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, its history 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.
On 20 November 2023, ASCOLA met for an online event, the ASCOLA NOEL, to discuss current development in competition law. The global roundtable, moderated by Giorgio Monti, assembled Mor Bakhoum (Senegal), Soojin Nam (Korea), Eleanor Fox (USA), Vlatka Butorac Malnar (Croatia), Magali Eben (UK) and Juan David Gutiérrez (Colombia). The discussion took place on the …
The Call for Papers for the ASCOLA Annual Conference 2024 in Würzburg, Germany, was published on 15 October 2023. It is available here: ASCOLA2024 Call for Papers Please note the changes in conference format and submission that we introduced. For information on the conference, you may also wish to consult this page: ASCOLA Next Conference …
ASCOLA, the Academic Society for Competition Law, will host the first ASCOLA November Online Event Live (ASCOLA NOEL) on 20 November 2023. We invite you to join us for a round table discussion of competiton law developments around the world – with stellar scholars from different jurisdictions. Participants will be Prof. Eleanor Fox (New York …
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, for a term of two years. The organization is described in a Charter.
The Chair The chair is currently Rupprecht Podszun – a professor at the University of Düsseldorf, Germany. He was elected in 2023 as the successor of Michal Gal (University of Haifa) who had held the office of President since 2016.
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
Executive Committee as elected in 2023:
Rupprecht Podszun (Düsseldorf), President
Peter Picht (Zürich), Vice President for Finances
Thomas Cheng (Hong Kong), Vice President
Magali Eben (Glasgow), Vice President
Giorgio Monti (Tilburg), Vice President
Wendy Ng (Melbourne), Vice President
Members of the Larger Board (as elected in 2023):
Zeynep Ayata (Turkey)
Mor Bakhoum (Senegal)
Thomas Cheng (Hong Kong)
Fabiana Di Porto (Italy)
Josef Drexl (Germany) (President of ASCOLA 2003-2013)
Magali Eben (UK)
Valeria Falce (Italy)
Harry First (US)
Michal Gal (Israel) (President of ASCOLA 2016-2023)
Juan David Gutiérrez (Colombia)
Vikas Kathuria (India)
Wolfgang Kerber (Germany)
Ioannis Lianos (Greece)
Bjorn Lundqvist (Sweden)
Francisco Marcos (Spain)
Giorgio Monti (Netherlands)
Wendy Ng (Australia)
Paul Nihoul (Belgium) (President of ASCOLA 2013-2016)
Jasminka Pecotic Kaufman (Croatia)
Peter Picht (Switzerland)
Rupprecht Podszun (Germany) (President of ASCOLA since 2023)
Heike Schweitzer (Germany)
Danny Sokol (USA)
Masako Wakui (Japan)
The organiser of the annual conference is co-opted to the board.
In 2023, the ASCOLA Board appointed three Directors for special projects:
Fabiana Di Porto (Salento) – Director for Best Junior Paper Award
Jurgita Malinauskaite (Brunel) – Director for Mentoring
Viktoria Robertson (Vienna/Graz) – Director for Scholarships
If you wish to join ASCOLA, please click here. If you wish to get in touch with the Executive Board, please write an e-mail to team [at] ascola.org or address the board members individually.
If you wish to get in touch with the regional chapters of ASCOLA please address these scholars and try to follow the ongoing activities.
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.
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Conferences & Events
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The next ASCOLA Conference – be a part of this fantastic community. We meet once a year to discuss papers on competition law and economics.