Live comments from the CCP Summer Conference 2013

Peter Freeman (CAT) advocates for judicial review of competition cases by a specialist competition tribunal such as the CAT as opposed to general courts. He highlighted the advantageous features of a specialised tribunal including. The court needs to have the expertise and experience to hear economic evidence. A specialised court is also speedier than in front of a general court. Flexible procedures tailored to competition cases are also beneficial  He especially emphasises that the independence of such a tribunal is paramount. However, this independence could be threatened if government regards the tribunal simply as part of the competition system rather than a court upholding the law.

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