Ninth Annual Competition Law, Economics & Policy Conference 2015

The Competition Commission and the Competition Tribunal will host the 9th Annual Conference on Competition Law, Economics and Policy on the topic:
“Competition policy and enforcement in BRICS countries”

Date: Wednesday, 11 November 2015
Venue: Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre – Durban


Introduction to the topic
The theme for this year’s Annual Competition Conference is “Competition policy and enforcement in BRICS countries”. South Africa will host the 4th BRICS International Competition Conference in Durban on 12 – 13 November 2015. This year’s Annual Competition Conference will be a precursor event to the 4th BRICS International Competition Conference. In addition, the Commission, Cresse and the University of KwaZulu-Natal will hold a joint workshop on “Lectures on competition policy” on 10 November 2015.

While competition law has expanded to more than 100 jurisdictions worldwide with varying degrees of economic, social and institutional development, important questions have arisen as to the interaction between competition law and economic development. Many developing countries have designed their competition policies to include not only efficiency and consumer welfare but also distribution, equity and fairness as goals of competition policy. Competition law regimes should be designed and applied according to the institutional level of development of a country and to the overall structure of its institutional system, economy and societal norms. Put differently, the design and application of competition law and policy in BRICS countries should fit the facts of their markets and respond to their conditions and needs.

The objective of this conference is to bring together renowned specialists in competition law and economics in conference to debate. The conference is targeted at academics (with a keen interest in the competition enforcement), policy makers and practitioners (including competition agency officials, competition lawyers and competition economic consultants).

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