Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance

Institutional Design of Competition Enforcement Authorities

in the context of Georgia’s legal harmonization with EU competition law

29Nov2016 13:00 - 14:00

Lecture

In recent years the EU has witnessed a wave of reforms redesigning competition authorities in a number of member states. Zurab Gvelesiani will review different existing or possible models of enforcement authorities and will discuss how to select the most suitable one in the light of various local preconditions and objectives.

Attendance

Attendance is free. Registration is requested, acelg@uva.nl

Abstract

Harmonizing with EU Competition law has always been an essential part of the accession process for candidate states. Moreover, it is often set as a precondition for partner states before trade or other partnership agreements with the EU can be signed. Motivated by the successful completion of the negotiations, the states adopt the requested laws without resistance, frequently in rather formalistic and ‘box-ticking’ ways. The EU is also reluctant to put much pressure on non-member states and can be satisfied by the mere adoption of law, neglecting consequential institutional developments and actual possibilities for an adequate implementation or enforcement of the rules.

While being a rather unpopular topic even in academia, institutional design is of huge practical importance. In recent years the EU has witnessed a wave of reforms redesigning competition authorities in a number of member states. The presentation will review different existing or possible models of enforcement authorities and will discuss how to select the most suitable one in the light of various local preconditions and objectives. The topic will be analyzed from the perspective of Georgia’s legal harmonization with EU competition law, considering the experience of selected EU member states.

The speaker

Zurab Gvelesiani is PhD fellow at the Central European University, Budapest. He holds a LLM degree in EU law from Stockholm University and a LLM degree in Jurisprudence from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. He has authored several articles and case studies and has contributed to a series of annual legal and business publications. Between 2011-2013 he was an invited lecturer at Tbilisi State University and later at Ilia State University, teaching courses in competition and business law. Moreover, he has an almost decade-long professional experience of working at various private and non-governmental organizations. Zurab Gvelesiani is a member of the Georgian Bar Association and has extensive experience of litigating before all the instances of the national judicial system.

Zurab has been a visiting researcher at ACELG from September 2016 onwards.

 

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