The Research Partnership Platform (RPP) brings together over fifty research institutions, universities, competition authorities and corporate affiliates to establish an inter-disciplinary research platform on competition, consumer protection and development. The partners seek to provide policy advice on the formulation and enforcement of competition and consumer protection laws and policies, support educational, advocacy and outreach activities on competition and consumer protection and related issues and contribute to training and capacity building in the developing world.

The RPP partners with individual national and regional competition and consumer protection agencies worldwide to offer free policy advice and technical assistance.

Membership is open to all interested relevant parties.

List of Partners

Amsterdam Center for Law & Economics, University of Amsterdam

The Amsterdam Center for Law & Economics (ACLE) is a joint initiative of the economics and law faculties of the University of Amsterdam. It is an interdisciplinary institute founded by the Board of the University of Amsterdam in close cooperation with the School of Economics (FEB) and the Law School (FdR). The ACLE presently associates around twenty fellows in law and economics, ranging from full professors to PhD students. Scholars in the ACLE pillar on competition and regulation develop economic theory and empirical research on competitive processes with an eye to governing these processes through competition policy and regulation.

Focal Point : Maarten Pieter Schinkel,


British Institute of International and Comparative Law

The British Institute has established the Competition Law Forum to produce applied research, analysis and recommendations on the content, methodologies and application of competition policy at all levels of governance - national, European and global.

Focal Point: Philip Marsden,



Bruegel is a European think tank specializing in economics. Established in 2005, Bruegel is independent and non-doctrinal and has a mission to improve the quality of economic policy with open and fact-based research, analysis and debate. We are committed to impartiality, openness and excellence. Bruegel's membership includes EU Member State governments, international corporations and institutions. Bruegel ranked #1 Think Tank in Western Europe, #1 International Economic Policy Think Tank in the World, and #2 Think Tank in the World (non-US) in the 2012 Global Go To Think Tank Report and Policy Advice published by the University of Pennsylvania. Bruegel is active in the competition policy and regulation area through three channels: (i) quantitative and qualitative research on relevant topics in the policy agenda (ii) release of commentaries and interviews about topical antitrust cases or regulatory issues in international media outlets (iii) organization of seminars and high-level workshop and conferences targeted to an institutional, business and academic audience.

Focal point: Mario Mariniello,



Centre for Business Law and Practice (CBLP), University of Leeds

The Centre for Business Law and Practice (CBLP) is a research centre based at the School of Law, University of Leeds, United Kingdom. The CBLP is an internationally recognised, leading commercial law research centre with around thirty full-time faculty and around forty postgraduate researchers. It is one of the largest business law (broadly conceived) research centres in the UK. The Centre's particular, unique feature is the breadth and diversity of the research expertise of its members. CBLP members have a wide range of subject specialisations ranging from competition law to corporate and financial law; contract, consumer and commercial law; regulation; tax law; and, international trade law. This wide range of subject specialisations of CBLP members is brought together through cross-cutting themes such as governance and regulation, technology, accountability, sustainability and transactional relationships. The Centre aims to address matters of contemporary concern in business law and regulation using pluralistic perspectives that mix disciplinary and inter-disciplinary approaches. It strives for high quality research outputs that have a broader societal impact.

Focal point: Professor Pinar



Center for Competition, Intellectual Property, Consumer Protection and Trade, ESAN University

The Center for Competition, Intellectual Property, Consumer Protection and Trade (CEPIC) is based at the Graduate School of Business, ESAN University, in Lima, Peru. It is dedicated to research, teaching, counselling and advocacy on issues of innovation, intellectual property, rules and standards, consumer, fair trade and free competition. It encourages innovation and the proper functioning of the markets.

The mission of CEPIC is to conduct independent research and consulting of quality and, based on this, provide education and specialized training and innovative and practical recommendations to promote free competition, innovation, balanced intellectual property rights, balanced and fair exchange of investment and national and international trade; and to guide and protect the interests of consumers.

Focal Point: Santiago Roca,



Centre for Competition Law & Policy, National Law University Jodhpur

The Centre for Competition Law and Policy (CCLP) is established as an initiative to promote interdisciplinary research in the field of competition law and policy making. Competition law issues also involve developments in the fields related to sectoral regulators. So the centre promotes interdisciplinary research in the field of regulatory laws in India as well. The Centre provides a forum where leading practitioners and academician, scholars and students, can discuss and exchange views on contemporary issues of competition law and policy. The Centre acts as an institution of excellence in research and teaching concerning competition law and policy.

