M programmes, including in our LL.M in IP and Competition Law. EU and non-EU students are eligible.

A full description of the scholarships can be found here.

Please do not hesitate to contact me, should you have any queries on this.

Written by Nicolas Petit

3 April 2013 at 10:53 am

Job Application

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Yesterday, one of my LL.M students made the buzz in French press.

President Hollande was apparently in Dijon to deliver a speech on new government-sponsored traineeships for young people without a degree.

Louis Godart, currently enrolled in our ULg LL.M, was in Dijon too.

He managed to hand in his CV to Hollande, and urged him to also help students with a degree, who too face hurdles on the labour market.

For more, see here.

A hat tip to Louis for his brave move. We don’t teach martial arts to our students – shall we? – so I am very curious to learn how he managed to make it through Hollande’s muscle men.

Louis also made a clever move. After all, in a country like France where Governement is omnipresent, the best mailbox to post a job application is that of the President, not that of the private sector.

Finally, a big thank you to Louis for the unexpected publicity for our ULg LL.M. On this, I must stress that the programme keeps improving. We have this year a group of 25 very motivated students, who come from all over Europe. And we’ll soon be appointing a new Professor in IP and innovation law (for the call for applications (in French), see link below;  If anyone’s interested by this, pls drop a line).

Vacance – Charge de cours – Droit de l’innovation et de la PI

Written by Nicolas Petit

13 March 2013 at 7:49 am

ULg – New Full English Version of the LL.M. in EU Competition and IP Law

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To many people, Liege is an old industrial city which has little to offer.

But Liège has a great geographical position. It is just a 100 kms away from Brussels. Thanks to this, it is close from many brainy competition (and IP) professionals. This is what prompted my predecessor Prof. Geradin to create a bilingual LLM in EU Competition and IP law.

Now that we have a 8 years track record, I think I can modestly pretend – pardon the bias – that we have the best, and most likely the cheapest –  several hundred  € – LL.M in competition (and IP) law of Europe :).

Obviously there’s a downside with cheap tuition fees: little money for my research centre. But there’s a big upside: in Liege, we are not bound to award degrees to poor LL.M students that should be failed. Put differently, our evaluation process is not influenced by the risk of losing money out of a decrease in prospective applications  [on second thoughts, it may not be good advertisement to say publicly that we fail students: we do not fail that many].

Now, our LL.M has been increasingly successful in the past years, attracting students from everywhere in Europe and outside (Peru, China, Russia, etc.). I trust the many conferences we organize in Brussels and the opportunities for publication in e-competitions are interesting for prospective students.

This year, we’ll open a full-english version of the LL.M programme. It will be opened to students from far-away countries, who have no background and no professional interest in the French language.  The programme of this English-based LL.M can be found hereafter.

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Written by Nicolas Petit

30 March 2011 at 7:00 am

It’s a Long Way to the Top

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See below. Found on LL.M Guide, a website advertising LL.Ms. One student made a strong plea in favour of our LL.M. in Liege. This triggered disagreement on the forum, with a respondent  rightly arguing that I am not a “leading competition scholar” (as opposed to other “gods” of competition law, amongst which the amazingly good and esteemed Prof. Richard Whish).

The chap who replies to him certainly has a point. It is still a long way to the top for me. If one day, I could get only close to Whish’s teaching skills…

Anyway, the funny thing is that I have thought a lot in the past weeks as to how I could improve my way of doing business.  At this stage, my conclusion is that I need to refocus a little on things  that really matter. To this end, I am facing a number of options on which I would certainly love feedback from my readers.

As far as time management is concerned – am running on scarce resources – shall I

  1. Stop the blog?;
  2. Quit GCLC?;
  3. Quit the new born BSC?;
  4. Surrender the Direction of the Liege Institute for European Legal Studies?
  5. Quit other courses which I give on an occasional basis (EDHEC in France, MGIMO in Russia, etc.)
  6. Stop organizing conferences

As to the selection of my areas of scientific interest, shall I:

  1. Keep an interest in the various areas of competition enforcement (101, 102 and merger control) or focus only on a micro area of EU competition law?
  2. Keep following Belgian and French competition laws, in parallel to EU competition law?
  3. Start writing papers in English only, or continue my 50/50 balance between contributions in  French and English?

Happy to get your feedback on the above.

Nota: The picture above is taken from one of the greatest rock LPs of all time (source here). This LP features the title “It’s a long way to the top”, which has one of the most addictive and catchy riffs I have ever heard.

