In the 21st century, digital markets are transforming the economy, as technology has penetrated many aspects of people’s lifestyles, from shopping to social interaction. Such digital platforms provide many benefits but have also gained significant control of consumer data, which confers market power. This has raised not only competition-related concerns but also concerns related to consumer protection and privacy. Especially in developing economies like India, digital markets are growing exponentially and this brings with its complexities in the enforcement of antitrust law.
Considering the need to evolve the antitrust measures to suit these newly created markets, the School of Competition Law and Market Regulation at the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (“SoCL&MR”), and the Centre for Competition Law and Policy, National Law University Jodhpur (“CCLP”) are organizing a virtual conference to facilitate the academic discussion.
About the School of Competition Law and Market Regulation
The SoCL&MR is dedicated to the creation of ‘competition culture’ among the market participants which shall augment competition awareness and understanding. The School conducts long-term and short-term courses for training of various stakeholders such as officials of ministries, government departments, regulatory authorities, public and private sector enterprises, students, and other practitioners of competition law.
About the Centre for Competition Law and Policy
Established with the vision to promote interdisciplinary research in the field of competition law and policymaking, In 2016, the CCLP became India’s first competition law research centre to partner the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development at its Research Partnership Platform. The CCLP regularly organizes academic conferences, panel discussions, and lecture series which see involvement from practitioners, noted academicians, and former as well as current members of the Competition Commission of India. It also publishes a biannual research journal named the Indian Competition Law Review.
About the Virtual Conference
The panel will examine the overall need to update the legislative framework to keep up with the antitrust concerns raised with the evolution of the digital markets. This panel will also consider the scenarios of nascent markets such as India, where the antitrust authorities are required to find a balance between curbing a developing digital market and regulating it.
- Ms. Avantika Kakkar, Partner and the Head of Competition Practice, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
- Dr. Sean Ennis, Professor of Competition Policy, Norwich Business School Centre for Competition Policy
- Dr. Vijay Kumar Singh, Dean, School of Law, University of Petroleum & Energy Studies
Date: October 24, 2020 at 3 p.m. IST
Registration: Interested participants can register before 11:59 pm on October 23, 2020, at a nominal fee of Rs. 500/-. However, people registering before October 20 can avail of an early bird discount and register at Rs. 350/-. Click here to register.
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