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Call for papers: The Public Interest-Defense in Cartel Offenses, December 12th, 2013, University of Amsterdam

The Public Interest-Defense in Cartel Offenses

December 12th, 2013

University of Amsterdam


Keynote Speakers:

Giorgio Monti (EUI Florence)

Gareth Myles (University of Exeter)

Ilse van der Haar (ACM)

This year's ACLE Competition & Regulation Meeting focuses on the weighing of public interests in the assessment of competition cases, in particular the cartel prohibition. Competition authorities are increasingly expected to consider other public interests than just competition in their competition decisions, including quality of the health care system, the environment, and living conditions of farm animals. The Dutch ACM stated to be receptive to cartels arguing the collusive production of public interests in defense of cartel overcharges. Apart from the question whether this Dutch initiative is compatible with EU competition law, how in practice will any gain in public interests be weighed against the anti-competitive effects of a cartel? The discussion on these fundamental issues raised by the Dutch initiative is introduced by Ilse van der Haar (ACM), Giorgio Monti (EUI Florence) and Gareth Myles (University of Exeter).

Call for Papers

Academics, private practitioners and competition officials, both with a legal and an economic background, are encouraged to submit their research for inclusion in the conference program. We welcome all original research (in progress) related to the topic.

Submissions (full papers or abstracts) may be sent together with the author’s contact details to:

The deadline for submission is November 1st, 2013.
Decisions on acceptance to the program will be communicated by mid November. 


The scientific program committee, which consists of Maarten Pieter Schinkel (chair), Saskia Lavrijssen and Lukas Toth, will produce a full day program based on the response to this call. 


More Information

For more information, please visit the ACLE conference website:


Relevant information on the preliminary program, registration, fees and accommodation will be posted on this website as we progress towards the conference date.

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