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Impact Assessment

It’s that time of the year when everybody receives awards and then humbly publicizes them on the social media 😉 I had several nominations for the Antitrust Writing Awards and was also nominated to GCR’s Academic Excellence Award. I am proud to report that… I did not win any!

Chillin’ Competition has nonetheless indirectly won some awards and recognitions (and I suppose part of my nominations):

  • First, our co-blogger emeritus, Nicolas, did receive those accolades in DC. Congratulations!
  • Second, a list of the 10 best LLMs in Competition Law came out (see here) and Chillin’ Competition has links with 4 of the 10 best ranked programmes worldwide (LSE, Liège, College of Europe and Brussels School of Competition). I am proud that the LSE specialisation (which was launched in 2013) ranked #2. Congrats to the students and my colleagues!
  • Last, but by no means least, Chambers Europe, released today, ranks my co-blogger Alfonso as the only Brussels-based ‘Star Associate’ for competition law (see here , observing that he ‘wins plaudits from sources for his well-regarded competition law blog. He is experienced in the field of technology, frequently advising on cartels and state aid’. Chambers also quotes a client saying that he is ‘widely regarded as the rising star in EU competition law’ (no less!) and that he is ‘smart, hard-working, practical and business-minded’ (what comes across as an understatement). Alfonso repeats his ranking as ‘Star Associate’ in Spain, although the quote included there is, say, somewhat less spectacular [‘sources say: “Academically he is very able, and he also has very good English”] 😉 No matter how proud I am, I look forward to him losing these titles soon.

And to round up the self-promotion, here are the links to our most recent appearances in the press, namely Alfonso’s quotes on Politico and Cinco Días on cartel issues, and my views – featured yesterday in El País – over access to the civil service in Spain (an issue which is dear to my heart and in many ways much more important than competition law).

Written by Pablo Ibanez Colomo

10 April 2017 at 2:32 pm

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