The Academic Society for Competition Law (ASCOLA) will hold its 10th annual conference on May 21-23, 2015 at Meiji University, Tokyo Japan.With Ascola, the conference will be organised by Prof. Iwakazu TAKAHASHI Ph.D.,Faculty of Law, in that university.

General approach

Competition Law promoting the free and fair competition is one of the most important rules in domestic and international transactions. The countries/regions having competition laws are now well over 100 and there are not a little countries/regions drafting the law. In the last years, there has been an attempt to organise a form of convergence between these laws. On the road to that convergence, difficult points have emerged – points where practices vary from country to country possibly depending on specific contexts in each of them. Among those points, the treatment given to the abuse of market power is often mentioned as one of the most important ones. In Tokyo, we would like to address that issue head-on and see whether we are able to identify similarities and differences in the rules regarding that part of competition law worldwide.

Questions papers could address

Within the concept of abuse regulation, we have distinguished the following issues and invite speakers to relate their submission to one or the other of them :

(1) Why was Abuse Regulation introduced originally? Under what form?
(2) What evolution has it undergone since then? Under what theoretical influence? What contribution has economics played in that evolution?
(3) What is the current regulation of abuse of market power (dominant position, monopolisation)?
- In general
- In public utilities
- In the context of intellectual property rights
(4) What is the relationship with specific concepts such as : abuse of superior bargaining position (relative market power), unconscionable conduct etc.
(5) What is the future of abuse regulation, including the possibility of international interventions (ICN, WTO).

The conference papers are welcomed to be built around any of these issues. Other submissions regarding the topic of the conference and not necessarily related to any of these issues are also welcome. The conference is not limited to any specific legal order in particular but on the contrary aims at having a discussion on the evolution of the law throughout the world. The papers should facilitate a discussion of different solutions to similar problems that influence the level of the observance of abuse regulation in competition proceedings wherever such proceedings may take place.

Workshop on developments in competition policy

During the conference, a workshop will be organised on developments in competition policy worldwide. The workshop will take the form of parallel sessions allowing interested speakers to present their on any topic of competition law which, in his/her opinion, has recently given rise to developments in their country or elsewhere. Thus, submissions do not have to relate to the theme of the conference. But we encourage candidates to explore what contribution they can make to this question of abuse, particularly in the light of the rules existing in their home country where such rules have something specific to contribute to the debate on that point. Procedural issues in the regulation of abuse (burden of evidence, type of effects to be examined ) will be included.

The workshop is intended to allow ASCOLA members to apply in their home country for financial assistance relating to the conference even if they present no paper on the theme of the year. The papers will be submitted to the evaluation process applicable to the conference papers.

Submission and publication of papers

ASCOLA members are invited to submit abstracts, together with a CV, for the participation to the conference and/or the workshop, as soon as possible, and no later than December 30. This date should allow us to carefully plan the conference taking into account the probably higher expenses that we will have to face in relation to journeys to Asia. Provided their author(s) agree(s) thereto, the abstracts will be published on the conference webpage. Non-member can submit abstracts and take advantage of that opportunity to apply for membership. The proposals will be evaluated during before January 15 by a ‘Selection Committee’ that will select contributions for presentation in each relevant panel and for publication in the ‘ASCOLA Conference 2015 Proceedings’. Selected speakers will be invited to submit their papers, at least in a provisional version, before the conference. For final submission, all papers will have to conform to the house style applied by the publisher (Edward Elgar). The papers presented during the conference will be published in the Proceedings. Please note that the publisher requests exclusivity for publication. Any question regarding the submission of abstracts and papers can be addressed to the addresses underneath. Interested authors are welcome to discuss their abstract with the organizers before submitting it.

Awards, costs

ASCOLA will cover reasonable travel and accommodation costs of speakers selected for the panels concerning the theme of the conference. The participants to the workshop will have to cover their own costs. For more information, see the internet site of the association. During the conference, a “Best Paper Award” will be handed over to the author whose contribution will have been deemed to be the most rigorous and innovative among those presented. Similarly, a Certificate for the “Most Promising Young Scholar” will be delivered to a scholar under 30 years of age selected among those submitting a paper.

Submission, information, contact

Please direct all submissions, questions, comments, correspondence (whether they concern the workshop or the conference) to the three following addresses:, and Additional information can be obtained through the website of the association :