History of ASCOLA

ASCOLA, the Academic Society for Competition Law, was founded in Munich, at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, in 2003. Professor Josef Drexl, director of the Max Planck Institute, became ASCOLA’s first chair. Ascola was established as a non-profit association under German law (“eingetragener Verein”).

Founding members of ASCOLA

  • Jürgen Basedow (Hamburg),
  • Peter Behrens (Hamburg),
  • Ulf Bernitz (Stockholm),
  • Beatriz Conde Gallego (Munich),
  • Josef Drexl (Munich),
  • Stefan Enchelmaier (Munich),
  • Andreas Heinemann (Lausanne),
  • Clifford A. Jones (Gainesville),
  • Tsvetana Kamenova (Sofia),
  • Ernst-Joachim Mestmäcker (Hamburg),
  • Joël Monéger (Paris),
  • Karl-Nikolaus Peifer (Bochum),
  • Junko Shibata (Kagawa),
  • Luboš Tichy (Prague),
  • Hanns Ullrich (Florence),
  • Gabriela von Wallenberg (Regensburg) and
  • Wang Xiaoye (Bejing).

ASCOLA Conferences

In the following years after founding the association, ASCOLA organised conferences and workshops in different places around the world. Some of the conference papers were presented as books in the ASCOLA series with publisher Edward Elgar.

Here is a list of conferences:

No. Year Place Local Organisers
1 2004 Florence, Italy Hanns Ullrich
2 2006 Paris, France Laurence Idot, Joël Monéger
3 2008 Zurich, Switzerland Roger Zäch, Andreas Heinemann, Andreas Kellerhals
4 2009 Washington D.C., USA Warren S. Grimes, Clifford A. Jones, Rudolph J.R. Peritz, Edward T. Swaine
5 2010 Bonn, Germany Daniel Zimmer
6 2011 London, UK Richard Whish, Chris Townley
7 2012 Sao Paolo, Brazil Vicente Bagnoli
8 2013 Lecce, Italy Fabiana di Porto
9 2014 Warsaw, Poland Tadeusz Skoczny
10 2015 Tokyo, Japan Iwakazu Takahashi
11 2016 Leiden, The Netherlands Pieter Van Cleynenbreugel
12 2017 Stockholm, Sweden Bjorn Lundqvist
13 2018 New York, USA Harry First
14 2019 Aix-en-Provence, France David Bosco
15 2020 Virtual Conference Michal Gal, Peter Picht, Rupprecht Podszun
16 2021 Virtual Conference Michal Gal, Peter Picht, Rupprecht Podszun

You can find various videos from the 2020 Conference on YouTube.

Impressions from past ASCOLA conferences

Members of the Executive Board of ASCOLA

The day-to-day business of the Academic Society for Competition Law is run by an Executive Board of three, the President, the Vice-President and the Treasurer. Of course, they are supported by the Board of ASCOLA. The board is elected by the members.

Presidents of Ascola

  • Josef Drexl (2003-2013)
  • Paul Nihoul (2013-2016)
  • Michal Gal (since 2016)

Vice Presidents of Ascola

  • Joël Monéger (2003-2015)
  • Daniel Zimmer (2015-2016)
  • Heike Schweitzer (2016-2019)
  • Rupprecht Podszun (since 2019)

Treasurers of Ascola

  • Beatriz Conde (2003-2011)
  • Rupprecht Podszun (2011-2017)
  • Axel Walz (2017-2019)
  • Peter Picht (since 2019)

Award for Distinguished Services to ASCOLA

Outstanding members of ASCOLA who served the community particularly well may be honoured with an award that recognises their special contribution. The Award for Distinguished Services to ASCOLA, established in 2013, was presented to the following persons:

  • Eleanor Fox (2015)
  • Hanns Ullrich (2016)
  • Joël Monéger (?)
  • Tadeusz Skoczny (2019)

ASCOLA Best Junior Paper Award

Members presenting papers at ASCOLA conferences may win the Best Junior Paper Award if they are under the age of 35. This award, established in 2013, was won by the following scholars:

  • Konstantina Bania (2017)
  • John Newman (2018)
  • Viktoria Robertson (2019)
  • Andrew McLean (2020)
  • Xingyu Yan (2021)