In a nutshell
e-Competitions Bulletin is an online resource that provides consistent coverage of antitrust cases from 85 jurisdictions, organized into a searchable database structure. e-Competitions Bulletin focuses on case summaries in reaction to a growing number of publications attempting to cover all aspects of antitrust sources in various formats. With regard to the continuing growing number of sources, there is a need for factual information, i.e., case law. Academic analysis and articles can be found in Concurrences Review.
What are e-Competitions strengths ?
– 24 000 case summaries
– 4 500 authors
– 100 countries covered
– 40 000 subscribers
– Partnerships with 26 global law firms and economic consulting firms, 20 national law firms
– Partnerships with 6 universities’ centers of research
– Prestigious Boards members: Eleanor Fox, Frédéric Jenny, Bill Kovacic, Ioannis Lianos, Wouter Wils...
How does e-Competitions compare to existing antitrust publications?
– e-Competitions is structured as a database. The editors - all with academic training in antitrust - draft abstracts and tag each article with keywords in order to ensure the quality of research results. The e-Competitions team comprises both antitrust lawyers – Ph.D. and judge clerks - and IT experts.
– e-Competitions makes comparative law possible. Thanks to the expert editorial work, it is possible to search and compare cases. For example, in 3 clicks you can: > View all squeeze-margin cases in the telecom sector in 85 countries > Compare merger remedies approved by 85 competitions authorities > Compare sanctions imposed in abuses cases in the health sector
– Provides detailed summaries of the most important competition case law and legislation for 100 jurisdictions
– Lays out cases and legislation by country, making comparisons easy
– Analyses the main legal issues arising from each case
– Clarifies how competition law has been applied by the authorities and courts in 100 jurisdictions
– Shows how similar economic and legal issues have been handled by the different national authorities
– Enables research into whether a case raising similar issues has occurred in another jurisdiction and how it was handled
– Articles linked directly to the decision commented: 95 % of articles contain an attachment with the original decision. These documents give subscribers direct access to the original source of the case commented.
– « The e-Competitions initiative has started to fill an important gap, i.e. the building of a corpus of useful information on European national doctrine, legislation, and precedents. » Frédéric Jenny, Chairman of the OECD Competition Committee
– « e-Competitions is an amazing resource. It is THE place to go to find the current jurisprudence of the Member States in virtually every area of competition law. » Eleanor Fox, New York University
– « At the national level, accessing cases on licensing is not quite so convenient, and we have e-Competitions to thank for providing us with the Member States cases discussed in this Foreword » David Anderson, Sidley Austin
– « The e-Competitions bulletins and case bank are very useful tools when doing so. The approach in one jurisdiction can affect other jurisdiction and in international deals which require a number of filings around the world a coherent and co-ordinated international merger control strategy is of paramount importance » Kyriakos Fountoukakos, Herbert Smith
– « This private initiative has filled in an important gap, i.e. the building of a corpus of valuable information on EU and mainly national doctrine, legislation, and precedent. » Assimakis Komninos, White & Case
– « The e-Competitions case summaries are an essential tool for continued awareness of the development of EU law, not only in relation to the Court rulings… The provision of commentaries in e-Competition on the subsequent national court treatment of certain EU rulings is enlightening and provides significant added value to the service. » Barry Rodger, University of Strathclyde
– « e-Competitions’ concept has been very innovative from the start, not only from a technical point of view but also given its extended comparative law approach. Its implementation is impressive with a network of antitrust professionals in numerous States. It has become a very valuable source of information and an indispensable tool for knowledge and consistency for national judges in competition law and economics at national European and international levels, and especially for the members of the European Association of Competition Law Judges. » Jacqueline Riffault-Silk, Cour de cassation - President of the European Association of Competition Law Judges
MORE ON e-COMPETITIONS
The e-Competitions database is dedicated to case summaries and regulations summaries. Each summary contains a description of the case, the provisions implemented and a brief comment. All articles are linked to the text of the case or regulation commented in its original language.
24 000 case summaries on courts and national competition authorities decisions and regulations summaries (as of 1st June 2023). The focus is on national Courts’ decisions, as opposed to competition authorities’ decisions, as these are less accessible on the Internet.
100 jurisdictions covered. Whereas most services focus on either US, EU or UK laws, e-Competitions provides all three, making a truly international one-stop source. This network makes it possible to conduct true comparative analysis on any antitrust issue. This provides search results with national, foreign and EU case laws, which although not always binding, constitute useful precedents.
e-Competitions Bulletin relies on a network of 4 500 antitrust experts: enforcers, academics, private practice attorneys and in-house counsels. These authors and contributors provide e-Competitions with detailed information on national and regional case laws and policy development on a weekly basis. Click here to browse the authors list.
Update and anteriority
The database is updated every week. The current service offers cases and regulations dating back to 1911.
News issues & Special issues
News Issues, published every alternate week, contain between 30 to 50 new articles. Special Issues report all major case summaries published since 1911 on given antitrust topics (Damages, Criminal sanctions, Leniency…) or business sectors (Healthcare, Electricity, Telecommunications, Financial services…). These Special Issues are accompanied with a Foreword or synthesis by a senior expert. See for example:
– Ian Forrester on Judicial Review
– Eric Barbier de la Serre on Interim measures
– Nicolas Petit on Collective dominance
– Stephen Kinsella on Merger Judicial Review
– Louis & Joseph Vogel on the Automobile sector…
Advisory and Editorial Boards
e-Competitions draws upon highly distinguished editors, all leading experts in national or international antitrust. Advisory Board Members include Christopher Bellamy, Eleanor Fox (NYU), Damien Géradin (Tilburg University), Frédéric Jenny (OECD), Ioannis Lianos (UCL), Wouter Wils (DG COMP)… Comments are requested; critics are welcome. See e-Competitions Boards.
As of 1st January 2023, there were over 40 000 subscribers to the Institute’s publications. Visits arise from 165 countries, the top 4 being the USA, UK, Benelux, and France (source: Google Analytics). Analysis of e-Competitions registered users by occupation and localization is as follow:
– Private practice lawyers 30 %
– In-house counsels 25 %
– Enforcers 20 %
– Economists 10 %
– Academics 10 %
– Others 5 %
– Europe 45 %
– America 40 %
– Asia 10 %
– Rest of the world 5 %
EU Competition Handbook: e-Competitions provides the national sections of the EU Competition Handbook, directed by Judge Marc van der Woude, Sweet & Maxwell ed. Full text of the decisions selected by the Handbook’s editors is published in e-Competitions.
Write for e-Competitions
In order to join e-Competitions Bulletin as a person or a firm, contributors need to write at least every three months one case summary on a new decision or regulation for a given jurisdiction. Return on investment includes:
– Being associated with an antitrust resource with leading Academic and Corporate Partners
– Ensuring the presence of signed articles in a major international database fully searchable on the Internet
– Each article entitles to 3-month access to e-Competitions latest issue + free access to the Concurrences lunch seminars
– For more information, see the e-Competitions Authors’ Guidelines
You will find below a video explaining the contents and the functioning of the e-Competitions Bulletin database.