The major activities of the Centre will be as follows:

  • Work on research projects in the field of competition law and policy and also interface with sectoral regulators in India – For that Competition Commission of India and other organizations are contacted. National Law University, Jodhpur, has the strength of energetic students, strong IT infrastructure, and talented academicians who accomplish the requirements of the projects.
  • Organize special lectures in the field of Competition law and policy, mostly from the Experts in the field, as there is lot of professional work carried on in the field of competition law and policy.
  • Organize workshops within the NLU Campus, on subjects related to Competition law and policy, and contemporary issues, on which academic inputs are required.
  • Get publications made out of the research projects accomplished in the field of competition law and policy in India.
  • Publication of Indian Competition Law Review (ICLR) addressing issues relating to competition law and policy ( The contribution of scholars in the area will be published and cater to the needs of practitioners, professionals and stakeholders who deal with competition law and policy in India.

Focal point: Deepankar Sharma,



Center for Competition Law and Policy, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University

The Center for Competition Law and Policy is affiliated with the Institute of Economic Law at Zhejiang Sci-Tech University. It provides a platform for teaching and research of competition law and policy and research activities focus on promoting effective competition and competition culture in China. The Center also conducts policy-related research on consumer protection and law & economics.

Contact person: Clare Gaofen Ye;


Center for Development and Protection of Competition Policy

Center for Development and Protection of Competition Policy was created by the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan in December 2, 2008. Currently, the Center is an independent research organization whose mission is to improve the competitive environment in Kazakhstan. During the five years of its existence, the Center has provided services to more than 1,000 customers across Kazakhstan, has taken an active part in the development of Kazakhstan's competition law and is currently working on the preparation of proposals to create a common anti-trust legislation in the framework of the Common Economic Space of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia.

Activities of the Center include: the study of major trends in the global competition policy and consumer protection; advice on antitrust and conferences and training seminars to highlight the major changes in antitrust law and competition advocacy. The Center also publishes the magazine "The market and competition", which is the only Kazakh publication focusing on competition policy both within the country and across the world.

Focal Point: Tatyana Kaukenova,



Centre for European Legal Studies, University of Cambridge

The Centre for European Legal Studies (CELS) provides a focus in the Law Faculty of the University of Cambridge for activities in the field of European Union law and European comparative law. Members of the Centre research in a broad range of areas including the constitutional structure of the EU, the substantive internal market rule, EU competition law, external relations law, and a comparative consideration of national jurisdictions of the different European countries and their relationship with the common law. CELS seeks to encourage individual and collaborative research of the highest international quality on matters falling within its remit.

Focal point: Niamh Dunne,


Center for European Studies, Middle East Technical University

The Middle East Technical University (METU) is one of Turkey's premier public universities with a stellar reputation for its highly trained graduates in scientific, technical and professional fields. Within METU, the Center for European Studies (CES) is founded in 1997 at the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences (FEAS) in order to promote the development of an interdisciplinary environment conducive for undertaking research and studies on the processes of European integration in a comparative manner. The Center concentrates its efforts on forming institutional networks with various research centers and universities in Europe in order to undertake joint research projects.

Focal Point: Gamze Oz,



Center for Global Consumer Protection Policy and Law of Wuhan University

The Center for Global Consumer Protection Policy and Law of Wuhan University is the only institute of international consumer protection policy and law in China outside of government. The Center is established on the platform of rich academic input both from the WTO Studies School and the Institute of International Law of Wuhan University, which enjoys a reputation as the foremost international law academy in China. The team, composed of experts from Europe, the Americas and Asia, are sharing the task of promoting consumer policy and law, bridging the gap between China and the rest of the world in consumer protection policy and law research. The Center is to carry out research on the consumer protection policies and laws in relevant countries and international organizations, and to provide legal help as an independent academic institution to the Chinese government and organizations which participate in international legislation and trade.

Focal Point: Dr. Ying Yu,


Centre du droit de la consommation et du marché, Université Montpellier 1

Centre du droit de la consommation et du marché is a component of the Faculty of Law of University of Montpellier 1 in France. It is founded in 1975 by Jean Calais-Auloy and Henri Temple. It undertakes legal research on the law of market; issues publications and studies; and handles legislation projects in France, Europe, as well as internationally. Its areas of work include: Competition, free movement of goods and services, consumption of products et services, distribution, commercialization, contracts, responsibilities, litigation. It provides master programmes on consumption and competition, including the European Master Programme in Consumer Affairs (bilingual) supported by the European Commission.

Focal Point: Henri Temple

Centre for Competition Law and Policy, University of Oxford

The University of Oxford Centre for Competition Law and Policy (CCLP) provides a centralized platform for teaching and research of competition law and policy at the University of Oxford. Activities and courses focus on regulation of competition in the UK, EU and US, international aspects of competition law and antitrust economics. CCLP provides training and capacity building programmes for the private and public sector.

Focal point: Dr Ariel Ezrachi,

Centre for Competition Policy, University of East Anglia

The Centre for Competition Policy at the University of East Anglia was established in 2004, with a grant from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to fund a 10-year research programme. The Centre undertakes interdisciplinary research into competition policy, including market regulation, which has real-world policy relevance without compromising academic rigour.

