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.

Online Activities of the ASCOLA chapters

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.

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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: 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.

2021 Conference in Porto – Call for Papers

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!

Here is the Call for Papers (updated on 29 January 2021).


The Ascola 2020 Virtual Conference

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: For a selection of photos see here!


2021 Conference in Porto

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.