Relaxing whilst doing Competition Law is not an Oxymoron

Why this Blog (and who I am)?

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This blog has a dual purpose. First, it aims at providing refreshing, original, news and comments on competition law and economics. Second, this blog aims at disseminating the research and activities undertaken by the LLM in competition and IP law of the University of Liege (ULg) and by the Institute for European Legal Studies.

This blog has two specificities:

  • It is user-oriented. Please do not hesitate to post comments, suggest improvements, etc. I will occasionally post polls, or questions, to which readers are invited to answer if they find the issue interesting. Please note, however, that harsh and derogatory language is strictly forbidden on this blog.
  • It will host guest bloggers. Our first guest blogger will be Alfonso Lamadrid, a good friend and former Garrigues associate, now following a LLM at Harvard.

Now, some information about me: I am a full-time Lecturer (“Chargé de cours”) in competition law and economics at the Institute for European Legal Studies (IEJE) Liege Law Faculty and co-director of the IEJE ( I  hold a PhD (thesis subject was on Oligopolies and tacit collusion in EC competition law, April 2007), a LL.M in European Law with Highest Honors (College of Europe, Bruges – 2001-2002) and a DESS in European Business Law (University Paris II, Panthéon Assas 2000-2001). From 2005 to 2009, I was an associate at Howrey LLP, Brussels. In 2008, I was awarded the Jacques Lassier Prize by the International League of Competition law. I was visiting researcher at Harvard Law School (January 2006) and have been since 2004 research Fellow of the Global Competition Law Centre and Secretary of the Scientific Committee, College of Europe, Bruges. I have also worked as a clerk at the Commercial Chamber of the French Supreme Court. My main research interests cover Abuse of Dominance, Belgian and French competition law, Economics of Competition Law, Procedural issues and Judicial Remedies, Network Industries and International Antitrust. I am finally a senior editor of the online magazine Global Competition Policy.

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Written by Nicolas Petit

4 October 2009 at 5:57 am

Posted in Life at University

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  1. It ‘s good news to hear that you are back on track Nicolas! Antitrusthotchpotch was a unique source of info and a magnificent way to interact on ideas about topical antitrust issues.

    Alfonso, it ‘s always a pleasure to hear your views on the topic. I ‘ll be closely follow your posts and hope you ‘re doing well at Harvard.

    George Pedakakis

    5 October 2009 at 2:50 pm

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