Does Competition Law Need an Update for Online Markets? Hot Topics, Trends and Perspectives in Competition Policy

BY Maggie Clark
November 28, 2017

On November 30, CCIA, the European Competition and Regulatory Law Review (CoRe) and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) will host a joint conference discussing some of today’s most frequently asked questions: Does competition law enforcement require an update for online markets? How well does enforcement work in internet markets and is there a need to get better at factoring in the ‘multi-sidedness’ of many online business models?

Renowned competition law experts from the European Commission, national competition authorities, industry, private practice and academia will come to together for this full-day event to discuss current developments. Panel topics include:

  • Enforcing the Rules in Internet Markets – Challenges and Complexities 

    The panel will address the effectiveness of enforcement in Internet markets and the extent to which established competition law concepts work in multi-sided settings.

  • The Future of E-Commerce – What Follows from the E-Commerce Sector Inquiry and Relevant Cases? 

    The panel will discuss the impact of the sector inquiry and whether competition enforcement can lead to a more inclusive e-commerce landscape.

  • Neutrality, Equal Treatment and Fairness – New ‘Gold Standards’ under Article 102 TFEU? 

    The panel will discuss where to draw the proper line between product innovation and market foreclosure against the background of high profile investigations like Google Shopping.

  • Current Hot Topics: Algorithms, Big Data and Privacy – Should these be Competition Concerns at all? 

    New, emerging debates come with new calls for a rethink of existing rules. The panel will discuss whether these calls are justified or not.

The complete program is available for download here.

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