Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Consumers’ participation rights in competition law procedures

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

Please note that the workshop, originally planned on Friday, 16 April, 2010, has been postponed to 8 October 2010.

This workshop will analyze the administrative procedures in EC competition law as they were designed back in 1962 and how they were changed as a result of landmark cases from the European courts during the 1990s. The core aspect of the workshop is to scrutinize the procedural model of tripartite distinction between undertakings, the holders of a "legitimate interest" and holders of a "sufficient interest".

In particular, in the light of recent legislative reforms (Regulation 1/2003 and the modernization package) and case law developments (Österreichische Postparkasse and VKI), the workshop will inquire whether adversarial inter partes procedures are an appropriate model to serve the substantive interests that competition law rules are intended to pursue.

The workshop will further scrutinize whether and how this procedural model aligns with the present patchwork of various enforcement methods of EC competition law. For example, how consumers' participation rights relate with leniency applications, commitments and in particular, with private enforcement as an alternative avenue of redress.

The workshop is organized with support of the Amsterdam Centre for Law and Economics and the Foundation Europa Instituut.

Speakers & Chair

  • Chair: Prof. Deirdre Curtin, ACELG, University of Amsterdam 
  • Prof. Gareth Davies, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
  • Prof. Lorenzo Pace, University of Molise, Italy
  • Mr. Michael Albers, Hearing Officer, European Commission
  • Mr. David M. Ortega Peciña, BEUC - The European Consumer's Organisation & OCU - Organizacion de Consumidores y Usarios
  • Mr. Onno Brouwer, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Amsterdam
  • Dr. Joana Mendes, Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance
  • Dr. Kati Cseres, Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance & Amsterdam Centre for Law and Economics


Download here the programme.

Date and Venue

Friday, 8 October 2010
University of Amsterdam, Room to be announced

Contact and Registration

Participation in the conference is free of charge. For organizational reasons, we ask you to register, using the Conference Registration Form below.

For more information, or any questions you might have, please send an email to

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