Focal Point : Andreas Stephan,


Centre Européen de Droit & d'économie (CEDE), ESSEC Business School, France

Focal Point: Med Rezzouk,

Centre for Regulation and Market Analysis, University of South Australia

The Centre for Regulation and Market Analysis (CRMA) is a university-supported research centre within the School of Commerce at the University of South Australia. CRMA conducts policy-oriented research in the areas of competition economics, law, and enforcement; regulation (macro and micro); consumer protection; health economics; water markets research; business history, especially cartel history; and the development of antitrust regimes in Asia. CRMA's research examines factors affecting market competition; the regulation of markets; the protection of consumers within markets and; the legislation that shapes and influences market outcomes.

Focal point: David Round,


Center of Excellence for Competitiveness at Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kashipur, India

The Center of Excellence for Competitiveness(COC) is a multidisciplinary research facility set up in 2013 at Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kashipur, India. The Center envisions to be (i) an recognized knowledge and research champion for managers and policy makers in India to promote the cause of free and fair markets towards competitiveness for sustained economic growth in India, duly acknowledging situations in which markets fail and (ii) To be a recognized knowledge center of eminence in India on Competition, Competitiveness, Competition regulation and consumer protection integrating perspectives of diverse disciplines like economics, law, finance and accounting, public policy and functional areas of business management.

The CoC aims to promote original multidisciplinary actionable research in the area of competition, competition regulation and competitiveness leading to actionable recommendations to influence market design, structure, conduct and performance of businesses in India. The Center has already launched new courses in the area of competition regulation and competition Policy in India for its flagship MBA program.

Focal point: Prof. Mudit Kulshreshtha,


Centro de Libre Competencia, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

The Free Competition Center is established with the mission to position itself as a key player in the field of national and regional competition. The Center consists of a group of academics in the area of competition who seek to offer the national and regional community their professional experience and knowledge.

Focal Point: María Elina Cruz T.,

Columbia Law School

Columbia Law School, founded in 1858 and located in New York City, stands at the forefront of legal education and of the law in a global society. Columbia Law School combines traditional strengths in corporate law and financial regulation, international and comparative law, property, contracts, constitutional law, and administrative law with pioneering work in intellectual property, digital technology, tax law and policy, national security, human rights, sexuality and gender, and environmental law.

Focal Point: Anu Bradford,



Competition and Economic Law Research Group, University of New South Wales

The University of New South Wales Faculty of Law is one of Australia's leading law faculties. Research and teaching in competition law and policy, international business and economic law and international trade law are very important aspects of its research and teaching agenda. Competition and Economic Law Research Group includes Faculty members from a diverse range of research interests. The work of the group focuses primarily on competition law and policy and international economic law (including trade, finance and dispute resolution). Members consult to a variety of organizations in these areas.

Focal point: Deborah Healey,


Competition Commission of Pakistan

The Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) was established on 2 October 2007 under the Competition Ordinance, 2007 which was later transformed into Competition Act 2010. With competition and consumer protection jurisdiction in broad sectors of the economy, the Commission deals with issues that touch the economic life of every Pakistani.  CCP is an independent quasi-regulatory, quasi-judicial body that helps ensure healthy competition between companies for the benefit of the economy. The Commission is mandated to enforce competition law in Pakistan. One of the Commission's statutory functions is to conduct research for promoting competition in all sectors of commercial activity.

Focal Point: Dr. Joseph Wilson,


ConPolicy – Institute for Consumer Policy

ConPolicy is a research and consulting firm with a focus on consumer policy issues. The institute conducts scientific studies based on empirical, analytical and behavioral science approaches and brings together relevant consumer policy stakeholders at its dialogue events. Its main areas of research include digitalization, CSR and sustainable consumption. In recent years, the institute has implemented research and advisory mandates for the German Federal Government, the European Commission, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, the GIZ (German Development Cooperation Agency), the German Council for Sustainable Development, the REWE Group and Unilever among many others.

Focal Point: Christian Thorun,


Consumers Empowerment Organisation of Nigeria

The Consumers Empowerment Organisation of Nigeria (CEON) is a research-based advocacy non-governmental not-for-profit and independent organization established in 1995 to promote and protect the rights and interests of consumers in Nigeria. CEON is actively engaged in the activities of consumer protection, competition and sustainable development through research, advocacy, networking, collaboration, partnership, education, information, advice and redress.

