Mary Guy awarded inaugural SSF Publication Prize

A PhD researcher at the CCP has become the inaugural recipient of a publication award at the SSF Graduate School Prize-Giving Ceremony at the University of East Anglia.

Mary Guy (centre) with Yann Lebeau (l) and Jacqueline Collier (r)

Mary Guy (centre) with Dr. Yann Lebeau (l) and Prof. Jacqueline Collier (r) upon being presented with her award.

Mary Guy, who is also a researcher at the UEA Law School, was awarded the prize in recognition of a paper she has recently co-authored with Dr. André den Exter (Erasmus University Rotterdam). Their article, ‘Market Competition in Health Care Markets in The Netherlands: Some Lessons for England?‘,  was published in a special issue of the prestigious Medical Law Review that was devoted to discussion on the impact of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 on Health Law and, in particular, markets and vulnerable patients.

Professor Morten Hviid, Director of the CCP, led the congratulations upon hearing of Mary’s achievement: “It is great that research by one of CCP’s members on the very complex and topical theme of competition law and health care is recognised in this way.

Dr. Michael Hamilton, Director of Postgraduate Research at the UEA Law School, described Mary’s award as ‘hugely deserved‘ in light of the numerous considerations taken into account by the Selection Panel: ‘The assessment criteria include the quality and originality of research; its importance to both the immediate and wider research community; its potential interest to the wider community in terms of public engagement; and the potential for the paper to generate future research.

In presenting the award, Dr. Yann Lebeau (Associate Dean of Postgraduate Research in the Faculty of Social Sciences) praised Mary for developing research links with other institutions through her co-authorship. Professor Jacqueline Collier (Executive Dean of SSF) was on hand to present Mary with a certificate and a prize of £200. Congratulations Mary!

Further reading: André P. den Exter and Mary J. Guy, ‘Market Competition in Health Care Markets in The Netherlands: Some Lessons for England?’ (2014) 22(2) Medical Law Review 255-273. Full text available to OUP subscribers at this link.

Amelia Fletcher discusses ‘The pros and cons of agency agreements’ at ACE Conference

In addition to a presentation by Bruce Lyons, the recent Annual Conference of the Association of Competition Economics (ACE) also saw CCP represented by Amelia Fletcher, who presented as part of a parallel session on ‘E-books and Online Platforms’. Her presentation discussed the pros and cons of agency agreements in the market for E-books, and whether the law is aligned with the economics in this area.

You can find links to Amelia’s presentation slides and the conference programme below.

Fletcher – What are the pros and cons of agency agreements, and is the law in the right place on these? (ACE13)

11th Annual ACE Conference programme

Bruce Lyons discusses ‘State aid to regional airports’ at ACE Conference

On Friday 13 December 2013, the CCP’s Bruce Lyons spoke at the 11th Annual Conference of the Association of Competition Economics (ACE) in Brussels. His presentation was part of a parallel session on the role of state aid in protecting regional airports.

You can find links to Bruce’s presentation slides and the conference programme below.

Lyons – State aid to regional airports (ACE13)

11th Annual ACE Conference programme

Dr Peter Whelan contributes to launch of Oxford Competition Law

As its Managing Editor, Dr Peter Whelan (CCP Member and Senior Lecturer in Law, UEA) contributed to the recent online launch of Oxford Competition Law, which is published by Oxford University Press. Oxford Competition Law is a fully integrated online service combining universally recognised market leading commentaries (Bellamy & Child, Faull & Nikpay, and Whish & Bailey) with rigorous, selective case reports and analysis from EU member states. The service is continually updated with cases and materials and its law case reporting service offers translations into English of the key portions of foreign language judgments.

For more information on Oxford Competition Law, including a blog entry from Dr Whelan, please click here.

Dr Nicholas Vasilakos awarded by the IAEE the 2012 Campbell Watkins Energy Journal Best Paper Award

The International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE) has awarded Nicholas the 2012 Campbell Watkins best paper award for his paper “Storing wind for a rainy day” (joint with Richard Green from Imperial College).

The IAEE Campbell Watkins Award is an annual award, aimed at promoting high calibre, innovative research in the field of Energy economics (more information about the award and IAEE can be found here:

Nicholas will receive his award in the next IAEE international conference this August in Dusseldorf (in which he also hopes to present one of his latest papers).

Dr Peter Whelan undertakes a Visiting Professorship in Moscow

Dr Peter Whelan, a Lecturer in Law at UEA Law School and a Faculty Member of the ESRC Centre for Competition Policy, has completed a Visiting Professorship at the Institute of International Trade and Law in Moscow.

In the first week of April 2013, while at the Institute, Dr Whelan conducted an intensive five-day course aimed at advanced law students in Russia. Specifically, the course covered the fundamentals of English Contract Law and detailed how EU Competition Law (in particular Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union) can impact upon the content and validity of contracts in this particular jurisdiction.

Dr Peter Whelan addresses students in Moscow

Do Depositors Benefit from Bank Mergers?

We were pleased to hear from former CCP Member John Ashton recently. He has been awarded a prize for his paper “Do Depositors Benefit from Bank Mergers? An Examination of the UK Deposit Market” which was based on a CCP working paper.


John Ashton award announcement

Congratulations to John! You can find his paper on the journal website.

Dr Pinar Akman has become a Non-Governmental Advisor to the UK for the International Competition Network

Dr Pinar Akman (a Senior Lecturer in Law at UEA Law School and a Faculty Member of the Centre for Competition Policy) has become a Non-Governmental Advisor (NGA) to the UK for the International Competition Network (ICN) Unilateral Conduct Working Group (UCWG). Read more of this post

Visitors from far and wide

In the run-up to the end of the Semester the Centre is going to be very busy. Our visitor programme is packed:

1. Sumit Majumdar, Professor of Technology Strategy, University of Texas at Dallas will give an ad hoc seminar in CCP on Wednesday 14th November at 11:30 “Mergers and Network Pricing: Evaluating Access Revenue Patterns of Incumbent Telecommunications Firms”.

2. Chris Wilson, a CCP alumnus, now at Loughborough, is visiting the Centre from noon on Thursday 15th to end of Friday 16th November. Read more of this post

CCP member visits Chile

We were pleased to welcome the Chilean National Competition Enforcement Agency’s Aikaterini Angelopoulou and her colleague Mario Ybar to the Centre during the summer and now CCP Faculty member Bruce Lyons is just back from working in Chile:

Bruce Lyons has just returned from Santiago, Chile where he gave a two-day expert course to the Chilean and other Latin American Competition Authorities on the Economics of Mergers and Merger Control. The course was sponsored by the FCO.

Bruce also gave a keynote address on the Benefits and Costs of Merger Control at Chile’s annual Competition Day (22nd October 2012), which was opened by the Minister for Business. Remarkably for a country of Chile’s size, Competition Day attracts an audience of 350 lawyers, business and media people.

CCP members are happy to advise on many competition and regulation issues – let us know if there is something we can do for your organisation!