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Brussels Summer School on EU competition law

Competition - Trainings
Date: Monday, 04 September 2017 - Saturday, 09 September 2017

Venue: Contact organisers for location details  |  City: Brussels, Belgium

The structure of the Summer School

Each day will be dedicated to a specific area of EU competition law. It will start with an overview of the subject and its latest developments. The afternoon session will build upon the morning classes and address more specific issues. An evening keynote speech will close the day.

Students will have access to a dedicated intranet through which they will receive reading material in advance (case-law, legislation and articles) as well as the speaker’s slides.

The Summer School has been carefully designed to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of EU competition law as it is currently applied in practice.

The programme is organised under the umbrella of the Institute for European Studies (IEE) and of its competition law workshops “Mardis du droit de la concurrence”. The IEE, founded in 1964, has been at the forefront of the study of EU law for decades and will provide the ideal academic environment for the Summer School. 

The setting of the Summer School in Brussels will create a unique environment that will allow participants in the programme to gain a deeper understanding of EU competition law. The classes are taught by experienced practitioners and officials of the Commission Directorate General for Competition and Legal Service and of the Court of Justice. The small size of the classes will allow for interactive exchanges with the members of the faculty and the other students.

Monday, 4 September 2017 - Article 101 (Horizontal cooperation)

10.00-12.00: Current issues (general overview and recent trends) - Jean-François BELLIS, Van Bael & Bellis, IEE ULB.

14.00-16.00: Exchanges of information: the do’s and don’ts - Angélique DE BROUSSE, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.

16.00-18.00: How to navigate through the leniency and settlement procedures? Practical issues and strategies - Daniel COLGAN, DLA Piper LLP.

19.00: Keynote speech - An introduction to Brexit and competition policy - Nicola PESARESI, Article 50 Task Force of the European Commission.

9 Partners, 2 economists, 5 DG Comp officials, 2 members of the Commission Legal Service, 1 legal secretary from the General Court 

Wednesday, 6 September 2017 - Abuse of dominant position 

10.00-12.00: Current issues (general overview and recent trends) - Alessio ARESU, Latham & Watkins LLP.​

14.00-16.00: The modernisation debate - Martin MARTINEZ-NAVARRO, Legal secretary, General Court.​

16.00-18.00: Exclusivity and loyalty rebates: the Intel case - Adrien GIRAUD, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP.​

19.00: Keynote speech - The Google case - Thomas VINJE, Clifford Chance LLP.

Thursday, 7 September 2017 - Enjoying Brussels and gaining insight

10.00-12.00: Guided tour of the "Palais de Justice": History and architecture. 

12.00-14.00: Brunch in "Les Marolles".

14.00-17.00: Visit of the European History Museum, Brussels.

18.00: Practicing competition law in Brussels - a specialised recruiter's point of view.

Friday, 8 September 2017 - Merger control

10.00-12.00: Current issues (general overview and recent trends) - Michael ROSENTHAL and Götz DRAUZ, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.

14.00-16.00: Specificities of merger control in the telecommunication sector - Cristina SJÖDIN, DG Comp.

16.00-18.00: The role of innovation in the assessment of a merger - Miranda COLE, Covington & Burling LLP.

19.00: Keynote speech - Recent case-law and its implications in merger proceedings - Foad HOSEINIAN and Alan RYAN, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.

Saturday, 9 September 2017 - State aid control

10.00-12.00: General introduction, origins, sources, notion of aid (general), administrative procedure and role of national courts - Jacques DERENNE, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP; University of Liège.

14.00-16.00: Recent developments regarding the existence of an advantage - Sébastien THOMAS, Legal secretary, General Court.

16.00-18.00: Recent developments regarding the selectivity test - Giuseppe CONTE, Commission Legal Service.

18.00: closing reception.




Brussels, Belgium




All Dates

  • From Monday, 04 September 2017 to Saturday, 09 September 2017

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