Welcome to the Academic Society for Competition Law – an association composed of scholars committed,  in their scholarship, to the development of competition law, policy and the economics of competition worldwide. 

ASCOLA unites several hundred researchers and scholars from all continents who focus on antitrust law, economics and policy. Members of ASCOLA usually meet once a year for a big annual conference with in-depth discussions of scholarship. ASCOLA regional chapters organise the exchange throughout the year in several jurisdictions. Here you may find more information about ASCOLA events. Please also consult our News section for most recent information.

In the Resources section, you can find our collection of teaching materials, ASCOLA books and the Declaration of Ethics to which we subscribe.

On this website we also inform you on what characterises ASCOLA, how it is organised and how you can join. Members from around the world – from junior academics starting their careers to renowned legends of antitrust scholarship – enjoy the spirit of ASCOLA as a market of ideas – and a place where projects are developed and friendships forged.


2020 ASCOLA Best Junior Paper Award

The 2020 ASCOLA Junior Best Paper Award went to Andrew McLean of University College London for his paper “A Financial Capitalism Perspective on Start-up Acquisitions”. The paper is accessible here: https://law.haifa.ac.il/index.php/en/ascola-award The award which has a small tradition already in ASCOLA was presented by Fabiana Di Porto and Rupprecht Podszun in the name of the …


Ascola is organized as a democratic association involving a General Assembly and a Board – including a Chair. The Assembly convenes each year. It elects the Board, including the Chair, of the Association. The organization is described in a Charter.

The Chair
The chair is currently Michal Gal – a Professor at the University of Haifa, Israel.

The Board
The Board is composed of members elected by the members of the association. The composition partly reflects the geographic coverage of the association. Elections are organized on a regular basis. For these elections members can suggest applications.

Composition of the Board
Michal Gal (Israel), Chair
Rupprecht Podszun (Germany)  Vice Chair
Peter Picht (Switzerland), Treasurer

Thomas Cheng (Hong Kong)
Fabiana Di Porto (Italy)
Josef Drexl (Germany)
Valeria Falce (Italy)
Harry First (US)
Wolfgang Kerber (Germany)
Heike Schweitzer (Germany)
Ioannis Lianos (Greece)
Bjorn Lundqvist (Sweden)
Francisco Marcos (Spain)
Giorgio Monti (Netherlands)
Paul Nihoul (Belgium)
Danny Sokol (USA)
Maurice Stucke (USA)

Regional Chairs:
Thomas Cheng & Masako Wakui – Asia (except India)
Vikas Kathuria – India
Spencer Weber Waller – USA
Vicente Bagnoli & Juliana Oliveira Domingues – Brazil
Juan David Gutiérrez – Latin America (except Brazil)
Mor Bakhoum – Africa
Bjorn Lundqvist – Nordics
Maciej Bernatt – Central Europe (focus Poland)
Jasminka Pecotic Kaufman & Alexandr Svetlicinii – South East Europe (focus Balkans)
Victoria Daskalova – Eastern Europe (focus Bulgaria)
Emanuela Arezzo – Italy
Magali Eben & Or Brook – United Kingdom
Claudio Lombardi & Alexei Ivanov – Eurasia and Central Asia
David Bosco – France
Wendy Ng – Australia and NZ
Pieter van Cleyenbreugel – Benelux
Zeynep Ayata & Maris Iacovides – Turkey

The General Assembly
The General Assembly consists of all members of the association. All members have a similar vote. No difference is made depending on origin of members, or the fee paid by them. As a reminder, fees are discounted for younger academics and for academics coming from lower-income regions. The General Assembly takes place in the course of annual conferences.

Are you interested in joining too?
Get more information here.


16th ASCOLA Conference

We are planning to have the 16th annual event in Porto, on 1-3 July 2021. More news to Follow.

Competition Law in Isolation Talks

After lockdowns and travel restrictions set in, the ASCOLA UK Chapter under the leadership of Magali Eben and Or Brook started a series of virtual talks called “Competition Law in Isolation”. This format developed to be an ace opportunity to showcase ongoing work and to discuss current issues of competition law. For more information, join the mailing list by addressing the organisers Magali Eben (Glasgow) or Or Brook (Leeds) or check out the Twitter account @AscolaUK!

15th ASCOLA Conference

Annual ASCOLA (Virtual) Conference
June 25– 27 June 2020

For more information, videos and papers from the conference click here.

14th ASCOLA Conference

Aix-en-Provence Faculty of Law
June 27– 29 June 2019

+ Breakout Sessions on Wider Competition Law Issues


Find out about our Declaration of Ethics.

Here we provide additional teaching material.

ASCOLA Competition Law series

ASCOLA has a cooperation with publishing house Edward Elgar where we regularly publish books with ASCOLA scholarship.

Competition Law for the Digital Economy

Edited by Björn Lundqvist, Stockholm University, Sweden and Michal S. Gal, University of Haifa Faculty of Law, Israel
The Roles of Innovation in Competition Law Analysis

Edited by Paul Nihoul, Professor, Université catholique de Louvain and Pieter Van Cleynenbreugel, Professor, University of Liège, Belgium
Abusive Practices in Competition Law

Edited by Fabiana Di Porto, Professor of Law, Economics and Innovation, University of Salento, Italy and Rupprecht Podszun, Chair for Civil Law, German and European Competition Law, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany
Competition Law as Regulation

Edited by Josef Drexl, Director, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Munich, Germany and Fabiana di Porto, Professor of Law, Economics and Innovation, University of Salento, Italy
Procedural Fairness in Competition Proceedings

Edited by Paul Nihoul, Professor, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium and Tadeusz Skoczny, Professor, University of Warsaw (CARS), Poland
State-Initiated Restraints of Competition

Edited by Josef Drexl, Director, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Munich, Germany and Vicente Bagnoli, Professor of Law, Mackenzie Presbyterian University – Law School, São Paulo, Brazil
New Competition Jurisdictions
Shaping Policies and Building Institutions

Edited by Richard Whish and Christopher Townley, King’s College London, UK
The Goals of Competition Law

Edited by Daniel Zimmer, Professor of Law, University of Bonn, Germany and Member of the German Monopolies Commission
More Common Ground for International Competition Law?

Edited by Josef Drexl, Director, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Munich, Germany, Warren S. Grimes, Southwestern Law School, US, Clifford A. Jones, University of Florida, US, the late Rudolph J.R. Peritz, formerly Professor and Director, IProgress Project, New York Law School, US and Edward T. Swaine, George Washington University Law School, US
The Development of Competition Law
Global Perspectives

Edited by Roger Zäch, Andreas Heinemann, Rechtswissenschaftliches Institut, University of Zurich and Andreas Kellerhals, Rechtswissenschaftliches Institut, University of Zurich, Switzerland and Member, Swiss Competition Commission
Economic Theory and Competition Law

Edited by Josef Drexl, Director, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Munich, Germany, Laurence Idot, Professor of Law, University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas and Joël Monéger, Professor of Law, University of Paris Dauphine, France
The Evolution of European Competition Law
Whose Regulation, Which Competition?

Edited by Hanns Ullrich, Professor Emeritus, affiliated research fellow, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Munich, Germany