3rd Expert Dialogue Regulatory Framework for the Digital Economy

The 3rd Expert Dialogue Regulatory Framework for the Digital Economy takes place in Bonn on the 4th November 2016 from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm. This event implements the aim of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology to create a platform for an objective and academic debate about the demand and the options for enhancements of the regulatory framework for the digital economy. The main focus of this dialogue lies on the reform of the regulatory framework for electronic communication and the respective draft of the European Commission, COM(2016) 590. Particular emphasis is put on the design of future regulation, the importance of infrastructural improvements for sector-specific regulation, the creation of a level-playing-field for providers of electronic communication services on the one hand and OTT-providers on the other, and the allocation of competences and responsibilities between national and European level.


MaCCI Law and Economics Conference

The annual MaCCI Law and Economics Conference on the topic „Cartel Damages in Europe: The New Framework after the Directive“ will take place in the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim. The aim of this year's conference is to provide an international discussion platform enabling a professional exchange between academics, government and business representatives. Registrations are possible until the 1st November 2016.


MaCCI Director Thomas Fetzer Joins International Project on Antitrust Law in China, Europe and the U.S.

International businesses often face a bewildering variety of laws that vary widely from country to country. With fines in the area of antitrust law sometimes approaching or exceeding $1 billion, global companies are calling for more research into what constitutes good antitrust enforcement practices.

To address these challenges, MaCCI has joined a project led by Penn Law’s Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition (CTIC), with Penn Law professors Christopher Yoo and Jonathan Klick, and Wharton professor Joseph Harrington to launch a three-year study comparing antitrust law in China, Europe, and the United States. MaCCI director Professor Thomas Fetzer will examine competition law in the EU. Professor Huang Yong, the Director of the Competition Law Centre of the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), and Professor Guobin Cui, Director of the Center for Intellectual Property at the Tsinghua University School of Law, will evaluate Chinese anti-monopoly law.

The first year will focus on whether current administrative enforcement practices satisfy the demands of procedural fairness and the rule of law. Financial support for the project is being provided by Google, Microsoft, and Qualcomm.

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CeLPU 13th Annual International Conference

The Center for Law & Public Utilities (CeLPU) of the Seoul National University Law School hosted its 13th Annual International Conference on the topic „Innovation in Science and Technology and Economic Regulation“ on 22nd and 23th September 2016. Professor Fetzer illustrated to the international audience the area of tension between innovation and regulation from a continental European perspective with particular focus on the digital economy.