Focal Point: Adedeji Babatunde Abiodun,


Duke University, Department of Political Science and Rethinking Regulation Program at the Kenan Institute for Ethics

The Department of Political Science and the Rethinking Regulation Program at Duke's Kenan Institute seek to advance the understanding of competition law and policy, based on the understanding that competition safeguards key benefits of a market economy such as efficiency, innovation, and economic opportunity, but that competition law and policy is inherently political in that it entails using the power of the state to restrain and possibly redistribute market power. Current research focuses on the global diffusion of competition law, the development of competition law and policy in developing and transition economies, and the effect of economic globalization on competition policy (including on U.S. antitrust enforcement practice). We offer courses on comparative and international aspects of competition law and policy at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Duke University is a leading US-based research university with a global vision. The Department of Political Science, established in 1934, seeks to contribute through teaching and research to a better understanding of political institutions and behavior and of the rule of human agency in society through political and policy-making institutions and processes, including global governance. The Rethinking Regulation Project is an interdisciplinary program to foster research and education exploring the broad terrain of regulatory governance through both positive analysis and normative debate under the umbrella of the Kenan Institute for Ethics. Competition policy is a Kenan-RR focus area.

Focal point: Prof. Tim Büthe,



Doshisha University Faculty of Law and Graduate School of Law

Doshisha University is located in Kyoto and one of the leading private universities in Japan. The Faculty of Law and the Graduate School of Law provide Undergraduate, Master and Doctoral education programs. The Faculty consists of the Department of Law and the Department of Political Science, and the Graduate School has three areas of specialization: political science, private law, and public law.

Professor groups of competition law and related research areas organize research meetings with legal divisions of enterprises and advise governmental and private organizations both domestically and abroad. Members of this group have been deeply involved in supporting developments of legislative and enforcement activities of competition law and consumer law in developing countries in East and South East Asia.

Focal Point: Norimichi Saito,


Externado University of Colombia

The Externado University of Colombia is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Latin America and a recognized and influential university in Colombia. It is an institution of superior education and research in social sciences known for its rigor and academic excellence, as well as for its pluralism. Important thinkers, politicians and academics, as well as members of the Colombian courts, the Congress, the executive branch of the government, and coordinators and directors of major national and multinational institutions have been Externado students and/or are professors and researchers at the University. The University aims to cooperate with research centers and universities around the world by exchange of teachers and students, as well as research cooperation including access to data and research projects and the development of joint research projects.

Focal Point: Carmen Ligia Valderrama,


Faculty of Law and Graduate School of Law, Doshisha University, Kyoto

The Faculty of Law and the Graduate School of Law provide full scale undergraduate, master and doctoral education programs. The Faculty consists of the Department of Law and the Department of Political Science, while the Graduate School has three areas of specialization: political science, private law, and public law. Doshisha University is one of the first Japanese universities to introduce a systematic and practical program on corporate and business legal affairs, including competition law, intellectual property law, international economic law, and business activities and competition law, in the Graduate School course.

A group of faculty professors of competition law and related research areas organizes research meetings with legal divisions of enterprises and advises governmental or private organizations both domestically and abroad. Members of this group have been involved in supporting developments of legislative and enforcement activities of competition law and consumer law in developing countries in East and South East Asia.

Focal Point: Norimichi Saito,


Higher School of Economics, National Research University, Saint-Petersburg

The Higher School of Economics (HSE) is an internationally ranked research university that carries out its mission through research-led academic, project, expert and socio-cultural activities based on international academic standards. HSE St Petersburg is a globally oriented university and Russia's market leader in teaching and research in the fields of economics, social science and humanities. HSE St. Petersburg is home to more than 5,000 students, including almost 9% international students from 50+ countries, and around 100 research fellows, many of them holding Master and PhD degrees from the top universities from around the world. Our faculty members publish in top Russian and international academic journals and have diverse experience in consulting for Russian and international market-leading companies as well as for Russian state agencies. The list of our international partners include top-ranked universities around the world. HSE St. Petersburg runs 15 research centres and laboratories, including 4 international flagship research centres led by world-renowned researchers, as well as 8 standalone research groups where faculty and students jointly carry out research projects.

HSE's key features are:

  • Combining theory with high-level social, management and humanities methods.

  • Interdisciplinary approach to education and research with a strong focus on applied aspects of social and economic policy and project activities and emphasis on countrys' regional specifc.

  • Throughout internationalization.

  • Talent development.

Focal point: Olga Prokaeva,



Ho Chi Minh City University of Law, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City University of Law is the leading legal education institution in the South of Vietnam. Since establishment in 1996, the university has achieved great progress in both educational scale and quality. The organization is developing strongly, with a growing number of qualified teaching staff, achieving successes that contribute to a better community, national development and international cooperation.

The five main majors offered by the University are: Commercial Law, Criminal Law, Civil Law, Administrative Law and International Law, with special LL.B programs for gifted students. Graduated students are equipped with sound legal knowledge and reasoning enabling them to work in different fields and become legal officials in Southern provinces. In addition, the University offers LL.M programs for three majors: Criminal Law - Criminal Procedures, Economic Law - Economic Arbitration, and State Administration. The University also runs doctorate programs in Economic Law and Criminal Law.

