Competition Law and Sustainability Conference 2019

Co-organised by Dr Tomaso Ferrando (Bristol) and Ayse Gizem Yasar (Sciences Po)

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8:30 – Registration and Coffee

9:00 – Opening Remarks

9:15-10:00 – Opening Keynote by Prof Anna Gerbrandy (Utrecht) (25 minutes keynote and 20 minutes Q&A)

10:00-12:00 – Merger Control – panel moderated by Ayse Gizem Yasar

Labour Market Considerations and Merger Analysis: Addressing the Missing Link in the EU Merger Control Framework – Vasiliki Fasoula (Paris II)

Integrating Environmental Sustainability into the Common Ownership Debate – Andrew McLean (UCL)

Public Interest in Merger Control as a Potential Instrument of Realization of Socio-Environmental Goals – Kamil Bulakowski (Kozminski)

Mega Mergers in the Seeds & Agro-Chem Industry: Nipping the Seeds of Innovation (& Sustainability) in the Bud? – Dr Kalpana Tyagi (Center for Legal Informatics, Aarhus Universitet)

Challenging the Priorities in Merger Control: A Proposal to Include Sustainability Concerns in the Equation – Baris Yuksel (ACTECON), Elif Berktas Yuksel (Bilkent and ReSimple) & Dr Zeynep Kilickaya Kapanoglu (TED University & ReSimple)

12:00-13:30 – Lunch Keynote by Christophe Alliot (Le Basic), Dr Tomaso Ferrando and Ayse Gizem Yasar & Lunch

13:30-15:15 – Agreements – panel moderated by Assoc Prof Julian Nowag (Lund)

Acceptable Cartels? The Example of Environmental Agreements – Dr Or Brook (Leeds)

Animal Welfare and Industrial Relations – Asst Prof Francisco Costa Cabral (TILEC)

Overcoming False Choices and Distorted Decisions – Incorporating Societal Benefits under Article 101 TFEU – Asst Prof Eva van der Zee (Hamburg)

A Company’s Guide to Environmental Action – Alexandra Teorell (Lund)

15:15-15:30 – Coffee break

15:30-17:15 – Competition and Sustainability – Broader Perspectives – panel moderated by Asst Prof Claudio Lombardi (KIMEP)

The Right-to-Repair Movement vs EU Competition Law – Fighting the Final Boss or Tilting at Windmills? – Miriam Imarhiagbe (Binder Grösswang Rechtsanwälte)

Sustainability Certification and the Social Pluralism of Competition Law – Klaas Hendrik Eller (Humboldt-University of Berlin)

Competition Law and Inequality – Amit Zac (University of Oxford)

Sustainability Oriented Competition Law: A Heterodox Consideration – Aleksandar Stojanovic (Turin & Ghent)

17:15-18:00 – Final Keynote by Assoc Prof Angela Wigger (Radboud) “EU competition policy and the urgent need for alternatives: Let’s start with taking labour out of the equation!” (25 minutes keynote and 20 minutes Q&A)

18:00-18:30 – Closing remarks

18:30-19:30 – Refreshments