CONFERENCE: COMPETITION POLICY - EVOLUTIONS - GOALS

Introductory report (Towards a new competition law? Lyon, May 28th, 2015)

The conference that took place in Lyon on May 28th 2015 dealt with the future of competition law. Competition law appears framed by specific categories depending on clearly defined outlines and goals to be fulfilled. However, since the order of December 1st, 1986, legislative, decisional and case law evolutions have led to confuse these outlines and goals’ borders. Other branches of law arise in competition law. Other goals also appear more and more fulfilled beside the sole competition protection, as particularly shown by dispositions adopted for market regulation. Then, questions arise from the current and future status of competition laws.

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. 1. There is some paradox in entrusting the introduction of a colloquium entitled "Towards a new competition law" to someone who has only known and practised the old one! 2. The latter had two distinct components. One, which was very old, was the general theory of unfair competition. This jurisprudential construction dating back to the nineteenth century was composed of a multitude of decisions which, over the years, had sanctioned professionals, most often traders, who had engaged in unfair conduct which had caused damage to their competitors and for which the latter were claiming compensation. 3. Indeed, it is on article 1382 of the Civil Code that this

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Jacques Azema, Introductory report (Towards a new competition law? Lyon, May 28th, 2015), February 2016, Concurrences N° 1-2016, Art. N° 77379, www.concurrences.com

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