Relaxing whilst doing Competition Law is not an Oxymoron

Antitrust Oscars

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The significant rise in visits experienced by the blog in the past week (we had close to 3000 visits) has opened our eyes to a reality: there´s a lot of people with free time out there! That’s why, considering that nominations for the oscars were made public last week, determined to fill your spare time with entertainment, and in the spirit of that weird phrase that appears on our header¨”Relaxing whilst doing Competition Law is not an oxymoron“, we´ve put together for you a list of nominees for the best antitrust-related videos on youtube. All of them are really worth watching (although you know that THE RAID is clearly our favorite..)

Suggestions for additional nominations and/or categories are accepted. Vote for your favorite!

Best film by a competition authority

Leniency in cartel cases, by the Dutch Competition Authority.

Be the first to tell; a film on leniency, by the Swedish Competition Authority.

Best antitrust lawyer starred videos

ABA Antitrust Section kicks off year 2010/2011

Best competition law book review

Great video-reviews of the EC Competition Law Handbook 08/09 and of EC Merger Control. Really worth watching; I keep telling Nicolas that this is how he should do his reviews..) They are full of highlights.

Best non-fiction films

The lysine cartel : The real story on which the movie The Informant was based (my favourite scenes are on minutes 1.44  and 2.46). For an interview with the real Mark Whitacre see here

Bill Gates´deposition before the DOJ in the Microsoft trial. In youtube you can find the whole series (for season 1 see here), and also a compilation of greatest hits (the videos give, I think, an unfair portrayal of him so, to balance things here is his great commencement speech at Harvard). Btw, Microsoft´s Steve Ballmer has also starred a short film which escapes any definition

Best politician starred video

Chuck Norris´ Neelie Kroes´ statement (some of the best lines in the history of competition movies) after fining Intel 1 billion euros: “Intel´s latest advertising campaign proposes Intel as the sponsors of tomorrow; well, now they are  the sponsors of the European tax payer” and  “My vision of tomorrow for Intel, here and now; obey the law“.

The Lisbon Treaty and Competition Policy: A Story of Two Views, by Nicolas Sarkozy and Tony Blair (from 0.40 onwards).

Best non-English speaking video

Apparently (¿?) this video deals with leniency

Best educational video “for dummies”

What is a cartel? (Unfortunately we could not nominate it for the category on best special effects)

¿Por qué la competencia importa?

Best critical video on antitrust

Don´t trust antitrust: the incredible bread machine (watch from minute 2 onwards).

An extra

A video not on competition law, but on competition in law (on 0.37 law school is compared to a situation where “you take a group of alcoholics and then open the bar for three years”, and law students are defined as “insecure, grade obsessed, status obsessed people). It also features Elizabeth Warren, one of the best professors I´ve ever seen in a classroom.

Written by Alfonso Lamadrid

2 February 2011 at 2:00 am

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  1. “Apparently (¿?) this video deals with leniency”

    Yes it does 😉 This is a TV ad of the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection aired in all major Polish TV stations.


    2 February 2011 at 1:12 pm

  2. Thanks a lot Mijolaj!

    Did they really air that in all major stations? And did the advertising campaign lead to any significant increase in the number of leniency applications?

    Alfonso Lamadrid

    2 February 2011 at 1:39 pm

  3. It wasn’t just TV – OCCP’s PR agency has prepared also a radio ad, which is now present in major press titles.

    There were three editions of leniency awareness campaing – first in February 2009, second in May 2009, and last one which has just begun (January 2011). As I understand, major press, TV, and radio outlets have offered OCCP free space to advertise new leniency regulation.

    I’m sceptical about any effects of this campaign. It looks just silly to most businesspeople.

    Here you’ll find the official press release about new leniency regulation and first TV campaign (from February 2009):


    2 February 2011 at 2:40 pm

  4. Pardon my mistake – what I wanted to say is that in addition to TV and radio commercials, there were also ads in major Polish newspapers 😉 And though it might all not do kuch in terms of a number of leniency applications, at least clients are familiar with the name of the procedure 🙂


    2 February 2011 at 9:35 pm

  5. Best Animated Feature?

    Craig Falls

    3 February 2011 at 6:03 pm

    • Thank you Craig! We´ll add this to the list.

      Alfonso Lamadrid

      3 February 2011 at 7:47 pm

  6. Best manga?

    “Foiled”, by the Competition Commission of Singapore: what is an abuse of dominance?

    More of this on the ICN blog:


    3 February 2011 at 8:43 pm

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  8. Voting for “ABA Antitrust Section kicks off year 2010/2011” for “Best antitrust lawyer starred videos”. What amazing acting! And singing!

    Nick Grimmer

    8 February 2011 at 2:15 am

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  11. Post recommended in CPI’s February 2012 Blogs O’ Blogs; see hre:

    Alfonso Lamadrid

    5 March 2012 at 9:34 am

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