Contacts: Tuan Nguyen,


Institut d'Economie Industrielle, Université de Toulouse 1

The Institute of Industrial Economics (IDEI), a research center in economics located in Toulouse within the University Toulouse 1, was founded in 1990 by Jean-Jacques Laffont. The IDEI serves a dual purpose: to allow the University Toulouse 1 to be competitive at an international level; and to provide administrations and companies with an interface between their activities and economic research. IDEI tackles both theoretical and applied economic problems and supplies state-of-the-art tools developed by economic research to decision-makers in eight areas, including industrial organization, regulation and competition policy; and innovation and intellectual property.

Focal point : Marc Ivaldi, or

Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, Faculty of Law of the University of Macau

The Institute for Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) was founded in 2005 and is an academic unit of the Faculty of Law of the University of Macau. The main objectives of IALS is to promote legal research, to support the existing law programs as well as the creation of new programs, coping with the need of the Macau society, at legal professional level and general level.

Focal point: Tong lo Cheng (Director),


Institute for Competitiveness, India

Institute for Competitiveness, India is the Indian knot in the global network of the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School. Institute for Competitiveness, India is an international initiative centered in India, dedicated to enlarging and purposeful disseminating of the body of research and knowledge on competition and strategy, as pioneered over the last 25 years by Professor Michael Porter of the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School. Institute for Competitiveness, India conducts and supports indigenous research, offers academic and executive courses, and provides advisory services to the Corporate and the Governments. The institute studies competition and its implications for company strategy; the competitiveness of nations, regions and cities and thus generate guidelines for businesses and those in governance; and suggests and provides solutions for socio-economic problems.

Focal Point: Dr. Amit Kapoor,

Institute of Business Law, ZHAW School of Management and Law

The Institute of Business Law is an academic unit of the School of Management and Law (SML), which is one of Switzerland's leading business schools, at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW). SML offers academic courses in international and national competition law and policy. SML's regarded scholars focus on advancing the understanding of the goals of competition and its tools. Leading policy- makers, businessmen, practitioners and academics visit SML throughout the year, to address the most challenging questions about sector regulation, competition law, and economics ( Furthermore, SML conducts research into competition policy from the perspective of law, economics, and political science. SML also offers future-oriented degree programs in management and in business law and a wide range of continuing education programs.

The Institute of Business Law focuses on national and international business law and the synergies between business and law. The Institute creates and maintains partnerships and networks with top partners from academia and business, both nationally and internationally.

Focal point: Patrick Krauskopf,


Institute of Mergers, Acquisitions and Alliances (IMAA), Zurich

The Institute of Mergers, Acquisitions and Alliances (IMAA) is a leading academic institution, globally recognized for its thought leadership, valuable contribution and practical relevance to make mergers, acquisitions and alliances beneficial for businesses.

Focal point: Dr. Christopher B Kummer,


Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research, University of Ghana

ISSER was established by the University of Ghana in 1962 as the Institute of Statistics, to provide a programme of teaching and research in statistics, with particular reference to the methodology, collection and analysis of official statistics. It was also to advise interested bodies on statistical design, analysis and computer programming. It was later realised that expanding the scope of the Institute to include fundamental and applied research in the social sciences, to establish the basic data needed for effective development and modernisation, would be beneficial to the nation as a whole.  It is in line with this vision that the Institute was converted, in 1969, into the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER).  The United Nations continued its support of statistical training until 1972 when ISSER fully took over. The expansion of the scope of the Institute to embrace socio-economic research was facilitated by adequate funding from government, other national and international organisations. This enabled several multi-disciplinary research projects to be executed, which were primarily focused on the socio-economic development of Ghana. ISSER's goal is to be recognized as a centre for comprehensive and sustained research and training in the social sciences. Its objectives are to build capacity for social science research in Ghana; carry out high quality policy-relevant and development-oriented research and disseminate the results to facilitate the socio-economic development of Ghana and Africa; participate in the process of formulating, monitoring and evaluating policies and programmes; encourage regional research co-operation aimed at promoting regional integration; attract researchers from other Units of the University and elsewhere for collaborative and/or independent research.

Focal Point: Ernest Aryeetey (Director),



Krannert School of Management, Purdue University

The Krannert School of Management at Purdue University was established in 1962. It is home to the Departments of Economics and Management. Research and doctoral programs in the Department of Economics emphasize topics in applied microeconomics, including international economics and industrial economics.

Focal point: Stephen Martin,

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Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis

The Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) is an autonomous think-tank established in 1997 to Provide objective public policy advice to the Government of Kenya, and other stakeholders, in order to contribute to the achievement of national development goals. KIPPRA conducts research and policy analysis in all sectors of the Kenyan economy, provides capacity building for policy making and implementation, and serves as a point of contact for exchange of views on public policy issues affecting Kenya. Over the years, the Institute has built a reputation for quality public policy research and analysis, accumulated a pool of research resources, and developed macroeconomic and sector models for policy formulation, simulation and forecasting.

