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Monday, August 1, 2011

Call for Papers: Antitrust and the Economic Crisis

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

The Italian annual journal CONCORRENZA E MERCATO invites submissions of full papers for publication in the Journal’s coming issue (2012). Contributions should reflect on

Overview of the topic:
The present economic crisis shows some signs of abating but its full effects have yet to be felt. The repercussions that economic crises have had on antitrust, both in Europe and other jurisdictions, have been examined in the past but merit a fresh look in view of what appears to be a more hard‐line approach by competition authorities in the current crisis. This for example is evidenced by the words of the former EU Commissioner for Competition Neelie Kroes, who said that competition law was part of the solution to the current economic problems, and by the enforcement action of DG Competition in the face of state aids to banks.

The journal seeks contributions that confront the role that competition law plays in economic crises. We welcome papers that consider this either with an analysis of the way the current law addresses the crises, or with a historical perspective on how competition law has responded in times of crisis; and papers with a national, regional, or a global focus; as well as papers that consider this issue from a wider
theoretical perspective.

Another angle from which we would like to invite contributions is that the current economic crisis is not impacting all countries in the same way and that some (e.g. China) are seeing a period of growth: what are the implications of this uneven economic development on competition law, domestically and internationally?

Completed papers shall be submitted via email to the editorial staff (Fabio Di Cristina and Marilena Filippelli) via email at
by December 31, 2011 (see note).

Authors will be notified of acceptance by February 28, 2012 and will be asked to submit the final version of the paper, taking into account the comments of referees and editors, by April 30, 2012.

Submitted papers should not have been published by, or be in submission to another journal.

A selection of papers will be presented at the annual conference of CONCORRENZA E MERCATO to be held in May 2012. Fully edited papers will be published in the 2012

The Board of Directors (Gustavo Ghidini, Piergaetano Marchetti, Marcello Clarich, Fabiana Di Porto) and members of the Scientific and Editorial Board (Laura Ammannati, Sandro Amorosino, Emanuela Arezzo, Francesco Denozza, Joseph Drexl,
Valeria Falce, Alberto Maria Gambino, Mario Libertini, Pier Giuseppe Monateri, Giorgio Monti, Giulio Napolitano, Antonio Nicita, Anthony Ogus, Gustavo Olivieri, Ugo Pagano, Pier Luigi Parcu, Roberto Pardolesi, Alberto Pera, Riccardo Perissich, Luigi Prosperetti, Mario Siragusa, Andrea Stazi, Marina Tavassi, Giuseppe Tesauro, Richard Whish) will select the works and appoint referees.

Papers can be either in Italian, English, Spanish or French (other languages may be accepted upon approval of the Scientific and Editorial Board).

CONCORRENZA E MERCATO also welcomes contributions on competition law and economics dealing with issues others than that of the present Call for papers. By December 31, 2011 these contributions should be submitted to be anonymously peer reviewed in view to be published in the forthcoming issue of the Journal.


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