This roundtable event will provide an opportunity to learn about the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) future plans for international competition enforcement and its framework.

It will provide an opportunity for attendees to feedback on how this might work in practice; helping to shape UNCTAD’s final proposal. It will include a case study of how this might work in practice.

Background

In 2017 member states of UNCTAD asked the UNCTAD Secretariat to discuss ways to improve cooperation between its members in competition law enforcement.

This was considered vital as there are now more than 140 competition authorities around the world-many of which are younger agencies that are new to international cooperation. At the same time mergers, cartels and other anti-competitive practices have become ever more global.

The secretariat have been engaged in discussions developing a draft plan over last two years in Geneva involving representatives of UNCTAD member states from all over the world (with input from some non- governmental advisors with private practice experience such as David Anderson, Simon Holmes and Nicholas Frey).

A draft plan has now been reached designed to facilitate contact, cooperation, and the exchange of information and best practice between authorities around the world. It is not binding but, nevertheless, it clearly has important implications for all involved with competition policy and cases- whether as a practitioner, an enforcer, or academic.

Recognising the importance of this plan, UNCTAD member states have asked their secretariat to disseminate the draft plan ahead of the UNCTAD conference next summer conference where it is expected that this will be agreed. A copy of the draft agreed in Geneva last July can be found here.

Why should you attend?

Join UNCTAD and the Competition Section to:

  • improve your understanding of how UNCTAD operates
  • learn of UNCTAD’s plans for the future framework of International Competition law enforcement
  • contribute your thoughts and help shape the future of international competition law enforcement and practice

Speakers

  • Dr. Pierre Horna, Legal Affairs Officer, Competition and Consumer Policies Branch, UNCTAD, Geneva
  • Mr. Nicholas Frey, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, London
  • Mr. Simon Holmes, Oxford University, Oxford
  • Mr. Andrej Matvoz, Director Slovenian Competition Protection Agency, Ljubljana

Programme

09:00 - 09:30 Registration

09:30 - 09:40 Presentation

09:40 - 10:10 Roundtable questions

10:10 - 10:30 Networking

10:30 - 11:00 Roundtable questions

11:00 - 11:30 Presentation of findings and Q & A