Focal Point: Joseph Kieyah,

King's College London

The School of Law contains a vibrant community of scholars, committed to advancing the understanding of what competition is and what it can achieve. Leading policy makers, practitioners and academics come to King's College, throughout the year, to address the most challenging questions about the theory and application of competition law and economics; making King's an exciting place to learn about, think about, and contribute to this area.

Focal Point: Christopher Townley,


Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law

Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law is a research institute within the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Arts and Science. Max Planck Institute undertakes research on fundamental questions of law in these areas. The Institute regularly advises governmental bodies and other organizations at the national and international level. It takes an international approach and places emphasis on the comparative analysis of law as well as economic and technological aspects of legal development. Competition related issues in the framework of developing countries have been given a central place in the research agenda of the Max Planck Institute. The Institute is currently running a research project on "Competition Law in Developing Countries".

Focal Point: Mor Bakhoum,

Melbourne Law School

The Melbourne Law School engages in significant research, teaching and engagement activity in the field of competition and consumer policy, law and enforcement at the University of Melbourne - in particular, through the Competition Law & Economics Network.

Focal Point: Caron Beaton-Wells,

Nagoya University Graduate School of Law

The Graduate School of Law offers full postgraduate degree programs both in English and Japanese, at Masters and Doctoral levels. The Graduate School also actively organizes, coordinates or sponsors a number of academic extension and exchange initiatives.

Focal Point: Shuya Hayashi



National Institute for the Defence of Competition and Protection of Intellectual Property, Peru

The National Institute for the Defence of Competition and Protection of Intellectual Property (INDECOPI) is a Specialized Public Agency, ascribed to the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, with legal capacity in domestic public law. Consequently, it has functional, technical, economic, budgetary and administrative autonomy (Legislative Decree No. 1033). Its functions are market promotion and protection of consumers' rights. In addition, it promotes fair and honest competition in the Peruvian economy, safeguarding all forms of intellectual property: from trademarks and copyrights to patents and biotechnology.

As a result of its work in promoting regulations for fair and honest competition among Peruvian economic agents, INDECOPI is currently conceived as a Citizen Service oriented agency particularly concerned with fostering a quality culture in order to achieve the complete satisfaction of its clients: citizens, the business community and the State.

Focal Point: Patricia Sarria,



New York University School of Law

The curriculum of New York University (NYU) School of Law looks at the major areas of law that affect innovation: intellectual property law, including patents, copyrights, and trademarks, and antitrust law and competition policy, including the study of U.S. and European legal systems. The NYU faculty of law professors, economists, and noted practitioners explore the issues in a variety of settings, from basic courses to advanced seminars to independent directed research projects.

The LL.M. in Competition, Innovation and Information Law (CIIL) combines state-of-the-art policy and technical expertise with sophisticated legal analysis, and is unique in its approach to training students by developing an integrated understanding of the dynamic forces that shape contemporary economic activity and innovation. In the program, students develop in-depth knowledge in one of two areas of concentration-antitrust and competition policy or intellectual property-while studying at least one course in the other area. Activities of the Competition, Innovation, and Information Law Programme include sponsorship of the Competition Law Forum, which hosts speakers and conferences throughout the academic year. Their work includes research and programmatic activities regarding all major issues of competition law and policy, involving the academic, government and business communities.

Focal Point: Eleanor Fox,

(For innovation issues)
(For Competition law)

Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

The Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, founded in Lima in 1917, is Peru's number one university, one of the twenty-five best universities in Latin America and the only Peruvian university to be listed among the top five-hundred universities in the world in the international rankings. This placement is recognition of the quality of its education, research, publications, social responsibility, contribution to culture and indisputable institutional and academic leadership.

Focal Point: Alan Fairli,


Queen’s University Belfast School of Law

The Queen’s University Belfast School of Law is widely-acknowledged as one of the leading centres of legal scholarship and research in the United Kingdom. The School’s research activities have impacted nationally and internationally through a diverse range of projects. Staff have made valuable contributions to vital public policy discussions and are active on a variety of fora, including within the International Competition Network (ICN). More recent competition law projects concerned competition law in the international and transnational domains (including the jurisdictional question as well as enforcement) and the State involvement in anti-competitive conduct.

Focal point: Dr. Marek Martyniszyn,



Queen Mary University of London, School of Law

Queen Mary, part of the prestigious University of London, is one of the top UK research universities and a member of the Russell Group of leading UK universities.

The School of Law has as its central focus the role of law and its institutions in contemporary international society and it is divided into two organizational units: the Department of Law, which covers the full spectrum of legal studies; and the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS), which specializes in the knowledge and skills in commercial and competition law that can be placed at the service of government, public bodies, overseas institutions, the legal profession, industry and commerce.

