St.Gallen ICF 2016: The Future of Competition Law – Is Politics Taking Over?

4 Pages Posted: 2 Mar 2016

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Peter Freeman

Competition Appeal Tribunal

Ulrich Soltesz

Gleiss Lutz

Date Written: February 8, 2016


The 2016 St.Gallen International Competition Law Forum ICF will serve as the backdrop for discussions on a variety of current competition law, economics and policy topics. One of the panels is going to focus on the future of competition law. Namely, it will try to evaluate whether politics is going to take over. Who is going to be the driving factor in the advancement of the field? Are we going to see a shift towards more political decision? Has competition law always been driven by political decisions? Is there a difference between the different areas of competition law? Is there maybe even a need for enforcement to be influenced by policy?

The following interview between Peter Freeman (a Chairman, Competition Appeal Tribunal; Former Chairman, UK Competition Commission) and Ulrich Soltész (Partner and Attorney-at-Law, Gleiss Lutz) offers you some food for thought and a starting point for our panel discussion. During the St.Gallen ICF itself, additional input and foreign perspectives will be offered by Prof. Thomas Cheng (Professor, University of Hong Kong) and Prof. Dr. Alexei Ispolinov (Professor and Head of International Law Department, Moscow State University).

Join us in St.Gallen on May 19th and 20th for the “The Future of Competition Law – is Politics Taking Over?” panel. More information about the conference and a list of the remaining panels and speakers is available on the ICF website.

Suggested Citation

Freeman, Peter and Soltesz, Ulrich, St.Gallen ICF 2016: The Future of Competition Law – Is Politics Taking Over? (February 8, 2016). 23rd St.Gallen International Competition Law Forum (ICF) 2016, Available at SSRN:

Peter Freeman (Contact Author)

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Ulrich Soltesz

Gleiss Lutz ( email )

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