Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance

ACELG Discussion Group: Session 8

13Apr2010 11:00 - 12:00


Tuesday, 13 April 2010, 11 a.m. University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Law, room E 3.03

The following paper will be discussed:

Joana Mendes & Kati Cseres, 'Consumers' participation rights in EC competition law proceedings'


This paper will analyze the administrative procedures in EC competition law as they were designed back in 1962 and how they were changed as a result of landmark cases from the European courts during the 1990s. The core aspect of the paper is to scrutinize the procedural model of tripartite distinction between undertakings, the holders of a "legitimate interest" and holders of a "sufficient interest". In particular, in the light of recent legislative reforms (Regulation 1/2003 and the modernization package) and case law developments (Österreichische Postparkasse and VKI), the paper will investigate whether adversarial inter partes procedures are an appropriate model to serve the substantive interests that the substantive and procedural rules of EC competition law are intended to pursue. Besides analyzing the effectiveness of the model, the paper will also investigate its efficiency in the light of private enforcement as an alternative avenue of consumer redress.

Venue and registration

Venue: University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Law, room E 3.03
Time and Date: Tuesday, 13 April 2010, 11 a.m.

Everybody is warmly invited to join. However, participants are expected to have read the paper in order to to be able to fully engage in the discussion.

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