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 event:

Third Decentralised Lunch Talk - Poland

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

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Recent events Forthcoming events:

Second Decentralised Lunch Talk - Italy

On 3 April 2014, the GCLC organised the second "decentralised" lunch in partnership with Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato and Associazione Antitrust Italiana (in Rome). 

68th Lunch Talk

The 2014 Communication on the Notion of State Aid:Tracking Down Where the Modernisation Lies (Bruxelles, jeudi 20 mars 2014). 

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Half-Day Conference - Celebrating the Ten Years of the Global Competition Law Centre

Preliminary Rulings in EU Antitrust Law  

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67th Lunch Talk

The Commission's Decision in Agean/Olympic Air - Merger to Monopoly Clearance under the Failing Firm Defence (Tuesday 17 December 2013)

Speakers:  Mr. Stephan SIMON (Deputy Head of Unit, DG COMP), Mr. Benoît DURAND (RBB Economics) and

Mr. Axel GUTERMUTH (Arnold & Porter).

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First Decentralised Lunch Talk - France

On 29 November 2013, the GCLC will organise a "decentralised" lunch in partnership with the "Autorité de la concurrence" (in Paris). 

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9th Annual Conference of the GCLC: Antitrust Damages in EU Law and Policy

This year's conference is dedicated to antitrust damages in EU law and policy. 

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Half-Day Conference

On 12 July 2013, the GCLC will hold a half-day conference on: EU Merger Control in Review – Taking Stock.

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Eight Evening Policy Talk - Kai-Uwe KÜHN

On 18 July 2013, Mr. Kai-Uwe KÜHN has kindly accepted to share with us retrospective (and possibly prospective) thoughts on the role of the Chief Economist in the practice of EU competition law.

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Sixty-Sixth Lunch Talk

Recovery of Unlawful State Aid and the Insolvency Rules: in Need of Greater Flexibility? (Monday 24 June 2013).

Speakers: Mrs. Barbara BRANDTNER (Head of Unit, DG COMP), Mrs. Kristina HAVERKAMP (Head of Economic Department, Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the European Union) and Mr. Marc PITTIE (Partner, Bredin Prat).


Sixty-Fifth Lunch Talk

Compliance Programmes in EU and National Competition Law (Thursday 23 May 2013)

Speakers: Hendrik Bourgeois (General Electric  - GE), Steven Preece (Office of Fair Trading - U.K.), and Wouter Wils (European Commission and King's College London).

Slides now available

Half-Day Conference    

Patent Settlements and EU Competition Policy

On 17 May 2013, the GCLC will organize a conference on: Patent Settlements and EU Competition Policy.  

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Latest publications

Book (GCLC Annual Conference Series):

The Role of the Court of Justice of the European Union in Competition Law Cases (Edited by Massimo Merola and Jacques Derenne). This book discusses the system of judicial review in competition law cases following the establishment of the General Court of the European Union (EU) twenty years ago. More information on the publisher's website (Bruylant).

GCLC Working Paper 01/13

Complainants’ Rights in State Aid Matters: Lost in Modernisation?, by Massimo Merola and Leonardo Armati. Download here


On 24 May 2012, Massimo Merola was appointed as new President of the GCLC for the next two years.  Prof. Nicolas Petit was reappointed as Director for an additional two-year stint.

The GCLC is also honoured to announce that Lorenzo Coppi (Senior Vice President, Compass Lexecon and Visiting Professor, College of Europe, Bruges), Philip Marsden (Director, Competition Law Forum and Senior Research Fellow, British Institute of International and Comparative Law; Visiting Professor, College of Europe, Bruges) and Jean-Yves Art (Director of Competition Law  - EMEA, Microsoft; Visiting Professor, College of Europe, Bruges) were appointed as new member of its Scientific Council.
Eric Morgan de Rivery was also appointed to the GCLC's Executive Committee. 

The Global Competition Law Centre is proud to announce that Enzo Moavero Milanesi, judge at the General Court of the EU, has joined its Scientific Council.  Judge Moavero Milanesi is also a Visiting Professor in the Legal Studies Department of the College of Europe.  He is the author of three books (on the EU merger regulation, Community law & policies and on EU competition law) and writes regularly in legal reviews.

The Global Competition Law Centre is pleased to announce that Jose Rivas has joined its Executive Committee. José is a Visiting Professor at the Natolin Campus, a private practitioner at Bird & Bird (Brussels) and the editor of a peer reviewed competition law journal “World Competition – Law and Economics” (Kluwer).