ASCOLA Conference in Porto 2022

The 17th Annual Conference of the Academic Society for Competition Law, ASCOLA, will take place as an in-person event in Porto, Portugal from 30 June to 2 July, 2022. The papers to be presented have been picked by a team of peer reviewers in a double blind process from a record number of submissions. You can be sure to experience three days of intense learning & discussing in the friendly atmosphere of the ASCOLA family. Local organisers are Sofia Pais and her team at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Porto. Make sure to make your bookings. We will inform you here and on Twitter and LinkedIn once the Conference website has been set up! We are looking forward to seeing you!

ASCOLA-Series: How to turn a good paper into a good presentation

In a series of events, the Academic Society for Competition Law, ASCOLA, explores the question how to make a great presentation out of the good paper. Sometimes good papers are not presented in the most efficient and attractive, and ASCOLA wishes to help scholars with that.

In a Zoom talk on 24 February 2022, Prof. Eldar Haber from the University of Haifa gave essential advice how to present. His talk can be seen here:

New Directors of ASCOLA Regional Chapters

ASCOLA has re-appointed its chairs for the national and regional chapters (see here). Five new members were appointed, broadening the ASCOLA network and serving as contact persons for their jurisdictions: We welcome Francesco Ducci (Canada), Jurgita Malinauskaite (Eastern Europe with focus on Baltic countries), Thala Msutu and Philip Sutherland (Southern and East Africa). Andrés Calderón will serve as a new co-chair for Latin America (without Brazil), supporting Juan David Gutiérrez. The Board thanks all the Chairs of regional and national chapters for their outstanding commitment in the past! We look forward to many future exciting activities on the national and regional level

#ASCOLA2022: Call for Papers

The Academic Society for Competition Law convenes its 17th Conference for 30 June 2022-2 July 2022. We will meet in Porto, Portugal, at the Católica University (or so we hope). The Call for Paper is out now and submissions can be handed in till January 27, 2022. All information are in the Call for Papers (below). The Board, together with our dedicated local organisers in Porto, is looking forward to many insightful, excellent papers on competition law!

Ascola Call for Papers 2022

Xingyu Yan wins Best Junior Paper Award

At the 16th Ascola Conference, held virtually from 1-3 July 2021, Xingyu Yan won the Best Junior Paper Award for his paper “Towards a More Competitive Mobile Payment Industry: Standardization and Beyond”. Congratulations! Xingyu is a post-doc with Guanghua Law School, Zhejiang University. The jury was composed by Fabiana Di Porto, Thomas Cheng and Daniel Sokol. They also drew on the results of the double blind peer review selection for the conference.

#ASCOLA2021: Here is the programme!

***Updated 23 June 2021*** Finally: Here is the timetable for the #ASCOLA2021 Annual Conference, our 16th Annual Conference. We are very proud and happy to present an enormous variety of papers and bring together scholars from all over the world. We have some extras in stock: a keynote speech by Carl Shapiro, an economic expert panel, a panel on career challenges, the award for the best junior paper and many other exciting side events! The programme may be subject to changes.

On our conference website you find more information on timing, speakers and papers: Conference Website Ascola 2021. Ascola members will automatically receive information on how to join the conference via e-mail.

The organising team (Michal Gal, Rupprecht Podszun, Peter Picht) is looking forward to seeing you all!

Timetable ASCOLA2021-2021-06-23


ASCOLA2021: Carl Shapiro as keynote speaker

The first details of the ASCOLA2021 Annual Conference Programme are out: Carl Shapiro, the famous economist from UC Berkeley, will be the keynote speaker this year. The conference takes place from 1-3 July 2021 in a virtual setting over Zoom. Professor Shapiro will present and discuss his paper “Antitrust: What went wrong and how to fix it” (available for download here).

In the Economic Expert Panel the two renowned innovation economists Richard Gilbert (Berkeley) and Monika Schnitzer (LMU Munich) will discuss innovation economics. Tommaso Valletti, former chief economist of the EU Commission’s DG Competition, now a professor at Imperial College London, will moderate.

Members will be informed via e-mail on how to take part in the Conference.

Please look forward to three days packed with intense high profile competition law discussions!

Carl Shapiro

Spot on: Activities of ASCOLA‘s Regional Chapters

The ASCOLA Regional Chapters are very active in organising events, talks and discussions for the competition law. Here is a link to the ASCOLA Regional Groups. Typically, events are advertised via social media or newsletters. You may find the web presence of the Regional Chapters here.

To give you an impression of the wide array of activities and the excellent scholars involved, let us show you just as examples an excerpt from the ASCOLA calendar in 2021.

Continue reading “Spot on: Activities of ASCOLA‘s Regional Chapters”

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!