Competition law in a global context: Analysing the Trans-Atlantic divide

This event is organised by the Centre for Business Law and Practice

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A growing number of companies operate on a global scale attracting the scrutiny of multiple competition law authorities around the world. As some of the largest and most developed antitrust jurisdictions in the world, the US and the EU are often looked upon as influential authorities on competition law standards and approaches. They do not always agree, but they are not necessarily as divergent as it is sometime suggested in the literature. This conference will discuss the relationship between the two jurisdictions.
To examine these issues the conference will bring together academics, practitioners, and regulators from the EU and the US. It will consist of four panels, one of which will be structured as a moderated conversation among current and former enforcers from the US and Europe:

  • Anticompetitive Agreements
  • A Conversation with Competition Law Enforcers
  • Objectives of Competition Law
  • Competition Law and IP

This full-day conference is jointly organised and funded by the Centre for Business Law and Practice (CLBP) at the School of Law and the International Center for Law and Economics (ICLE) in Portland, OR, USA. 

The CPBL is a leading research centre based at the School of Law, University of Leeds. Its expertise includes corporate and financial law, commercial and consumer law and, competition/antitrust law. It is large and well-established, with over 20 academic members, half of which are professors. Its members have established international reputations in the broad field of business law, and in particular in corporate and financial law.

The International Center for Law & Economics (ICLE) is a nonprofit, non-partisan research center. Working with a roster of more than fifty academic affiliates and research centers from around the globe, ICLE develops and disseminates targeted academic output to build the intellectual foundation for rigorous, economically-grounded policy.

The School of Law, University of Leeds is accredited by the Bar Standards Board to provide CPD for barristers at the Bar of England & Wales. The conference is accredited with 7 CPD hours for barristers at the Bar of England & Wales. We are willing to confirm the attendance of solicitors for CPD purposes on their individual CPD records.

The conference is free but registration is required on Eventbrite

Event format

09:15 Welcome for the Head of School, Prof Alastair Mullis
09:30 Panel 1: Anti-competitive Agreements
11:15 Panel 2: A Conversation with Competition Law Enforcers
12:45 Lunch
13:45 Panel 3: Objectives of Competition Law
15:30 Panel 4: Competition Law and IP
17:00 Final Comments: Professor Pinar Akman and Geoffrey Manne

For further information, please contact Ms Lucie Milner at