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Friday, September 17, 2010

Competition Law in a Global Context Lecture: Competition Law and Policy in Latin America

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You are invited to a Centre for Law and Economics (Competition, Regulation and Public Policy Section), Competition Law in a Global Context Lecture:  

Competition Law and Policy in Latin America
On Thursday 23 September from 5 ­ 7pm
Moot Court, UCL Faculty of Laws

* Chair: Ioannis Lianos (UCL)
* Paulo Montt (University of Santiago, Partner: Ferrada Nehme)
* Javier Tapia (University College London, OFGEM)
* Julian Pena (University of Buenos Aires, Partner: Allende & Brea)
* Juan David Gutierrez (Universidad Javeriana (Bogotá, Colombia))
* Pablo Marquez (Universidad Javeriana (Bogotá, Colombia))

About this event:
This event will be divided in two parts.

The first part will provide a critical assessment of the enforcement of competition law in some key jurisdictions in Spanish-speaking Latin America focusing on cartel enforcement (in particular leniency policy), abuse of dominance, the intersection of competition law and regulation, merger control, private enforcement (including private actions for antitrust damages).

The second part will discuss horizontal approaches, including convergence and harmonisation of competition laws across Latin America, the influence of European and US models of Competition law (substance and enforcement) and the development of specific Latin American models.

The event will also discuss the following issues:
* The scope of competition law in Latin America: has it expanded? What are the areas that are still exempted from the application of competition law (the ones that tend to be different than in the EU or the US)?
* How are competition law principles integrated in all areas of public action?
* What would competition advocacy achieve in these jurisdictions?
* Is the judicial and regulatory system (institutions) adequate for a sophisticated and economically oriented competition law?
* What is the degree of discretion that is recognized to competition authorities? How due process is preserved? In particular for foreign firms. Suggestions for reforms.
* How does the level of economic development and broader culture affect the application of competition law?

Registration from 4.30pm
Seminar: 5pm
Drinks reception: 7pm

Please sign up online at:

About the Competition Law in a Global Context Speaker Series
Convened by Dr. Ioannis Lianos (UCL), the Competition Law in a Global Context Speaker Series aim to critically examine the evolution of competition law enforcement in several parts of the world. More than 100 jurisdictions have now developed competition law statutes and many actively enforce it. The series will delve into important issues of practical and theoretical importance for practitioners, academics and graduate students interested in the enforcement of competition law in foreign jurisdictions.

Previous talks in the series included US Antitrust Law under an Obama Administration: One year on. A forthcoming talk is Cartels and Corporate Compliance.

The series forms part of UCL's increasing engagement with the study of comparative competition law and global competition law enforcement. The Centre for Law and Economics (Public Policy Section) at UCL has signed a research partnership agreement with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and members of UCL faculty participate actively to the work of the International Competition Network (ICN).

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