The CCLS also hosts the Institute for Global Law, Economics and Finance (IGLEF), which constitutes a forum for stimulating and conducting interdisciplinary research and disseminating knowledge on the areas of law, economics and finance. The Institute in particular focuses on advancing legal scholarship, bringing together scholars, policymakers and practitioners in competition law, economics and competition policy and influencing their development and application in practice through research projects, conferences, teaching and publications.

Focal Points:
IGLEF: Professor Ioannis Kokkoris, Chair in Law and Economics
Department of Law: Iris Benohr, Lecturer in commercial and consumer law



Research Group for Competition Law, Universidad San Francisco de Quito

The Research Group for Competition Law is part of the Institute for Legal Research of Universidad San Francisco de Quito. The Research Group is a joint initiative of the School of Law and the Ecuadorian competition agency: Superintendencia de Control del Poder de Mercado. Besides nurturing a setting that enables academic dialogue between researchers, practitioners and the competition agency, it provides research opportunities to explore Ecuadorian competition law and closely related fields. This is the first academic project in Ecuador that methodically seeks to study the relatively new competition regime.

Focal Point: Mario Navarrete


Research Group on Economic Law and International Economic Law, Waseda University, Japan

Waseda University, founded in 1882 and located in Tokyo, Japan, is one of the nation's leading private universities.  Its research group on economic law, both domestic and international, including competition law, law of regulated industries such as telecommunications, electricity, gas and transportation, trade and investment regulation under the WTO and other international agreements, conducts a wide range of research by academics, practicing lawyers and related government officials.

The research group has built an international network of collaborative study of competition law and economic regulation with Asian, European, and US scholars and lawyers.

Focal Point: Prof. Kazuhiro Tsuchida,
Prof. Akio Shimizu,



Research Group on International Studies, Universidad EAFIT

The Research Group on International Studies at the Universidad EAFIT (Colombia) was established in 2004. Research group members undertake interdisciplinary research into International Business, International Negotiation, International Relations, International Trade and Development, Emerging Countries, and International Migration. The aim of the research group is to contribution to the generation of new knowledge in the international business' academic community and policy makers in Latin America.

Focal point: Prof. Dr. Maria Alejandra Gonzalez-Perez,

Research Institution of Competitive Law, East China University of Political Science and Law

The Research Institution of Competitive Law of the East China University of Political Science and Law (ECUPL), founded in May 2004, is a scientific research institute specialized in competition law under the mutual guidance of the Economic Law School and the International Law School of ECUPL.

Since its establishment, the Institution has undertaken a number of major research projects, including the National Social Science Foundation Project in 2004: "The Research on the Adjustment Mechanism of Anti-Monopoly Law on Natural Monopoly Enterprises"; the Shanghai Social Science Foundation Project in 2006: "The Research on the Relevant Market Definition of Anti-Monopoly Law"; the Research Project of the Antitrust Division of the Ministry of Commerce in 2009: "The Research on the Competition Policy of China"; the Sumitomo Fund Project in 2010: "Study on the Japanese Experiences of Creating and Developing Competition Culture: The Valuable Reference to China´s Enforcement of Competition Law".

With the assistance from relevant domestic and foreign government departments, research institutions, enterprises and the support of the ECUPL, under the guidance of many researchers and professors, thanks to the continuous hard work of all members of the Institution, the Institution has grown into an important platform for the exchange of competition law study and enforcement around the Asian region.

Focal point: Professor Xu Shying,

Small States Network for Economic Development

Small States Network for Economic Development (SSNED) was established in 2006. The Network provides a mechanism of peer learning through twinning arrangements designed to support small states' sustainable development efforts. The Network's mission is to facilitate the exchange of  "best practices" among small states, to promote the increased integration of the concerns and interests of small states into the policies and programmes of the international community, and to undertake or support such related actions as will further these goals and the sustainable development of SSNED Members.

Focal Point: Lino Briguglio,

Tecnológico de Monterrey

Tecnológico de Monterrey was founded in 1943 thanks to the vision of Eugenio Garza Sada and a group of entrepreneurs who formed a non-profit association called Enseñanza e Investigación Superior, A. C. Tecnológico de Monterrey is a private, non-profit, independent institution with no political and religious affiliations. The work of Tecnológico de Monterrey and all its campuses is supported by civil associations made up of a numerous group of outstanding leaders from all over the country who are committed to quality in higher education.

Focal point: Ana Teresa Carrión (Project manager), School of Government and Public Transformation,

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Thailand Development Research Institution

Thailand Development Research Institution (TDRI) was established as a public policy research institute in 1984. Its legal form is that of a private non-profit foundation. It provides technical analysis, mostly but not entirely in economic areas, to various public agencies to help formulate policies to support long-term economic and social development in Thailand. TDRI conducts policy research; Network extensively with other institutions and individuals engaged in policy research, both in Thailand and abroad; and disseminate its research results to ensure maximum impact on policy-making. The Institute has undertaken extensive research in competition law and policy since 1996, and has analyzed the shortfalls of the Thai Trade Competition Act 1999. TDRI also deals with sector-specific regulation, particularly, telecommunications, energy and transport. Besides research, many of TDRI senior research fellows are members of or advisors to high-level government policy-making bodies and are involved in the legislative process.

