Cartels, Optimal Enforcement
and Theories in Competition Law

In memory of Laura Guttuso’s research

The TC Beirne School of Law will host an international symposium on competition law ‘Cartels, Optimal Enforcement and Theories in Competition Law’ in Brisbane on 27 March 2018.

Cartels are pursued by the two actors, the competition agencies and private claimants, for different reasons. The former, the competition agencies, wish to impose sanctions and increase deterrence in the system, by not only punishing the offenders involved by way of specific deterrence, but also by creating wider deterrence in the system, i.e. by deterring other companies from breaching the law, and thus increasing overall consumer welfare in the system.  The consumers or claimants are primarily motivated by a desire to obtain corrective justice or, at a minimum, some form of compensation from the cartelists, which have charged them higher prices.

Given that motivations differ, it is perhaps inevitable that there can be tensions whenever these two actors or groups of actors come together on the cartel enforcement stage.  It has already been well documented that there are a number of features of the one enforcement sphere that may impede the success of enforcement actions in the other. (Laura Guttuso †2016, Confirmation of PhD candidature document, p. 4-5)

The symposium will explore, among other things, the following questions:

How can the tensions at the interface between public and private cartel enforcement be minimised? Do these two enforcement spheres necessarily have to work separately from, and hence often potentially against each other, with the consequent risk of inconsistencies and interferences between the two, or can they be more optimally co-ordinated to form a more coherent whole?  What could a more optimal equilibrium between the two, the public and the private enforcement sphere, look like? (Laura Guttuso †2016, Confirmation of PhD candidature document, p. 10)

This event commemorates the research conducted by Laura Guttuso a former, outstanding TC Beirne School of Law PhD candidate, who died before completing her PhD thesis. The papers presented will address important elements of, and further develop new ideas contained in, Laura’s unfinished PhD thesis entitled ‘In Pursuit of cartels – a critical analysis of the dynamics between public and private enforcement’.

Read more about ‘Cartels, Optimal Enforcement and Theories in Competition Law’.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) may be applicable.

In memory of

Ms Laura Guttuso is a former, outstanding UQ PhD candidate and recipient of prestigious American Bar Association and UQ scholarships. She passed away unexpectedly in April 2016 while conducting research in the USA for her PhD thesis.

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Early bird (before 9 February): $550
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Early bird (before 9 February): $250
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