Leicester academic invited to present her latest research at ABA/NYU Next Generation of Antitrust Scholars Conference

Dr. Anne Witt, Associate Professor at Leicester Law School, has been invited to present her latest research at the 5th Biannual Next Generation of Antitrust Scholars Conference in New York on 26 January 2018. The prestigious international event is organised by the American Bar Association and New York University Law School, and aims to identify and promote new academic talent in the area of antitrust law.

Dr. Witt's paper, which is forthcoming in the Common Market Law Review, explores a trend in the enforcement practice of the European Commission and several national competition authorities of limiting the enforcement of Article 101 TFEU to anticompetitive agreements that are deemed to have the ‘object’ of restricting competition, and no longer pursuing agreements that have the ‘effect’ of restricting competition. While agreements that have the effect of restricting competition are just as illegal and harmful as those that have the effect of restricting competition, the conditions for prohibiting them are more difficult to establish.  While focusing on ‘easier’ cases may amount to an efficient use of public resources in the short term, Anne argues that, in the long term, this policy will undermine the deterrent effect of the prohibition in relation to restrictions of competition by effect, and will result in a suboptimal enforcement of Article 101 TFEU to the detriment of competition and consumers.

The conference attendance is funded by the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities Research Development Fund 2017-18.

http://www.law.nyu.edu/conferences/2018-nextgen-antitrust-conference

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