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TILEC Seminar: Heike Schweitzer (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

Date: Time: 10:45 Location: ONLINE Meeting

Novel rules for novel power? A closer look at the Digital Markets Act

The Digital Markets Act is widely perceived as a fundamental redefinition of the legal framework for digital markets. The marketing of the proposed regulation as an "act" reflects the Commission's ambition to formulate the ground rules for the digital era and to set a framework of global impact. At the same time, the most important trigger for the Commission's initiative seems to be a perceived need or faster intervention. This raises the question: Does the Digital Markets Act simply spell out, in a somewhat simplifying manner, the rules of conduct that follow from EU competition law? Or does it deviate from these principles and take a different normative turn? The answer to this question is obfuscated by the unclear formulation of the goals of the proposed regulation. What exactly do "contestability" and "fairness" stand for? The presentation will start with a discussion of the goals of the Digital Markets Act and will continue with an inquiry into the consequences that result from the choice of the goals, namely for the design of the new legal regime.

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Heike Schweitzer, LL.M. (Yale)

Heike Schweitzer holds a chair for private law, economic law and competition law at the Humboldt-University, Berlin. Before, she was professor at the Freie Universität Berlin (2014-2018), at the University of Mannheim (2010-2014) and at the European University Institute in Florence (2006-2010). She has published widely in the field of European and German competition law, including state aid law and regulatory law. Recently, her research has focused on the economic and legal implications of digitisation. From April 2018 – March 2019, Heike Schweitzer has acted as special advisor to Commissioner Vestager on future challenges of digitisation for competition policy. Together with Martin Schallbruch and Achim Wambach, she co-chaired the German governmental Commission “Competition Law 4.0”. Also, she advised the German Economic Ministry on the reform of the regime of abuse control in the context of the 10th amdendment to the German Competition Law.

Host: Enrico Partiti

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