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Competition & Regulation Meetings (2005-2013)

The Amsterdam Center for Law and Economics (ACLE) organizes its first and festive international conference in its area of attention Competition & Regulation. The topic of the conference is:

Remedies and Sanctions in Competition Policy Economic and Legal Implications of the Tendency to Criminalize Antitrust Enforcement in the EU Member States

February 17-18, 2005 Universiteit van Amsterdam and KNAW Building Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The plenary program includes contributions by Prof. Dr. Claus-Dieter Ehlermann (Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP), Prof. Dr. William Kovacic (George Washington University), Prof. Dr. Giancarlo Spagnolo (Stockholm School of Economics), Prof. Dr. Wouter Wils (European Commission), Prof. Dr. Dirk Schroeder (Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton), Prof. Dr. Bruce Lyons (University of East Anglia), Mr. Pat Massey (Director Compecon), Prof. Dr. Eleanor Fox (New York University), Mrs. Diana Guy (Deputy Chair UK Competition Commission), Mrs. Aini Proos (Deputy Director General Estonian Competition Authority), Dr. Christof Vollmer (Head of Unit BundesKartelAmt), Dr. Andreas Reindl (OECD) and Pieter Kalbfleisch LL.M. (Director General Netherlands Competition Authority).

Introduction to the Topic

There is increasing recognition of the fact that the existing remedies and sanctions for anticompetitive behaviour in the EU are not necessarily sufficient to deter parties from often lucrative restraints of trade or abuses of dominance. A review of remedies and sanctions for those in breach of competition law in Europe is under way. Apart from further increasing corporate pecuniary penalties, it explores the introduction of criminal sanctions (such as fines, professional remedies, disqualification orders and jail sentences). Antitrust enforcement in the US – which included criminal sanctions in the original Sherman Act – is studied for guidance. Installing similar penalties in Europe, however, raises fundamental issues. It requires, for example, elements of criminal law in addition to present administrative law enforcement. The trend to criminalize also has important economic and social implications. These topics are explored at this conference.
The conference is intended for legal and economic scholars in competition law and economics, as well as for practitioners in the various competition authorities, legal counsel and economic consultancy firms.

Conference  Program

The conference consists of a day long plenary program on Friday, February 18, and an associated workshop with contributed papers on Thursday, February 17 in the afternoon. Registration for these two events is separate. For the plenary Friday conference program click below.

Registration Thursday and Friday's program

Registration is closed.

Thursday Workshop

Prior to the plenary program on Friday, on Thursday 17th February, 13.00-18.00, there is an afternoon of contributed sessions scheduled at the Universiteit van Amsterdam. The topic of the workshop is "Remedies and Sanctions in Competition Policy", which is broader than the EU criminalization topic of the plenary program on Friday. The Thursday program includes contributed papers by law and economics scholars on such issues as structural remedies (including break-ups), optimal fining, leniency, corporate v. individual corporate staff sanctions, the probability of detection of anticompetitive behavior, and private antitrust damages claims.

The full Thursday workshop program is available as a PDF download. Also, in order to facilitate discussion, the papers presented at the workshop - for so far as presently available - can be downloaded at 'Workshop Papers' below.

From/to Conference Venue

The various conference locations are indicated on the enclosed map (pdf download). To reach the KNAW Building, please consult the following website.

Hotel Accommodation

Participants are to arrange their own lodging. The following is a selection of hotels in de vicinity of the conference venues.

  • The Grand *****Deluxe
    Oudezijds Voorburgwal 197
    Phone: +31 (0)20 555 3555
    Prices from € 230
  • NH Doelen ****
    Nieuwe Doelenstraat 24
    Phone: +31 (0)20-5540662
    Prices from € 120
  • Le Coin ***
    Nieuwe Doelenstraat 5
    Phone: +31 (0)20 524 6800
    Prices from € 85 (mention ACLE Conference)
  • Arena Hotel ***
    's Gravesandestraat 51
    Phone: +31 (0)20 8502400
    Prices from € 90
  • Hostel Stay OK Amsterdam Vondelpark
    Zandpad 5
    Phone: + 31 (0)20 5898996
    Prices from € 67,50


Financial support from the following organizations in making this ACLE event possible, is gratefully acknowledged: Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL), Charles River Associates Ltd. (CRA), Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Stibbe.


The attached PDF document collects background information for members of the press. Press is welcome at the event and there will be opportunity to make photographs. Please, do give us advance notice of your intentions to visit.

ACLE Conference Organizing Committee

The organizing committee consists of: Prof. Floris Vogelaar (chair), Prof. Dr. Wim Driehuis, Dr. Kati Cseres, Dr. Maarten Pieter Schinkel, Ine Raangs and Irene Wamelink.

For further inquiries contact the ACLE Office at +31 (0)20 525 4162 or the e-mail address below.

For further information about the ACLE, see