Thursday, July 3, 2014
What makes a conference great? There are a number of factors in my mind:
1. Good topics,
2. Good presenters,
3. A mix of academics, government enforcers, and practitioners from in-house, law firms and economics consulting firms,
4. Opportunities for meaningful conversation outside of the conference setting such as breakfast, drinks, etc. where the organizers have made an attempt to foster such interaction, and
5. Nice location.
I have been to a number of such conferences (last year's GCR Live in Miami Beach stands out). One of the less well known gems of this variety is an annual conference I attended last weekend at Oxford sponsored by the Oxford Centre for Competition Law and Policy with the Journal of Antitrust Enforcement (editors Bill Kovacic and Ariel Ezrachi).
I include some pictures from the conference.