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14th Summer School & Conference
6th Lawyers’ Course 29th June - 11th July, 2019

The 14th Annual Competition and Regulation Summer School and Conference (CRESSE) will be organised from the 29th of June to the 11th of July, 2019 (Conference dates: July 5th - July 7th, 2019) and the 6th CRESSE Lawyers’ Course from the 5th July to the 8th July, 2019, in AMATHUS BEACH HOTEL, Rhodes, Greece. The CRESSE Conference Keynote Speakers will be Prof. Richard Gilbert (University of California Berkeley), Prof. Robert Porter (Northwestern University, Co-Director, Center for the Study of Industrial Organization), Prof. Ariel Ezrachi (Pembroke College, University of Oxford) and Prof. Fiona Scott Morton (Yale School of Management).

The CRESSE annual conference offers a, probably unparalleled, breadth of academic research in competition and regulation, combined with topical policy discussions and insights into the most recent developments in the main jurisdictions around the world.

2018 Conference Material

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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 thirteen Summer Schools, that have been organised between 2006 and 2018. 


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:

  • Volume on “Excessive Pricing and Competition Law Enforcement: Legal and Economic Aspects” by SPRINGER
  • Special Issue on “Advances in the Analysis of Competition Policy and Regulation” by the International Journal of Industrial Organization.
  • Special Issue on “Competition Policy in Developing Countries” by the Review 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:
- ISCI – CRESSE Latin America Summer School, Santiago, Chile 10-13 December 2018.

Recently CRESSE has organised or co-organised the following Training Activities:
- Competition Economic Workshop, Johannesburg, 05-07 September 2018.
- Lectures in Competition Police, Nanchang, China, 09-10 May 2018.
- International Conference on Competition Policy, Nanchang, China, 11-12 May 2018.

- GDEC-CRESSE International Workshop on Advances in Competition Policy Analysis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 6, 2017.
- Lectures in Competition Analysis, Brasil, November 8, 2017

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