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 Regulation. It was initiated and founded by Prof. Yannis Katsoulacos in 2005. The specific format and content of the CRESSE Summer School, Lawyers’ Course, Executive Programme (CALEP) and Annual Conference has been influenced by the suggestions and ideas of a large number of people. Special mention should be made to Prof. Joe Harrington, Prof. Massimo Motta, Prof. Patrick Rey, and Prof. D. Ulph.

The objectives of CRESSE are fivefold:

  1. to organize an annual Conference in which the latest research in the areas of Competition and Regulation is presented and discussed;
  2. to organize an annual Summer School in which Visiting Faculty from a large number of European and US Universities, give the opportunity of high-quality training to practitioners of competition policy and sectoral regulation that wish to be acquainted with the new economic literature and the recent legal developments;
  3. to organize an annual Lawyers’ Course on “The Role of Economics in Competition Law and Practice” which is taught by some of the foremost competition economists in the world targeted to legal experts (lawyers, enforcers or judges) practicing in competition law or in another field of law in which knowledge of economics is helpful;
  4. to co-organize with OECD an annual Executive Programme (CALEP) targeted to the Leaders /Heads and emerging Leaders of Competition Agencies, the Commissioners, the Board Members and the Senior Officials (Directors General and other high-level officers) of Competition and other Regulatory Agencies throughout the world, with courses in competition economics, law and management taught by leading experts with deep expertise and vast practical experience in competition law and its enforcement from both the academia and the private and public sector;
  5. to disseminate research and contribute to the public debate in the areas of competition policy and regulation through the organization, in cooperation with Competition Authorities throughout the world, of Review Workshops, Round Tables and Conferences.


Responsible for day-to-day management is Prof. Yannis Katsoulacos (AUEB).

CRESSE Conference and School Scientific Committee

The CRESSE Scientific Committee consists of Prof. Joe Harrington, Business Economics and Public Policy Department, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (2010 – ), Prof. Leslie Marx, Duke University, The Fuqua School of Business (2019 – ), Prof. Patrick Rey, Toulouse School of Economics (2006 – ), Prof. Thomas Ross Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia (2014 – ), Prof. David Ulph, University of St. Andrews (2006 – ), Prof. Frank Verboven, KU Leuven (2022- ) and Prof. Yannis Katsoulacos, AUEB (2006 – ), who also acts as Chairman and Coordinator. Prof. Massimo Motta (Barcelona Graduate School of Economics) was a member of the Scientific Committee from 2006 – 2010 and Dr. Pierre Régibeau was a member from 2006-2022.

CRESSE Advisory Board

The Board consists of individuals of outstanding reputation in competition law and policy.

The Members of the Board are:

Dr. Cristina Caffarra (Expert economist, Co-Founder and Vice-Chair CEPR Competition Research Policy Network, Honorary Professor UCL)

Prof. Frederic Jenny (ESSEC Business School; Chairman of the OECD Competition Committee)

Prof. William Kovacic (The George Washington University Law School, former Federal Trade Commission Chairman)

Prof. Fiona Scott Morton (Yale School of Management)

Prof. Howard Shelanski (Georgetown University, formerly Director of the Bureau of Economics at the U.S. FTC and Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs)

CRESSE Associates

International network of prominent scholars, policy makers and practitioners in Competition Policy and Regulation, from different countries, that are often involved in the Summer School, the Lawyers’ Course, the Executive Programme (CALEP) and / or the Conference as regular participants, or who collaborate with CRESSE for organising Competition Policy events in their countries, and provide a channel between CRESSE and the academic, policy and consultancy community.

CRESSE Associates (Academics – Economists)

CRESSE Associates (Law, Policy and Practice)

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