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Palace of Knossos, Heraklion, Crete
12th Summer School & Conference 4th Lawyers’ Course 24th June - 6th July, 2017

The Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB) organises the 12th Annual Competition and Regulation European Summer School and Conference (CRESSE) from the 24th of June to the 6th of July, 2017 (Conference dates: June 30th - July 2nd 2017) and the 4th CRESSE Lawyers’ Course (30th June - 3rd July, 2017) in OUT OF THE BLUE Capsis Elite Resort in Heraklion, Crete. The CRESSE Conference Keynote Speakers will be Prof. Louis Kaplow (Harvard Law School) and Prof. Carl Shapiro (University of California at Berkeley). Special Keynote Lawyers’ Lecturer will be William Kovacic (The George Washington University Law School).

2017 Conference Program


The Competition and Regulation European Summer School (CRESSE) has established itself as the top academic summer event in the areas of Competition and Regulation Policy in Europe. Top quality instruction and excellent organisation, with a good atmosphere in beautiful surroundings and the opportunity to participate in a high quality Conference explain the very good ratings given by the participants of the eleven Summer Schools, that have been organised between 2006 and 2016. 


Who we are

CRESSE is a Network of academics and professionals, practicing in Competition or Regulatory Authorities, Consultancies and Legal Practices, with an interest in Competition Policy and Sectoral Regulation. It was initiated by Prof. Y. Katsoulacos in 2005. The specific format and content of the CRESSE Summer School and Annual Conference has been influenced by the suggestions and ideas of a large number of people. Special mention should be made of Prof. J. Harrington, Prof. M. Motta, Prof. P. Rey,  and Prof. D. Ulph.

The CRESSE Scientific Committee consists of Prof. J. Harrington, Prof. Y. Katsoulacos, Dr. P. Regibeau, Prof. P. Rey,  Prof. Th. Ross and Prof. D. Ulph.

Rationale and Objectives

Competition Policy and Sectoral (Network Industry) Regulation have undergone dramatic changes in the past two decades. This has been accompanied by an intellectually vibrant economic literature. Economists have developed new theories to characterize firm behavior and to assess which market contexts warrant government intervention – see for example Prof. D. Whinston (2011 CRESSE Keynote Speaker) “Lectures on Antitrust Economics”, MIT Press (2007) and Prof. M. Motta (CRESSE Lecturer and Member of the Scientific Committee, 2006-2010) “Competition Policy: Theory and Practice”, Cambridge University Press, 2004. Traditional views of which situations warrant intervention have changed substantially.

The economic approach has gained ground both in policy making and in case law, sometimes challenging conventional views. Also, following the liberalization of many network industries, Sectoral Regulation has been increasingly adopting Competition Policy approaches to assess market power.


CRESSE Special Issues and Volumes

A number of special issues and volumes with selected presentations from CRESSE Conferences has been published.
Latest publications:

- Special CRESSE Volume with selected presentations from CRESSE 2014 & 2015 Conferences on Competition Policy in BRICS and Developing Countries published by SPRINGER.

- Special Issue on Advances in the Analysis of Competition Policy and Regulation with selected presentations from 2014 & 2015 Conferences published by the International Journal of Industrial Organization.



Other Events Organised by CRESSE

CRESSE also organises or co-organises a number of other Training Activities on Competition Law and Regulation:
- International Workshop on Advances in Competition Policy Analysis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 6, 2017.

- International Conference on Competition Policy, Nanchang, China, 11-12 May 2018.

Recently CRESSE has organised or co-organised the following Training Activities:
- Joint Workshop co-hosted by the Competition Commission, University of Cape Town and CRESSE, 5 October 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa.

- Review (Training) Workshop and Competition Day
co-organised by CRESSE, FNE and ISCI, 16 – 17 November 2016 in Santiago, Chile.

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