ASCOLA 2021: Virtual Conference!

#ASCOLA2021 is going virtual! We had originally planned to hold the 2021 conference of the Academic Society for Competition Law in Porto (Portugal) with the great support of Sofia País and her team. Unfortunately, the pandemic situation makes a meeting in person impossible (again, as in 2020). Instead, we decided to do a virtual event again. As in 2020, the Steering Committee of ASCOLA with Michal Gal, Rupprecht Podszun and Peter Picht will organise a three day conference via Zoom from 1-3 July 2021! The main part of the programme will take place at from 12-16 h CEST with accompanying events at other times of the day, so as to enable scholars from all over the world to tune in. The peer review process of papers has been completed. If you submitted a paper you will now have been notified whether the paper was accepted for the conference or not. We had a record number of submissions and needed to select. We did so in a double-blind peer review – so we can promise great papers to be presented already! Please look forward and support ASCOLA in another path-breaking conference!

New ASCOLA book: Challenges to Assumptions in Competition Law

Ascola is proud to present the latest volume in the Edward Elgar ASCOLA Competition Law Series: David Bosco from the University of Aix-Marseille in France and Michal S. Gal from the University of Haifa edited a book on the challenges to assumptions in competition law. They have assembled a classy collection of contributions that go to the very fundamental questions of antitrust. Contributers are Can Atik, David Bosco, Oliver Budzinski, Andrés Calderón, Stephen Dnes, Michal S. Gal, Yajie Gao, Wei Han, Galyna Kostiukevych, Claudia O’Kane, Frédéric Marty, Julien Pillot, Barry J. Rodger, Annika Stöhr and Christopher Townley.

Eleanor Fox says: ‘This is an impressive book’! Nothing more to add.

Digital activities around the world

The bad thing about the lockdowns around the world: We cannot meet in person. The good thing: We have all learned to use digital tools to stay in touch! Our individual members and the ASCOLA Regional Chapters organise many talks, and we are proud & happy to see ASCOLA networks in full bloom everywhere: Scholars from different countries give talks and courses – and everyone can dial in.  To be up to date with what is going on where, it is advisable to follow the ASCOLA Regional Chapters in social media. You find a list of links here. See you in the next virtual meeting!

ASCOLA2021 update: Peer review

The Ascola team is now in preparation for the Annual Conference 2021 in Porto (Portugal) that is planned for 1-3 July 2021 #ASCOLA2021. Let us all hope we can meet in person! Currently, the paper proposals are under review in a double blind peer review procedure. Stay tuned!

Extension of Deadline for Ascola Call for Papers

The deadline for the submission of proposals for the ASCOLA 2021 Annual Conference has been extended to 8 February 2021. All competition-law-related papers are welcome and will be considered by the reviewers. We plan to hold the conference in Porto, if the conditions permit this, possibly in a hybrid format. If this is not possible we will enable an online conference, just as in 2020. You may find the Call for Papers here.