LIDC Activities

Every year, the LIDC organises an international Congress to study in particular two questions related to competition law, intellectual property law and/or unfair competition.

The LIDC further organises Webinars on competition law, intellectual property and unfair competition issues of relevance and interest for its members. Working groups are constituted to study in-depth certain legal developments.

LIDC Annual Congress

Every year, the LIDC organises an international Congress to study in particular two questions related to competition law, intellectual property law and/or unfair competition.

The annual Congress is generally organised by a National Group of the LIDC.

Next Congress

We are pleased to announce that the next LIDC Congress will be held in Milano on October 20-23 2022.

Milano Congress – October 2022

The next LIDC Congress will be held in Milano on October 20-23 2022.

The questions that will be discussed are the followings:

COMPETITION QUESTION – What role could/should sustainability goals play in competition policy and enforcement and how are competition authorities addressing this?

The national rapporteurs are :

AustriaUniv.-Ass. Mag. Adrian Kubat and Univ.-Ass. Mag. Adnan Tokić, both University of Vienna
BelgiumProf. Dr. Jan Blockx (University of Antwerp)
BrazilJosé Mauro Decoussau Machado from Pinheiro Neto Advogados 
Czech RepublicMs. Radka MacGregor Pelikánová, Ph.D., LL.Mm, M.B.A.
FranceMichael Cousin Lauren Mechri Alexandre Marescaux Nizar Lajnef Mathilde Boudou
GermanyProf. Dr. Eckart Bueren, Dipl.-Volksw.
ItalyAvv. Elisa Teti – Studio Legale Ruccelai & Raffaelli
MaltaClement Mifsud-Bonnici
UKNicole Kar (Linklaters – partner)   Simon Holmes (Competition Appeal Tribunal – member)   Lucinda Cunningham (Competition Appeal Tribunal – referendaire):
HungaryAndrás Horváth, LL.M. Ph.D. (Baker McKenzie)
SwitzerlandAlexandra Telychko   Johana Cau

IP QUESTION – ‘Green IP’: What is the role of intellectual property in sustainability?

We are pleased to confirm that Julian Nowag (Julian Nowag — Lund University) has agreed to be the International Rapporteur for the Competition Question for the Milan Congress and Christopher de Mauny (Bird & Bird – Chris de Mauny (twobirds.com)) has agreed to be the International Rapporteur for the IP Question.

The national rapporteurs are :

AustriaDr. Georg Kresbach, head of the IP & TMT team at WOLF THEISS
BrazilLucas Bernardo Antoniazzi from Di Blasi, Parente & Associados
GermanyThomas Hoeren
HungaryÁdám Liber (Provaris)   Bálint Halász (Bird&Bird)
ItalyAvv. Marina Cristofori – Studio Legale Jacobacci & Associati
MaltaPhilip Mifsud
Nordic GroupMartin Zeitlin
UKBen Hitchens (CMS Cameron McKenna – partner)   Caitlin Heard (CMS Cameron McKenna – partner)   Joel Vertes (CMS Cameron McKenna – partner)
SwizterlandEugenia Huguenin-Elie

All the reports can be found here (only for logged-in members): https://www.ligue.org/resources/search-in-all-documents/

For more information and full program: https://www.ligue.org/congress/2022/

Past Congresses

The LIDC Congress 2021 took place in Brussels from 22nd to 24th of September 2021.

  • Question A:
    “Tasks and competences of NCA’s in a data driven society”?
    Dominik Schäfers
     
  • Question B:
    “Influencers, native advertising and the use of AI for marketing – how can it be controlled by law?”
    Marta Delgado Echevarria

Congresses Resolutions


LIDC resolutions adopted by the LIDC during the annual congress are available in the section Resources.

International and National Reports

LIDC international and National Reports adopted by the LIDC during the annual congress are available in the section Resources.


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LIDC Webinars

Since 2018, the LIDC organises regularly lunchtime webinars on competition law and intellectual property hot topics. In the LIDC spirit, these webinars offer a comparative law approach to members.

The webinars are organised by Michel Ponsard and Nathalie Lobell Lastmann (Secretary General and Deputy Secretary General of the LIDC) and held jointly with the English and French Competition law association.


Next Webinars

The Ligue Internationale de Droit de la Concurrence (LIDC) will be holding a lunchtime webinar on Wednesday 7 September 2022 from 1pm to 2.30 pm (CET) on: “Digital Influencers and Online Advertising: regulatory landscape and issues” 

Past Webinars

LIDC Webinars 2022

The LIDC organised various webinars during 2022: 

  • 8 March 2022 on: “What are the perspectives for the future of the Automotive Sector”;
  • 19 July 2022 – on “Joint Purchasing and Buyer Cartels: a distinction without a difference?”

LIDC Webinars 2021

The LIDC organised various webinars during 2021: 

  • 18 March at 1pm CET – “superior bargaining power/abuse of economic dependence”;
  • 29 April at 2pm CET – “data protection in distribution”;
  • On Thursday 11 February 2021, the LIDC hold a webinar on “Green Pact: New approach on competition and environment”.
  • On 14 January 2021, the LIDC hold a webinar on “Protection of Brand Reputation”.

LIDC Webinars 2020

  • Thursday 10 December 2020 – “Antitrust enforcement in relation to online sales”.

National competition authorities from around the world discussed their recent experience of applying antitrust laws to online sales.

