Global Competition Law Centre

The Global Competition Law Centre (GCLC) of the College of Europe aims at promoting cutting-edge research in competition law and economics.

Unlike traditional research centres, the GCLC is not a brick and mortar organization. It has no physical presence on the campus of the College of Europe. It disseminates ideas and promotes research through its website. In addition, the GCLC benefits from a large network of competition professionals, built through the organization of regular activities in Europe and elsewhere.

Since its inception in January 2004, the GCLC has gained credentials as a high level discussion forum for academics, practitioners, and enforcement officers in the competition field across the world.

The GCLC regularly organizes conferences, publishes books and hosts a working papers series. In addition, the GCLC awards a yearly prize for the best dissertation in competition law and policy written at the College of Europe.


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Forthcoming events:

10th Evening Policy Talk of the GCLC:  The State of U.S. Antitrust Enforcement , Brussels 7 June 2016,  with 

Donald I. BAKER, founding partner at Baker & Mill, former Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust at the U.S. Department of Justice

Albert FOER, founder and former President of the American Antitrust Institute

Eleanor M. FOX, Walter J. Derenberg Professor of Trade Regulation at New York University School of Law 

Diane P. WOOD, Chief Judge, US Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit



Competition Policy at the Intersection of Equity and Efficiency: Honoring the Scholarship of Eleanor Fox. Brussels (Bibliothèque Solvay), 8 June 2016.





Recent events:

81th GCLC Lunch Talk:

The ECN+ Initiative: Outcome and Challenges of the Commission Consultation on the Empowerment of NCAs' , Brussels, 28th April 2016. Speakers: Eddy De Smijter, DG COMP; Guido Lobrano, Legal Affairs, Business Europe; Markus Röhrig, Hengeler Mueller.

Position paper Business Europe

Slides M. Röhrig

Slides De Smijter

80th GCLC Lunch Talk:

EU Competition Law Enforcement and the Legacy of Ordo-liberalism: Myths and Realities, Brussels, 4th April 2016. Speakers: Christian Ahlborn, Linklaters; Pierre Larouche, Tilburg University; Vincent Verouden, E.CA Economics.

Slides Ahlborn

Slides Larouche



79th GCLC Lunch Talk:

Assessing unilateral effects in horizontal mergers: closeness of competition and the role of bidding data, Brussels, 14 March 2016. Speakers: Daniel Coublucq, DG COMP; Sascha Schubert, Freshfields; David Spector, Paris School of Economics, MAPP.

Presentation S. Schubert

Presentation D. Coublucq


11th GCLC Annual Conference: The Notion of Restriction of Competition: Revisiting the Foundations of Antitrust enforcement in Europe, Brussels, 1/2 February 2016.





78th GCLC Lunch Talk:

The Legal Status of Rebates after PostDanmark II, Brussels, 30 October 2015. Speakers: Nicholas Khan, Legal Service, European Commission; Pablo Imanez-Colomo, London School of Economics. Moderator: Denis Waelbroeck, Ashurst LLP.



GCLC-King's College Half-Day Conference: Capacity Mechanisms in Europe. The Fundamental issues behind the ongoing sector inquiry, Brussels, 28 September 2015.

Presentation C. Batlle

Presentation J. Carstairs

Presentation R. Cohen

Presentation M. Hogan

Presentation F. Roques

Presentation A. Villa



77th GCLC Lunch Talk:

Competition Enforcement in the Time of Big Data: Myths and Realities, Brussels, 14 September 2015. Speakers: Sophie Moonen, DG COMP, European Commission; Miranda Cole, Covington; Matthew Bennett, CRA. Moderator: Damien Gerard, GCLC.


76th GCLC Lunch Talk:

Seven Years of Settlement Decisions: an appraisal after the TIMAB judgment, Brussels, 29 June 2015. Speakers: Flavio Laina, DG COMP, European Commission; Stephen Spinks, Sidley Austin LLP. Moderator: Denis Waelbroeck, Arshurst LLP.



75th GCLC Lunch Talk:

The E-Commerce Sector Inquiry: What, Why and How?, Bruxelles, 22 mai 2015. Speakers: Thomas KRAMLER, DG COMP, Commission Européenne; James Webber, Shearman & Sterling




On behalf of the GCLC and in particular of the members of the Executive Committee, I am pleased to announce the appointment of a new management team.
Damien Gerard will take over as new Director of the GCLC shortly after the summer break, as soon as his appointment is approved by the College of Europe’s Academic Council, and Bettina Volpi has been appointed as Executive Secretary effective as 15 June 2014, succeeding to respectively Nicolas Petit and Tarik Hennen.
The GCLC is convinced that the new team will successfully continue the excellent work performed by the previous team and bring the GCLC to new frontiers.
The GCLC is very grateful to Nicolas Petit and Tarik Hennen for their tremendous contribution and their commitment. Nicolas will continue to be associated to GCLC activities in the future.
Looking forward to seeing you soon on the occasion of our next events.
Massimo Merola
(President of the GCLC)





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