Training of national judges

What was the client issue?

In the last five years, the European Commission has made substantial efforts to promote the private enforcement of competition law and to ensure that decision-making across Member States is informed and consistent. An important part of this policy initiative is the training of national judges in EU competition law, including the use of economics. 

How did we help the client solve it?

With funding from the Commission, and based on our long-standing experience in providing competition economics training, we held a series of workshops in London and Brussels for national judges focusing on the use and interpretation of economic evidence in competition cases. The workshops included seminars on the economic principles relevant to Articles 101 and 102 TFEU, mergers and private damages claims, as well as interactive case studies and mock hearings. This training formed an important part of the Commission's initiative because a better understanding of economics is expected to result in more informed and consistent decisions across Europe. 

Why was the outcome compelling for the client?

The workshops, organised in association with the Association of European Competition Law Judges, provided access to economic experts with long-standing experience in competition law. The seminars on the economic principles gave the delegates a comprehensive grounding in the economics, while the interactive case studies and mock hearings allowed them to put their new knowledge into practice. The geographic coverage of the delegates (which included Belgium, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain and the UK) allowed them to exchange views and experiences, and learn from each other.