  • 15 October European Commission reform of the rules on verticals”;
  • 12 November 2020 – “Protection of trade secrets/know-how in distribution relationships”;
  • 30 April 2020 – “State Aid and Coronavirus– the UK and EU Perspective”.

LIDC Webinars 2019

  • 5 November 2019 – “Excessive Pricing Cases in the UK and Italy”;
  • 29 January 2019 – “E-Commerce/Geo-blocking in UK, France and Switzerland”;

LIDC Webinars 2018

  • 23 November 2018 and 8 February 2019 – “Merger Control Regulation Hot Topics”.

Webinar recordings and webinars flyers are available in the section Resources.

Webinar Series

Since October 2020, the LIDC organise a series of webinars on verticals particularly related with the reform of the Vertical Agreements Block Exemption Regulation (VBER).

The Webinars of the series held so far are the following:

  • 15 October 2020 – “European Commission reform of the rules on verticals”;
  • 12 November 2020 – “How to protect trade-secrets, know-how and other valuable information in distribution relationships”;
  • 10 December 2020 – “Antitrust enforcement in relation to online sales”.
  • 22 June 2022 – “THE REFORM OF THE RULES ON VERTICAL AGREEMENTS – WHAT’S NEW?”


LIDC Working Groups

LIDC members have always worked together in “transnational working groups” on relevant and current topics of interest.

The working groups provide a forum for informal discussions among members, and serve as an invaluable source of information and ideas based on a comparative method.

Members of the LIDC national groups and individual members of the LIDC are invited to join the following groups by simply sending an email to info@ligue.org:

  • Data Regulation & Digital Economy. The focus and other information about the group can be found below.
  • Distribution, Franchising & eCommerce. The focus and other information about the group can be found below.
  • State Aids.
  • Copyright.

Jacques Lassier Price

To honour the memory of one of its former chairmen, Jacques LASSIER, Lawyer at the Bar of Paris, the LIDC has organised a competition to encourage written work on the subject of competition law.

The Jacques Lassier prize has lastly been awarded during the Congress that was held in Paris in 2019.

You will find here the Rules 2019 in English and in French.


Jacques Lassier Laureates since 1982

  • 2019

Godefroy de Moncuit (France)
Faute lucrative et droit de la concurrence

  • 2015

Nikolas Guggenberger (Germany)
Netzneutralität : Leitbilder und Missbrauchsaufsicht

Jan-Christoph Rudowicz (Germany)
Gun-Jumping under the EC Merger Regulation

Special Mention awarded to Benjamin Lehaire (France)
L’action privée en droit des pratiques anticoncurrentielles : pour un recours effectif des entreprises et des consommateurs en droit français et canadien

  • 2013

Eckart Bueren (Germany)
Settlements in cartel cases
An examination of the European Commission’s settlement procedure with a comparative study and a law and economics analysis

  • 2011

Jérôme Gtalter (France)
Le droit de la concurrence appliqué aux droits de propriété intellectuelle-Réflexions sur les nouveaux monopoles de la société de l’information.

Pablo Ibanez Colomo, (Spain)
European Communications Law and Technological Convergence. Deregulation, Re-regulation and Regulatory Convergence in Televison and Telecommunications.

  • 2008

Nicolas Petit (Belgique/France)
Oligopoles, collusion tacite et droit communautaire de la concurrence.

  • 2006

Laetitia Driguez (France)
Le droit social et le droit de la concurrence

David Bosco (France)
Le contrat exclusif

  • 2002

Raphaël Arn (Suisse)
La publicité choquante – Vers une nouvelle dimension du droit de la concurrence déloyale

  • 1998

Friedrich Ruffler (Autriche)
Der Einfluss des Europarchets auf das Österreichische UWG

  • 1994

Daniel Fasquelle (France)
Droit américain et droit communautaires de ententes

  • 1990

Dominique Graz (Suisse)
Propriété intellectuelle et libre circulation des marchandises

  • 1986

Louis Vogel (France)
Concentration économique et système de droit de la concurrence

  • 1982

Ludwig Linder (Allemagne)
Privatklage aund Schadensersatz in Kartell

LIDC ad-Hoc Groups

The General Reporter and the deputy General Reporter may, when agreed by the President, set up ex officio an ad hoc Committee entrusted with studying and taking a formal position, on behalf of the League, on particular questions or evolutions of competition law or commercial practices. They are responsible for appointing the president of such Committee.

Any member of the League, who has made sure that at least two members from other groups will participate, may request the setting up of an ad hoc Committee. To this end, the member should send a draft proposal of the subject to the General Reporter. This member will become the president of the ad hoc Committee.

As soon as an ad hoc Committee has been instituted, the presidents of the national groups shall appoint one or two members of their group, representing the interests concerned, who will participate in the Committee’s works.

Information about the setting-up of an ad hoc Committee and progress of its work shall be given as soon as possible on the website of the League, where the final report of the Committee will also be published.

Any proposal of adoption of a position on behalf of the League shall be submitted, before it is published or advertised, for the approval of the President and the General Reporter, who will check that it is representative and, in case of conflicting views, make sure that all important opinions are expressed.

The President and the General Reporter shall decide upon the communication of the results of the ad hoc Committees’ work out from the League.

The ad Hoc Committees, created so far, drafted the following documents:


Other LIDC events

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