Competition Law and Policy and the Food Value Chain
This On-Topic revisits the complex issues rising in the food sector and its value chain. Both the European Union and the US competition authorities have scrutinized relationships between food chain actors. The increasing market concentration raises new challenges for competition enforcement authorities dealing with the creation of new powerful actors at the distribution but also at the factor of production (input) levels. The concept of superior bargaining power has played a key role, sometimes criticised, in order to assess these relationships. The papers also discuss the critical intersection of competition law with public policy, with the aim to preserve sustainability, food safety and the stability of agricultural markets
Present article considers the issue of conflict and material regulation of international passenger carriage. In this article, a detailed analysis of national and international regulation on the transport of passengers by different types of transport, in particular deals with the classification of types of attachment and conflict of laws according to the international passenger carriage.
Competition and the State analyzes the role of the state across a number of dimensions as it relates to competition law and policy across a number of dimensions. This book re-conceptualizes the interaction between competition law and government activities in light of the profound transformation of the conception of state action in recent years by looking to the challenges of privatization, new public management, and public-private partnerships. It then asks whether there is a substantive legal framework that might be put in place to address competition issues as they relate to the role of the state. Various chapters also provide case studies of national experiences. The volume also examines one of the most highly controversial policy issues within the competition and regulatory sphere—the role of competition law and policy in the financial sector.
This article is concerned with those aspects of the theory and practice of legal settlement that are relevant to questions about the evaluation of legal settlements in scope of antitrust. The problem is about the settlements concluded between businesses and at the same time obeying the domestic competition law. The contemporary debate about these settlements in Russia is normally presented as an interaction between two sets of ideas. On the one hand is general notion of legal settlement. On the other is the view that legal settlement depends on the activity of antimonopoly authority. The author of the article shows that these statements are incomplete and offers his own solutions to the legal problems by applying the postulates ex post and ex ante.
One of the modern lines of the Russian competition law is strengthening of public sanctions for its infringement. However practical application of these sanctions is possible only at full conformity of circumstances of concrete case to all conditions of application of measures of responsibility. These conditions are listed in the administrative legislation, in the criminal code and in the Law on protection of a competition of 2006. Russian and foreign legal practice shows that the most difficult for the determination are boundaries of the product market where there was an anticompetitive offence. What are the practice of application and prospect of updating of rules of a proof of such boundaries? The present article also is devoted the analysis of this point in question. The author shows features and lacks of use of economic arguments at interpretation of legal concept «the product market».
Brands and brand management have become a central feature of the modern economy and a staple of business theory and business practice. Contrary to the law's conception of trademarks, brands are used to indicate far more than source and/or quality. This volume begins the process of broadening the legal understanding of brands by explaining what brands are and how they function, how trademark and antitrust/competition law have misunderstood brands, and the implications of continuing to ignore the role brands play in business competition. This is the first book to engage with the topic from an interdisciplinary perspective, hence it will be a must-have for all those interested in the phenomenon of brands and how their function is recognized by the legal system. The book integrates both a competition and an intellectual property law dimension and explores the regulatory environment and case law in both Europe and the United States.
The paper explores how EU competition law has integrated so far the concept of brands in different areas of enforcement. Although EU competition law has engaged in multiple instances with branding and product differentiation, brands do not yet constitute an operational concept in EU competition law. This is due to an important uncertainty as to the normative choices that need to be made with regard to the relation between brands and the formation of consumer preferences. The concerns raised by retailer power and the development of private labels also indicate that the existing economic theory on product differentiation may not also provide a complete picture on the effects of brands on the competitive process and ultimately on consumers. Competition law will also need to tackle the issues raised by the development of ‘social branding’ and the dialogic interaction between brand owners and consumers in the constitution of their brand identity.