The ZEW Centre for European Economic Research, the Mannheim Centre for Competition and Innovation (MaCCI), the University of Mannheim and WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management are pleased to announce their invitational conference on "Public and private enforcement of competition law - Legal and economic perspectives". The objective of the conference is to stimulate discussion between lawyers and economists on issues of public and private enforcement of practical interest and relevance. A particular focus lies on international comparisons of experiences with both law enforcement options.

Organising Committee

Selection of Topics

  • Public and private enforcement – Comparative strengths and weaknesses
  • Public enforcement – Empirical data and legal challenges of calculating fines
  • Private enforcement – Experiences in the Member States, open issues, the economic function of private damage claims
  • Interaction of public and private enforcement
  • Procedural aspects of public and private enforcement – Standard of proof, access to evidence, presumptions
  • Economic evidence in courts
  • Forum shopping

To stimulate the interaction between lawyers and economists, the session presentations are followed by a panel discussion with academics and practitioners with backgrounds in either law or economics.


The conference will start on Thursday with lunch. A conference dinner will be offered on Thursday. The conference closes on Friday afternoon.

Programme, (PDF, 65 KB)

Publication of Contributions

It is planned to publish the contributions presented at the conference in an edited book in cooperation with a leading international publishing house. Publication will be subject to a peer review process.


10. - 11.03.2011

Event Location
ZEW, L 7,1 D-68161 Mannheim