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:

Recent events:


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




74th GCLC Lunch Talk:

New Challenges for fiscal aids: Tax rulings are back, Brussels 20 April 2015. Speakers:  Humbert Drabbe, Former Director, DG COMP, European Commission; Michel Petite, Clifford Chance. Moderator: Massimo Merola, President of the GCLC.



73rd GCLC Lunch Talk:

Joint and several liability for cartel fines: Lessons from Gigaset and Siemens Austria, Brussels 19 March 2015. Speakers:  Onno Brouwer, Freshfields; Ralf Sauer, Legal Service European Commisison. Moderator: Bernd Meyring, Linklaters, GCLC.



The Centre of European Law of the Dickson Poon School of Law and the Global Competition Law Center of the College of Europe are pleased to invite you to attend the conference:  Which public support for a New European Energy Union? A debate on the current State aid rules and policy

 London, 2 March 2015





 72th GCLC Lunch Talk:

The internal Energy market: new State aid guidelines and beyond, Brussels 16 January 2015. Speakers:  Elisabetta RIGHINI, Visiting professor King's College, Lorenzo COPPI, Compass Lexecon.

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71th GCLC Lunch Talk:

Article 101 TFEU: the object/effect conundrum after the Cartes bancaires ruling, Brussels 24 November 2014. Speakers:  Felix RONKES-AGERBEEK, EU Commission Legal Service, Javier RUIZ CALZADO, Latham&Watkins



10th Annual Conference of the GCLC:

10 Years of Regulation 1/2003: challenges and reform, Brussels 6 & 7 November 2014

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9th GCLC Evening Policy Talk:

The Intel Judgement and the Administrability of the Effects-based Approach, Brussels 29 September 2014. Speaker:  Massimo MOTTA

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70th GCLC Lunch Talk:

The New Wave of Concentrations in the Telecommunications Sector: Merger Control Issues and Remedies, Brussels 15 July 2014. Speakers:  Michele PIERGIOVANNI, DG COMP, Thomas WESSELY, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.Moderator: Damien Gerard, Professor and Counsel  

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69th GCLC Lunch Talk:

The Revised Competition Regime for Technology Transfer Agreements (TTBER) - Brussels, Thursday 26 June 2014). Speakers: Mr Luc PEEPERKORN & Mrs Anna VERNET (DG COMP), Mr Jérôme VAN BIERVLIET (VIB Life Sciences Research Institute). 

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Third Decentralised Lunch Talk - Poland

On 9 May 2014, the GCLC will organise the third "decentralised" lunch in partnership (Poland). 

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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)