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Weber Waller becomes director of antitrust studies at Loyola

Premium - 01 October 2000

Chicago's Loyola School of Law has recently appointed Spencer Weber Waller JD as its director of Consumer Antitrust Studies and professor of law.

Deputy chairmen of UK Competition Commission announced

Premium - 01 October 2000

On August 14 the minister for competition and consumer affairs, Kim Howells, announced two appointments as Deputy Chairman of the Competition Commission. Professor Paul Geroski is appointed to replace Graham Corbett CBE. He is Professor of Economics at the London Business School.

Beatriz Boza resigns from Indecopi

Premium - 01 October 2000

August 30 saw the resignation of Beatriz Boza from her post as president of the Peruvian National Institute for the Defence of Competition and the Protection of Intellectual Property.

John Temple-Lang quits as hearing officer

Premium - 01 October 2000

John Temple-Lang, one of the EU competition department's most senior directors, has announced his resignation, citing the EU's unwillingness to embrace and pursue reform of its merger review process as the reason. Temple-Lang is reported as having said that the Commission lacked the will to introduce reforms that would ensure companies were given a fairer hearing when examined by the EU.

Joel Klein to step down

Premium - 01 October 2000

Although it has been an open secret, Joel Klein, head of the US Department of Justice's Antitrust Division, has thus far declined to give specific reasons for his decision to resign, other than to mention in a statement to the press that the time had come to 'seek new challenges'.

Belgium: The revised merger control regime one year on

Premium - 01 October 2000

An important reform of Belgian competition law entered into force in October 1999. The main aims of the law as far as mergers are concerned were to improve legal certainty by focusing on transactions with close links to Belgium and, more generally, to meet the needs of industry. After almost a year of application, most of those aims seem to have been achieved. However, although the institutional aspects of the reform made a good start in January, some new hurdles have recently appeared and Belgium still needs to improve its institutional structures to ensure an effective competition policy.

Argentina: The ‘effects’ question in the case law of the Antitrust Commission

Premium - 01 October 2000

The tendency of the Commission seems to be to apply a broad interpretation of the ‘effects’ question. How its policy will develop in the future remains to be seen.

Prison works, say top antitrust enforcers

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Tom Blass reports from Amsterdam on the IBA 2000 Conference’s session on the Criminalisation of Antitrust, where the audience was treated to some scary stuff about custodial sentences

News and developments: Academia

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Weber Waller becomes director of antitrust studies at Loyola

Netherlands: New Dutch Postal Act anticipates EU liberalisation

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The new Dutch Postal Act provides for a further liberalisation of the postal market than is required in the relevant EU directive. Under the new Postal Act, the exclusive rights granted to the national postal operator for the distribution of mail will be limited to letters weighing up to and including 100 grammes and at a maximum rate of three times the public tariff for the single item. The Dutch government intends to fully liberalise the national postal market by 2003, unless insufficient progress has been made in neighbouring countries.