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!
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!
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.
The regional ASCOLA chapters continue their efforts in enabling scholars to stay in touch: There is a fantastic series of talks and seminars hosted by our regional chapters, following the original initiative of ASCOLA UK with the “Competition Law in Isolation” talks. For current information on what is on, please join the mailing lists or check the current programme on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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 jury. Scholars have to be below the age of 35 for entering this little competition at the ASCOLA Annual Conference.
ASCOLA plans to hold its next conference in Porto (Portugal), hopefully with the presence of many of our members if the situation allows us to. Our local host is Professor Sofia Pais with her colleagues and team at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa. The conference is set for 1-3 July 2021. The Call for Papers 2021 is out – please check the document here with all the relevant deadlines and information! Originally, we had planned to hold the 2020 conference in Porto already, but switched to a virtual format due to the pandemic. We look forward to our next conference and encourage all scholars to send in their proposals!
The 2020 Ascola Conference was held in a virtual format with nearly 100 talks and presentations within three days – it became an overwhelming success with hundreds of participants joining from around the world. Talks included presentations by the Executive Vice President of the European Commission, Margrethe Vestager, an economics expert panel with Steven Salop, Dennis Carlton and Dan Rubinfeld, a session for young academics on their future prospects, several book presentations and of course panels with many discussions on hot topics of antitrust and competition. The event was organised by the three members of our Executive Board and their teams, Michal Gal (Haifa), Peter Picht (Zurich) and Rupprecht Podszun (Düsseldorf). You can find a vast collection of papers, recordings and information on the conference at the conference website: https://law.haifa.ac.il/index.php/en/ascola For a selection of photos see here!
After a few weeks in which we enjoyed the positive memories of our successful virtual conference, it is now time to look forward again. After the conference is before the conference! We very much hope to hold a conference with physical presence next year. Planned venue is Porto. More information will follow.
Overwhelmed by the enthusiasm for our #CompetitionLawInIsolation idea (one person even offered to present about competition law in art!), we’ve decided to run two lunchtime talks per week, starting next week. Please find some general info on format and technology below!