Thursday, September 22, 2016
I am writing to you in my new role as the President of ASCOLA. ASCOLA is in international organization of competition law scholars (see http://www.ascola.org/). It was founded 11 years ago by Prof. Josef Drexl, and since then has increased its membership to approximately 350 members worldwide. While many members are European, many others come from all other parts of the world, whose main interest and occupation is the research of competition law issues. Unfortunately U.S. participation is still limited, but I hope to change this in my time as President. Some AAI members (including Bert and John Kwoka) have already joined, and I hope they will second me that it is well worth their time.
What does ASCOLA have to offer? It offers a unique opportunity to meet established competition law scholars from around the world. In one conference, you can meet many interesting scholars that you might not have come across otherwise, which might offer different points of view on shared topics. It also offers an environment in which competition law issues are discussed at a high level among scholars and researchers. This is mainly done though its yearly conference (this year in Stockholm, Sweden on June 15-17, 2017, with a focus on digital markets), and several more local events. Hopefully in the near future digital discussion groups will also be created.
How to join? ASCOLA membership is based on academic achievements in the fields of competition law and regulation. To join one can download an application form and send it along with the CV to me. The application is then approved by the board.
I invite the competition law scholars among you to join! If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me,
-- Prof. Michal S. Gal, S.J.D Director of the Forum for Law and Markets
Faculty of Law, University of Haifa
President, International Academic Society of Competition Law Scholars (ASCOLA) Mount Carmel, Haifa 31905, Israel Tel: 972-4-825-3865 Fax: 972-4-824-0681 http://weblaw.haifa.ac.il/en/faculty/gal/pages/home.aspx SSRN page: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=163287