UKAEL

The UKAEL brings together all those across the UK with an interest in European Union law.

Through lectures, seminars and other events it promotes a better understanding of EU law, encourages debate and discussion on current issues, and as the UK branch of FIDE, is part of an international network of European law associations.

Thank you for your continuing support of the UKAEL. Even without Covid 19, this year of Brexit was bound to be a challenging one for us. We believe the Association has a vital future role to play in helping to keep alive contacts with colleagues and friends in the European legal world and maintaining the contribution that practitioners and academics in the UK have made to the development of EU law. 
 
Sadly, owing to the pandemic, the FIDE Congress in The Hague has had to be postponed to May 2021. In the meantime, the UKAEL Committee is planning a programme of online events. First up is:

Competition Law and the Digital Economy

Tuesday 23 June 2020, 5-6.30pm UK time

This seminar addresses one of the most pressing concerns of EU competition law, which is also one of the topics at this year’s FIDE Congress. Digitalisation has brought profound changes to many industries, creating new business models and pricing structures.  Businesses based on search engines, social media networks or price comparison websites often operate as platforms or networks and generate new problems arising out of their unusual pricing models and the huge volumes of data that they control and access.  Although network competition and multi-faceted markets are not new, the scale and speed of growth of the digital economy create new challenges for competition analysis and enforcement.  They also raise national and international competition enforcement issues of political and legal significance, as US and Chinese networks and businesses increasingly compete on a global scale.
 
What are the challenges for national and EU competition law enforcement in the digital economy?
To what extent does the collection and use of data on a massive scale create new issues for competition law analysis?
Can competition law and its instruments take account of the social and political implications of the expanding digital economy?
Can national and EU competition agencies control the market power of global platforms and networks?
What role is there for national or international regulation as against enforcement of competition law in the digital economy?

The UKAEL is delighted to have put together a panel of leading legal and economic specialists with a combination of expertise:

Prof Damien Geradin is the founding partner of Geradin Partners, a boutique competition law firm based in Brussels, where his practice focuses on the tech sector. He is also a Professor of Competition Law and Economics at Tilburg University and a visiting Professor at UCL. Damien is the founding editor of the Journal of Competition Law & Economics (OUP).

Matt Hunt is a partner in AlixPartners’ economics consulting practice. He is an expert economist who represents clients in complex competition, IP and regulatory cases, including numerous mergers, disputes and investigations in the telecommunications, media and technology sectors.

Dr Andriani Kalintiri is a lecturer in Competition Law at King’s College London and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of European Competition Law and Practice, as well as of the European Competition and Regulatory Law Review. Her research interests lie in the formation of and the interplay between substantive and procedural rules in competition enforcement.

Dr Ryan Stones is a lecturer in Law at City, University of London. His research interests lie at the intersection between competition law and legal theory, particularly the interplay between economically informed competition enforcement and the rule of law.

Rhodri Thompson QC (chair) is a leading specialist silk in UK and EU regulation and public law. He is Honorary Treasurer of the UKAEL and Chair of the EU Law Committee of the Bar Council and has appeared in many prominent cases in EU law, including the first Gina Miller case in the Divisional Court and Supreme Court.Rhodri is also a leading competition law specialist and has contributed the chapter on abuse of dominant position to the 6th-8th Editions of Bellamy and Child, EU Law of Competition.

 

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Membership

Our members enjoy a range of benefits including:

  • Discounts and priority booking for all of our events
  • Member rate at the biennial FIDE Congress
  • An invitation to the UKAEL Annual General Meeting
  • Opportunities to study and discuss European Union Law with leading academics and practitioners