Florence Competition Autumn School

Recent Developments in Competition Policy – 2021 edition

The Autumn School is an advanced course on recent developments in competition policy in Europe, the USA and the rest of the world. The Autumn School follows an inter-disciplinary approach: instructors are well-known academics, practitioners and competition agency representatives, both lawyers and economists. As well as in-person lectures, the Autumn School includes preliminary online activities and daily group exercises. Training participants may also attend the Florence Competition Autumn Conference, taking place at the EUI campus on 8 October 2021.

The course is designed for mid-career professionals, including in-house counsels, lawyers, economists, officials of competition authorities, academics, advocacy officers and journalists with at least 5/10 years of working experience in the field. Besides the advanced learning experience, the School stimulates networking among the participants both in class as well as during social activities in Florence and its world-famous Chianti surroundings.

The Florence Competition Autumn School will take place at Villa Schifanoia, part of the EUI campus: a beautiful 14th-century manor located in the foothills outside Florence. Due to possible travel predicaments, the Autumn school features a ‘hybrid’ format: participants can either opt for the ‘residential’ track (i.e. attending the Autumn School in person, at the EUI campus in Florence) or ‘online’ one (i.e. attending the Autumn School via Zoom). Both tracks provide participants with access to the e-learning materials.

Travel and accommodation costs in Florence for participants opting for the ‘residential track’ are NOT included in the registration fee of the Autumn School.

 
  • 16 July 2021: deadline early bird registration.
  • 20 September 2021: deadline course registration.
  • 3 – 8 October 2021: Florence Competition Autumn School.

 
  • Residential  track:
  • Early bird fee: € 2.000
  • Regular fee: € 3.000
  • Discounted fee for representatives of FSR C&M / FCP Donors, officials from National Competition Authorities and full-time academics: € 2.500

  • Online track
  • Early bird fee: € 700
  • Regular fee: € 1.000
  • Discounted fee for representatives of FSR C&M / FCP Donors, officials from National Competition Authorities and full-time academics: € 800

 
 Residential trackOnline track
Online activities via a dedicated online platform: Background readingsBackground videosPreliminary and final survey  YESYES
Frontal lectures (4 – 7 October)  YESYES
Group exercises (4 – 7 October)YESNO
Social activities and networking opportunities: Trip to Chianti region (3 October): private shuttle bus from/to Florence central station + wines degustation.Lunches (4 – 8 October)2 daily coffee breaks and refreshments (4 – 8 October)Farewell cocktail (7 October)YESNO
Daily private shuttle bus from Florence central station to the EUI campus and return (3 – 8 October)YESNO
COVID-19 antigen test at the EUI campus at the end of the Autumn school for return flight (optional)YESNO
Participation in person to the Florence Autumn Competition Conference (8 October)YESNO

Travel and accommodation costs in Florence for participants opting for the ‘residential track’ are NOT included in the registration fee of the Autumn School.


 

The Autumn School targets mid-career professionals (i.e. minimum 5/10 years of working experience), who would like to deepen their knowledge and practical skills in competition law and economics, benefitting from the experience and academic excellence of top-notch instructors in the field. In particular, the course is suitable for:

  • Officials from National Competition Authorities and other government agencies and regulatory authorities.
  • Associates and partners in law firms with a specialization in competition law.
  • In-house counsels dealing with competition compliance issues.
  • Economic consultants with expertise in industrial economics.
  • Competition scholars (i.e. doctoral researchers, post-docs and professors).
  • Advocacy officers for competition policy and regulatory matters.
  • Specialized journalists of legal information providers.

The ‘residential track’ of the Autumn School is suitable for professionals who would like to enlarge their international network of contacts among competition policy professionals meeting in the beautiful Florence settings.


 

The Florence Competition Autumn School covers both substantive and procedural aspects of competition law and economics with both frontal lectures and practical group exercise. In particular, the School includes approximately 6 hours of frontal lectures and 1 hour of group exercises for each of the four training days (i.e., 28 hours of classes in total). Every class lasts 90 minutes: 60 minutes of presentation by the speaker + 30 minutes of Q&A session, in order to incentivize the interaction between the instructor and the participants. During the 60 minutes of the daily group exercise, the residential participants will face mock dawn-raids, leniency applications and trials before the EU General Court.


 

At the end of the course, participants who have regularly attended the classes of the Autumn School will receive a ‘Certificate of Participation’. The Certificate will be delivered both to participants opting for the ‘residential’ and the ‘online’ track.

The Certificate is released by the European University Institute, a leading post-graduate research centre, founded in 1972 by the Member States of the European Union.

Attendance of the Florence Competition Autumn Conference on 8 October 2021 is not compulsory in order to obtain the Certificate of Participation.


 

The Florence Competition Autumn School is organised by the Florence Competition Program (FCP) and by the Communication& Media Area of the Florence School of Regulation (FSR C&M) of the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence (Italy). The FCP and FSR C&M have over 10 years of experience in the organisation of residential and online executive courses on competition law and economics and sector regulation.


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The EUI reserves the right to cancel the Autumn School in compliance with official orders by the Italian Government relating to COVID-19. In such a cancellation case, the EUI will reimburse participation fees and will not be liable for any other cost or expense incurred by participants in relation to the Autumn School.



Meet your instructors

 
Marco BottaMarco Botta
EUI
[Bio]
Claudio CalcagnoClaudio Calcagno
GMT Economics
[Bio]
Marco D'OstuniMarco D’Ostuni
CGSH
[Bio]
Lapo FilistrucchiLapo Filistrucchi
GMT Economics
[Bio]
Natalie Harsdorf

Natalie Harsdorf
Austrian Federal Competition Authority
[Bio]

Hein Hobelen

Hein Hobbelen
Bird&Bird
[Bio]

William Kovacic

William Kovacic
GW
[Bio]

Giorgio Monti

Giorgio Monti
Tilburg University
[Bio]

Pier Luigi ParcuPier Luigi Parcu
EUI
[Bio]
Anna PisarkiewiczAnna Pisarkiewicz
EUI
[Bio]
Alessandra RossiAlessandra Rossi
UNICH
[Bio]
Baptist	VleeshouwersBaptist Vleeshouwers
Bird&Bird
[Bio]
Nicola TosiniNicola Tosini
Nera Consulting
[Bio]
Sabine ZigelskiSabine Zigelski
OECD
[Bio]

Institutional Partner

The Autumn School is organised in cooperation with the Competition and Consumers Policies Branch of the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD). UNCTAD Secretariat will assign 5 free seats for the ‘online track’ to officials from National Competition Authorities of developing countries. For more information, please contact Teresa Moreira, Head of the UNCTAD Competition and Consumer Policies Branch (teresa.moreira@unctad.org).