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The International League of Competition Law (LIDC) is a long standing association which focuses on the study of competition (antitrust) law, intellectual property law and unfair competition, both at the national and international levels. It promotes mainly the principles of fairness and justice in competitive trade.
At the Geneva Congress, which took place in October 6-9 October 2016, the League has elected the New President, José Antonio Faria Correa (Brazil), the First Vice-President Carmen Verdonck (Belgium), two Vice-Presidents, Christophe Rapin (Switzerland), Zoltan Barakonyi (Hungary), the General Secretary Michel Ponsard (France), the Deputy General Secretary Nathalie Lobel (UK), the Treasurer Ondrej Cerych (Czech Republic) and the Deputy Treasurer Marianne Decker (Luxemburg).
National groups members of the League
5-8 October 2017 - Congress in Rio de Janeiro
Question A : "What are the major competition/anti-trust issues generated by the growth of online sales platforms, and how should they be resolved ?"
International Rapporteur : Joao Marcelo de Lima Assafim (Brazil)
Question B : “To what extent do current exclusions and limitations to copyright strike a fair balance between the rights of owners and fair use by private individuals and others ?"
International Rapporteur : Benoît Michaux (Belgium)
Events regarding antitrust issues, intellectual property and unfair competition
Brussels : ANBPPI Study Day - 24 November 2016 - Protection of biodiversity, protection of trademarks on internet : recent developments. The new Belgian tax regime on revenues from innovation and patents.
Paris : AFEC/Cour d'Appel de Paris - 1st December 2016 - Le droit français de la Concurrence, trente ans après..." et "L'Ordonnance du 1er décembre 1986 : rétrospectives et perspectives" - Registration Form
Webinar CLA-AFEC-LIDC - 17 January 2017 - Recent Developments in Private Actions: the perspective from the UK, Netherlands and France
Other activities of the National groups associations can be found on their websites :
Robert Collin has left us a few weeks ago.
Robert, a famous member of the Paris Bar and Chairman of the LIDC between 2000 and 2002, was described as one of the Popes of European law.
He developed two areas of specialization, intellectual property law and competition law, and pleaded two of the first cases in these fields brought before the European Court of Justice: the Grundig/Consten and the Café Hag cases.
Robert perfectly illustrated the symbol of the LIDC slogan: “Where Competition and IP meet”.
He was a great speaker. His speeches were brilliant and he knew how to find the good words expressing the good idea. He was moreover deeply human and modest.
And the only thing which compensates for our sadness is that he now will be able to resume, in another world, his fruitful debates with other friends of the LIDC which left us before him, such as Yves Saint-Gal, Guy Leigh, Aimé De Caluwé, Jarmila Traplova, Jacques Guyet, Carlos Henrique Froes, Antoine Braun or also John Burrell.