Focal Point: Dr. Deunden Nikomborirak (Research Director),


Trade Law Centre for Southern Africa - TRALAC

TRALAC is a not-for-profit organization established in February 2002, with the financial support of SECO, the Swiss Department of Economic Development. It consists of a core of trade lawyers and economists with high-level expertise in a range of trade and trade-related areas. TRALAC aims at building trade law capacity in the southern Africa region by engaging with governments and the private sector and civil society, so that these countries can participate effectively in the global economy and negotiate trade agreements that will support their development objectives and realize the potential benefits of international trade.

Focal Point: Trudi Hartzenberg,


Universidad Católica de Chile/Centro de Libre Competencia

Focal Point: María Elina Cruz T.,

University College London (UCL) Centre for Law and Economics & Jevons Institute for Competition Law and Economics, UCL Faculty of Laws

UCL Centre for Law and Economics was founded with the objective of providing a stimulating environment to develop and promote interdisciplinary research in the area of law and economics - considering the field from a wide perspective beyond the ´classical´ approach. The Centre carries out a variety of activities in order to contribute to public discussion in the area. Amongst many others, they include the publication of the UCL L&E Working Paper Series and the organization of seminar series and conferences where speakers present their work to professionals, students and other interested audience. In addition, the Centre promotes specialized teaching in law and economics, providing a range of courses specifically dedicated to the field. It also supports major empirical and theoretical research projects, which include participants across different scientific disciplines, such as law, economics and sociology.

The Jevons Institute for Competition Law and Economics at UCL (The Jevons Institute), set up in 2006, aims through external events, research projects, teaching and publications to stimulate research and debate concerning the application of competition law and industry regulation to the marketplace; and to promote interaction among academic scholars in law and economics, policymakers and enforcement officials, the judiciary, practitioners and business leaders.

Focal Point : Ioannis Lianos,


Universidad de Chile Facultad de Derecho

The Faculty of Law aims, through its work, at contributing to the development and renewal of knowledge in the area of juridical sciences to perfect the legal system of rule of law in order to help build a social coexistence based on greater certainty of justice.

Focal Point: Santiago Montt Oyarzún,

University of Deusto, Bilbao, Spain

Focal Point: Prof. Dr. María Pilar Canedo Arrillaga,

Universidad EAFIT, Colombia

Focal Point: Maria Alejandra Gonzalez-Perez (PhD),

Universidad de Especialidades Espíritu Santo

Universidad de Especialidades Espíritu Santo (UEES) is a center for studies and research located in Guayaquil, Ecuador, dedicated to finding solutions and alternatives for large national and international problems. UEES is recognized as the leading institution in both educational innovation and in the promotion of sound and effective inter-institutional linkages that enable cultural and academic exchanges.

Focal Point: Heinz Moeller,


University of Oxford Centre for Competition Law and Policy (CCLP)

The University of Oxford Centre for Competition Law and Policy (CCLP) promotes research and advanced teaching of competition law and policy. The CCLP provides training and capacity building programmes for the private and public sector.
Focal point: Dr Ariel Ezrachi,

Universidad Sergio Arboleda, Bogotá, Colombia

Focal Point: Ramón Eduardo Guacaneme Pineda,

Université de Toulousse

Focal point : Marc Ivaldi, or


Yeditepe University Faculty of Law

Yeditepe University Law School aims at training successful lawyers that have excellent command of legal knowledge and skills and can compete in an increasingly competitive and complex global environment.

In addition to Turkish law, introductions to foreign and international legal systems are certainly a "must" for the curriculum in order to prepare students for an international practice.

Focal Point: Haluk Kabaalioglu,


Zhong Lun Law Firm

Zhong Lun is one of the first law firms in China to represent foreign clients in antitrust/competition law matters. Zhong Lun competition/antitrust practice team, with eight partners supported by more than thirty associates, is one of the largest and most experienced in China. Since 2003, Zhong Lun has represented clients (including both strategic and financial investors) in merger-control reviews in connection with offshore and inbound M&A transactions and advised a number of high-profile clients on matters which involve abuse of dominance and monopoly agreements related issues.

Our antitrust/competition team is equipped with local expertise as well as international experience gained from our lawyers' previous practice of competition law with prestigious international law firms. A number of the team members are not only well-versed in antitrust/ competition laws, but also experts in particular industries. Chambers Asia has ranked our antitrust/competition law practice in Band 1 in 2011-2013 since it started to rank Chinese firms in this area, and described that "The lawyers in this team have great access to government agencies and are undoubtedly real players in the antitrust arena" .

Focal point: Baisha Zhang,