Written by Nicolas Petit

7 July 2010 at 9:47 am

A Big Win

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Last Monday, a group of  LL.M. students from the University of Liege (ULg) won the concours Lamy de la concurrence held at the French NCA in Paris. The team was composed of Anne-Sophie Come, Mathieu Coquelet, Pierre Sabbadini, Willem de Vos and Norman Neyrinck (coach). This is obviously a source of great satisfaction and pride. Hat tip to the students and their coach.

Below, the new LL.M. brochure for 2010.

LLM in Competition and IP Law – 2010

Written by Nicolas Petit

22 June 2010 at 12:06 am


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Hat tip and best of luck to my LL.M. students A-S. Come, M. Coquelet, M. DeVos and P. Sabbadini, who have reached the finals of the Concours Lamy de la Concurrence, and are now invited to Paris to plead their case at the French NCA. I am really proud. Congrats’ also to their coach Norman Neyrinck.

Again, our LL.M. offers unique training in antitrust and IP law, and this is just the proof of it.

Here’s a link to the subject of the concours.

Written by Nicolas Petit

2 June 2010 at 1:13 pm

Best LL.M in Competition and IP Law (2.0)

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Amongst my various University activities (and besides research), the one I prefer is to manage the ULg’s bilingual LLM in EU Competition and IP law (created, back in the day, in 2004, by my predecessor Prof. Damien Geradin). 

This LL.M has been increasingly successful in the past years, attracting students from everywhere in Europe and outside (Peru, China, etc.). I trust the many conferences we organize in Brussels, the bilingual format of the programme (English-French) and the opportunities for publication in e-competitions are interesting for prospective students.

Since my appointment a few years ago, I have nonetheless had the feeling that the programme could be improved, in particular by increasing its focus on core IP and competition law subjects.

To this end, I have recently undertaken, with the help of some colleagues – I shall here thank in particular Prof. Alain Strowel and my assistant Norman Neyrinck – to bring improvements to the LL.M.

Following weeks of ruminations and discussions, I am proud to disclose the 2.0 version of the bilingual LLM in competition and IP law of the University of Liege. The new programme, which can be found below, will enter into force in the next academic year 2010-2011. A brochure is in the pipeline, and will be out shortly.

The challenge now: how to best disseminate this without being ripped off having to pay thousands of euros to commercial advertising websites? If you have any clue, or feel like helping, please drop me a line. If you know people who could send our programme to students, please also contact me.


Compulsory Courses:

– Droit européen de la concurrence 60h – Nicolas Petit (ULg)

– Patents (exercises included) 30h – Geertrui Van Overwalle (KUL)

– Droit d’auteur et nouvelles technologies 45h – Alain Strowel (Covington & Burling, FUSL, ULg)

– Trade related aspects of intellectual property rights in the EU and the WTO 30h – Daniel Gervais (Vanderbilt University) et Norman Neyrinck (ULg)

– Droit européen des marques 30h – Jean-Jo Evrard (Nautha Duthil)

– Intellectual Property and Competition Law  30h – David Hull (Covington & Burling) et Alain Strowel

– Questions spéciales en droit européen de la concurrence 15h – Jean-Yves Art (Microsoft) et Jean-François Bellis (Van Bael & Bellis)

-Legal Writing Seminary 15h – Andrew Fine

– Aspects économiques du droit et de la concurrence 30h – Nicolas Petit

– Droit des aides de l’Etat 30h – Jacques Derenne (Lovells)

Options  – Competition law (one course to be chosen amongst the two following subjects)

  • EU Competition Procedure and Institutions Nicolas Petit
  • Case Studies in EU Competition Law Luc Gyselen (Arnold & Porter)

Options – IP Law (Two courses to be chosen amongst the three following subjects)

  • The Legal Protection of Designs and Models 10h Charles-Henry Massa (ULg)
  • Droit des médias 10h François Jongen (UCL)
  • IP Enforcement 10h Christof Karl (Pagenberg)

Compulsory Seminars for 2009-2011

  • The law of geographical indications, quality labelling and certification – E. De Gryse (Simon Braun)
  • Unfair Competition Law – A Kamperman Sanders (University of Maastricht)
  • IP protection for biotechnologies and other technologies – S. Bostijn (University of Amsterdam)
  • Related rights – F. Brison (Howrey and KUB)
  • Introduction to Belgian Competition Law – C. Verdonck (Altius)
  • Intellectual property and innovation technologies management – JF Serrier (Solvay)
  • The Regulation of counterfeited goods – R. Munoz (European Commission and ULg)
  • Introduction to US Antitrust Law – D. Hull
  • Selected questions of private international law in relation to intellectual property rights – P. Wautelet (ULg)
  • Pharmaceutical industry – O. Lemaire (Glaxo) 
  • WTO Law – Intellectual Property and Competition Issues – D. Luff (Luff and Appleton)


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23 April 2010 at 8:34 am


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