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TOTM is pleased to welcome guest blogger Nicolas Petit, Professor of Law & Economics at the University of Liege, Belgium.

Nicolas has also recently been named a (non-resident) Senior Scholar at ICLE (joining Joshua Wright, Joanna Shepherd, and Julian Morris).

Nicolas is also (as of March 2017) a Research Professor at the University of South Australia, co-director of the Liege Competition & Innovation Institute and director of the LL.M. program in EU Competition and Intellectual Property Law. He is also a part-time advisor to the Belgian competition authority.

Nicolas is a prolific scholar specializing in competition policy, IP law, and technology regulation. Nicolas Petit is the co-author (with Damien Geradin and Anne Layne-Farrar) of EU Competition Law and Economics (Oxford University Press, 2012) and the author of Droit européen de la concurrence (Domat Montchrestien, 2013), a monograph that was awarded the prize for the best law book of the year at the Constitutional Court in France.

One of his most recent papers, Significant Impediment to Industry Innovation: A Novel Theory of Harm in EU Merger Control?, was recently published as an ICLE Competition Research Program White Paper. His scholarship is available on SSRN and he tweets at @CompetitionProf.

Welcome, Nicolas!

Nicolas Petit, who blogs at Chillin’ Competition and teaches at the University of Liege, has started an ambitious, new LLM in competition law and economics at something called the Brussels School of Competition.  It strikes me as interesting and helpful for being an academic law and economics program focused very clearly on practitioners and practical application of the ideas.  The Internet brochure for the program is here.

Here’s its description:

The LL.M. programme has been designed to meet the needs of companies and their counsels, faced with the increased complexity of the competition rules and unprecedented economic risks arising from its enforcement. It targets in particular:

  • Companies, not only in-house counsels, but also managers, executives and public affairs experts who come across competition issues in their daily business activities;
  • Business lawyers (junior and senior), seeking to expand, improve or refresh their knowledge of competition law ;
  • Civil servants from competition agencies, sectoral regulators, public administrations and State-owned companies, who regularly have to deal with situations involving competition law.

The LL.M. programme in Competition Law and Economics has five unique, defining, features:

  1. It offers practical training, thanks to an experienced contingent of high level competition lawyers, economic consultants, and senior officials;
  2. It provides high-level lectures given out by outstanding academics;
  3. It proposes a flexible training programme compatible with the requirements of professional practice;
  4. It seeks to offer a modern approach to training, which embraces fully the interdisciplinary (law and economics) nature of competition policy
  5. It gives its students opportunities to socialize and meet fellow competition professionals on a regular basis