What I have been up to (besides obsessing about Brexit)
The past month has certainly been intense. And to think that the month of June had started out so well. Apart from obsessing about the future of the UK, I have been travelling a bit, to Belgium and Spain, and also within the UK. Here is a summary of what I have been up to (and whom I have met)
In June, I attended a conference organised by the Association of European Competition Law Judges (see the programme here). Mercedes Pedraz, judge at the Spanish Audiencia Nacional, was a wonderful host.
In my panel (chaired by Kimmo Mikkola), I discussed how the balance between competition law and intellectual property is changing. In this regard, I argued that courts reviewing administrative action are uniquely equipped to understand and addressed the challenges raised by the ongoing shift. A lightly edited version of my script can be found here.
I was pleased to present together with – and meet for the first time – Scott Hemphill, one of the top antitrust scholars of the day (and, above all, a proud alumnus of the LSE). He was kind enough to send me his presentation (which focused on pay-for-delay agreements in the pharmaceutical industry). You can access it here.
In Bruges, I presented at the symposium organised by the students of the College of Europe taking the Law & Economics option. It yet another conference on geo-blocking with – yet again – Thomas Kramler. What I enjoyed is that the nature of the event forced me to give a different perspective, more focused on the underlying economics of copyright and geo-blocking. It was a perfect opportunity to insist on one of my favourite themes: the Court of Justice has consistently displayed a solid understanding of economic issues in its Article 101 TFEU case law, from Societe Technique Miniere to Cartes Bancaires. My presentation can be found here.
I delivered a presentation on a similar topic earlier this month at the Law Society, which has a Competition Section run by Isabel Taylor and Stephen Smith. It was a really pleasant event with an even more pleasant after-event. Click here for more information (including the presentation).
A couple of weeks ago I travelled to Newcastle to speak at a conference on ‘Fossilisation and Innovation in Law’. The scope of the conference was not devoted to our field, but there were a couple of presentations on EU Competition Law and US Antitrust. Jonathan Galloway, one of the co-organisers and a good friend of Chillin’ Competition, presented on Antitrust Utility in the Face of Innovation. Bill Kovacic spoke about the FTC. For those thinking ‘one trick pony’ after reading the above, I am pleased to let you know that my presentation was not even on competition law, but on the evolution of telecommunications regulation. Click here and check for yourselves!