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University of Florida
Levin College of Law

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

CCP 16th Annual Conference Vertical Relations and Platforms Updating for the Digital Dimension

CCP 16th Annual Conference

Vertical Relations and Platforms

Updating for the Digital Dimension

8-10 July | Online | Free to Attend

CCP’s annual conference is a flagship event for fostering exchanges between professionals, policymakers and academic researchers.  This year’s topic focuses on vertical relations and platforms. The conference will be fully online.
At this conference, you can be informed by a diverse set of voices, including:


Pinar Akman (University of Leeds)
Andrea Appella (Netflix)
Dirk Auer (ICLE)
Sally Broughton Micova (CCP)
Cristina Caffarra, CRA
Giuseppe Colangelo (University of Basilicata)
Daniele Condorelli (University of Warwick)
Fabien Curto Millet (Google)
Mike Cragg (Brattle)
Elias Deutscher (CCP)
Sean Ennis (CCP)
Amelia Fletcher (CCP)
Eliana Garces (Facebook)
Damien Geradin (CCP)
Inge Graef (Tilburg University)
Ben Harries (Ofcom)
Gabor Koltay (DG Competition)
Kai-Uwe Kühn (CCP)
Leonardo Madio (Toulouse School of Economics)
Simon McDougal (ICO)
Pierre Régibeau (DG Comp)
Greg Taylor (University of Oxford)
Thibaud Vergé (ENSAE ParisTech)
Mike Walker (CMA)

Vertical relationships and platforms have always been a complex area within competition policy. Some aspects of agreements can be anti-competitive but new vertical structures can also have strong positive benefits, and authorities therefore need to strike a careful balance. The rapid growth of the digital economy, and especially the development of large online platforms, raises major new challenges for this assessment. The topics covered will relate to platforms, ecosystems and various types of agreements involving platforms and other businesses. The discussions should prove of interest for academics, policymakers and practitioners.
Our Annual Conference will provide a valuable insight into this panoply of issues, and related ones, from a variety of academic and policy-making perspectives. It will do so at a crucial time, given the impending review of the EU vertical agreements block exemption regulation and guidelines and the forthcoming CMA report on digital advertising. At CCP we adopt a position of academic neutrality, and as such seek to present a balanced and informed position on the issues discussed.
The conference should be of interest to academics, policymakers and practitioners with an interest in cutting edge economic and legal thinking on digital platforms from a competition and consumer policy perspective.

This year’s conference will be online, and will be comprised of three two-hour sessions, one per day on 8/9/10 July. Sessions will run 15:00 – 17:00 in London time, 16:00-18:00 in Brussels and 10:00-12:00 in Washington, DC. Exceptionally, registration is complimentary this year. If you wish to attend, please complete the registration at the link. The number of participants will be limited, so please register soon.

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