Welcome to the Competition Forum!
We have created this new platform to contribute to the debate on the evolution of competition law. Of course, websites, blogs, online reviews and magazines, and more generally the media dedicated to competition law are already numerous on the web. But, it seems to us that there is still some room to propose innovative content that stands out from the other things you will find on the web.
First of all, our platform is mainly open to academics. Of course, competition law practitioners (lawyers, companies, representatives of competition authorities) will be welcome on our platform. But it seems to us that they already have many other places to express their views. As for us, we would like to shed more light on the reflections of academics, and trust us to publish contributions that are perfectly independent of each other’s political or economic interests. Our main concern is to offer you an independent point of view about competition issues, without bias. It goes without saying that no private company finances any of our activities.
On the Competition Forum, you will find innovative content that gives an important place to the reflections of academics: for example, interviews with professors on their latest research or on a reform that has just been adopted, academic analyses of decisions by a competition authority or a court, an editorial on a reform that has been proposed. The formats will be various: long articles, which deal with a topic in depth, but also short articles that develop just one idea. What matters, for us, is to give the reader a point of view, an opinion. Competition authorities and courts already play an important role in communicating their activities. There are dozens of websites that will provide you with press releases. On this platform, we do not want to inform you, but invite you to think with us.
And then, there is another reason to come often to meet us in this new Competition Forum: the team behind this forum is composed of French academics. Well, that’s not a good reason in itself… But it is clear that the French are often rather poorly represented in academic discussions. French law and the positions taken by French authorities are sometimes not well known – not everyone speaks – alas! – the language of Molière. So, in this forum, readers will find presentations, discussions, and sometimes criticism of what is happening in France in the field of competition law. In English language! There is a lot going on in France. The Autorité de la concurrence is one of the most dynamic in Europe, our Supreme Courts (Cour de cassation, Conseil d’Etat) have case law that deserves to be known by non-French speaking readers.
The team behind this new platform is based in Aix-en-Provence, most of us come from the Centre de droit économique of Aix-Marseille Université. But, once again, we welcome contributions from wherever they come from. The bottom line is that they will help us move forward in our reflection on the tremendous challenges that lie ahead of us.