Institute

The Institute of Competition Law is a publishing company, founded in 2004 by Nicolas Charbit, PhD with offices in New York and Paris.

The Institute cultivates scholarship and discussion on antitrust issues through publications and conferences. Each publication and event is supervised by editorial boards and scientific or steering committees to ensure independence, objectivity and academic excellence. The Institute has become one of the few think tanks in Europe to have significant influence on antitrust policies.

The aim of this page is to outline the Institute’s DNA, underlining core differences with other think tanks and publishers. Users will find other relevant information on the Institute’s publications and events here:
- Concurrences Review
- e-Competitions Bulletin
- Events

Aim

The Institute attracts government, business and academic attention to a broad range of subjects relating to competition law, regulations and industrial economics. This focus on the antitrust field allows the Institute to combine legal expertise with political acumen.

Boards and Committees

To maintain its unique focus, the Institute relies on highly distinguished editors, all leading experts in national or international antitrust law. Each publication has its own Scientific Committee and Editorial Board. Editors include leading voices in competition law such as: Bill Kovacic, Mario Monti, Wouter Wils, Eleanor Fox, Barry Hawk, Laurence Idot, Fred Jenny Committee and Board members play an active role in editorial policy. We welcome comments and criticism. See the e-Competitions Committees, the Concurrences Committees.

Authors

A network of 3,500 authors and contributors provides the Institute with detailed analysis of regional, national and international case law. These are all antitrust experts: enforcers, academics, private practice lawyers, or in-house counsels. The author network covers a spectrum of 45 jurisdictions, making the Institute’s publications a unique and truly international resource. See for example the e-Competitions authors team, the Concurrences authors team.

Partners

The Institute has a number of major partners:

- Academic partners: Antitrust research centres at leading universities provide Concurrences and e-Competitions with regular contributions. Academics from these centres are regular keynote speakers at the Institute’s events.

- Law firms: International law firms and antitrust niche firms write detailed case summaries specifically for e-Competitions. Selected contributions that meet our editorial standards may be republished. These law firms partner with the Institute for public conferences or leverage its expertise to host their own internal events (see Partners’ list).

- Online database publishers: Some of the Institute’s publications are licensed to leading legal publisher Wolters Kluwer. This ensures highly effective dissemination of selected articles and advanced Google ranking for the authors, law firms and academic centres concerned. The Institute retains the use of proprietary advanced search tools, user-friendly layout, and fuller versions of articles for its own subscribers.

Conferences

Since 2004, the Institute has held more than 150 events – conferences, lunch meetings, in-house seminars or private dinners – in Brussels, London, Paris, New York, Singapore and Washington DC. Some of these events have helped to shape antitrust policies. Most have been published. See our key events.

- Annual conferences: Each year, the Institute holds 4 international conferences:

  • Minister of the Economy, Paris, chaired by Frédéric Jenny and Laurence Idot
  • New York University, New York, chaired by Eleanor Fox and Harry First
  • George Washington University, Washington DC, chaired by Bill Kovacic
  • George Mason University, Washington DC, chaired by Douglas Ginsburg and Joshua Wright

- Monthly Law & Economics Workshop: The Law & Economics Seminar consists of 10 lunch talks – 1 per month – with 5 leading economic consultants and 10 lawyers, aimed at training in-house counsels in the fundamentals of industrial economics. Brussels and Paris.

- Monthly Competition Law Procedure Workshop: The Competition Law Procedure Seminar consists of 10 lunch talks – 1 per month – with 10 leading practitioners aimed at sharing with in-house counsels the fundamentals of competition law procedure. Paris only.

- Dinners: Private dinners bring together up to 25 experts – in-house lawyers and private practitioners – together with an enforcer wishing to share new points of views with a limited number of participants. Chatham rules stricly apply. Paris, Brussels, London, Washington, New York, Singapore.

Books

The Institute publishes the Concurrences series, directed by Prof. Laurence Idot. These comprise the proceedings of the annual conferences, the Concurrences Award thesis, the annual Competition Digest, Festschrift such as "Bill Kovacic Liber Amicorum - An Antitrust Tribute" and and various books by academics and practitioners. These books are proposed in both print and electronic versions. See all books.

PhD Award

In order to promote excellence in antitrust law and law and economics research, the Institute annually awards the Concurrences Award to the most innovative PhD thesis. The Award is under the supervision of a 4 to 5 member Steering Committee comprising academics, enforcers and one business or law firm sponsor. Read more on the next Phd Award.

Antitrust Writing Awards

The aim of the Antitrust Writing Awards is to contribute to competition advocacy, and more generally, to promote competition scholarship. The Awards achieve this aim by selecting the best articles published in the antitrust or law & economics fields thanks to a Board and Steering Committees composed of the most worldwide known academics, counsels and enforcers. See the Antitrust Writing Awards website.