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VII BRICS International Competition Conference
The VII BRICS International Competition Conference will be held from 9th to 10th November 2021 at the Century City New International Convention and Exhibition Center at Chengdu City, Sichuan Province of China. The conference will focus on the theme “Openness · Competition · Development”. The BRICS Competition Law and Policy Centre takes an active part in the organization of the upcoming conference. The BRICS International Competition Conference is an important activity within the framework of the BRICS Summit. Since 2009, it has been held every two years in rotation among BRICS countries, and so far it has been held six times.
Combating cross-border cartels
On June 1, 2021, the 3rd meeting of the UNCTAD Working Group on Combating Cross-Border Cartels was held. Alexey Ivanov, Director of the BRICS Competition Centre, and Anna Pozdnyakova, Researcher, took part in the discussion.
Presentation of the book "Patent law - alive and dead"
On May 28, the presentation of the book "Patentnoe pravo zhivoye i mertvoye" ("Patent law - alive and dead") by the BRICS Competition Law and Policy Centre and the Institute of Law and Development of the HSE-Skolkovo and the round table of the same name took place at the Faculty of Law of the HSE-St. Petersburg.
Conference “The Promise of Computational Competition Law and Economics”
The BRICS Competition Law and Policy Centre and the Hellenic Competition Commission co-organised an international online Conference on “The Promise of Computational Competition Law and Economics”, supported by the Journal of Competition Law and Economics.
UNCTAD-UNECE Regional Policy Dialogue on the role of Competition Policy in supporting MSMEs economic recovery in the post COVID19 crisis
The UNCTAD Regional Policy Dialogue is an interactive discussion organised in collaboration with UNECE and in partnership with the BRICS Competition and Policy Center. This Regional Dialogue brought together representatives and officials of government MSME bodies, as well as competition authority representatives from across the region to discuss how competition policy could support MSMEs in their recovery post COVID-19 with a specific focus on market access. The event prioritised sharing experiences and best practices that have emerged during this crisis. The event was held via Zoom and included simultaneous multilingual interpretation in English and Russian.
First Digital Day 2021 on "Diversities and Technological Liberties"
The BRICS Antimonopoly Centre was a partner of the Digital Day, a discussion on diversity and technological freedoms organized by the University of Florence, which was awarded the medal of the President of the Italian Republic. During the discussion, the experts gave their opinion on the following questions: What role do technologies play in managing the social, cultural and economic diversity of modern societies? Can they become a factor of development and cohesion, and not another cause of discord and discrimination?
Competition issues in the markets of medicines and medical devices during the pandemic
BRICS + session "Competition issues in the markets of medicines and medical devices during the pandemic" took place on December 17 as part of the traditional International conference “Antimonopoly Policy: Science, Practice, Education” of the FAS of Russia and the Skolkovo Foundation, held with the support of the BRICS Competition Law and Policy Centre.
VI International conference "Antimonopoly Policy: Science, Practice, Education"
On December 17, the VI International conference "Antimonopoly Policy: Science, Practice, Education" jointly organized by the FAS Russia, Skolkovo Foundation and BRICS Competition Centre was opened by the plenary session.
Access to Healthcare and Competition Policy
CUTS International (Geneva) and CUTS Institute for Regulation and Competition (New Delhi) on the eve of the World Competition Day held the Webinar titled “Access to Healthcare and Competition Policy”.
Presentation of BRICS Competition Law and Policy Centre at BRICS countries' competition authorities meeting
The heads of the BRICS countries' competition authorities met in a new online format. Alexey Ivanov, Director of the BRICS Competition Law and Policy Centre, made a presentation on the work of the Centre.
Fighting Cross-Border Cartels through international cooperation in times of crisis
The goal of the webinar was to understand how international cooperation among competition authorities (particularly in developing countries) in times of crisis (e.g. 2008 financial crisis and 2019 COVID19) can be instrumental in the fight against cross-border cartels forming as a result of the crisis-related business activities. The book “Fighting Cross-Border Cartels: The Perspective of the Young and Small Competition Authorities” (March, 2020 by Hart Publishers) served as a basis for reflexion to explore how developing countries can effectively detect and sanction cartels that have cross border reach.
Meeting of the BRICS Working Group on Competition in Pharmaceutical Markets
On March 13, the BRICS Antimonopoly Center, together with the FAS Russia, held a meeting of the BRICS working group on competition in the pharmaceutical markets.
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VI BRICS Competition Conference
Over the past 10 years, the BRICS competition authorities have continuously deepened practical interaction and created the necessary institutional system for the further progressive development of multilateral cooperation. An important institutional element in the joint work of the antimonopoly authorities of the BRICS countries has become the BRICS Competition Conference.
BRICS International Academic Workshop
On September 16, 2019, on "Day Zero" of the VI BRICS Competition Conference, the BRICS Antimonopoly Centre brought together more than 40 leading academic researchers from BRICS and European countries at the Higher School of Economics for the International Academic Seminar on Competition Protection in the Digital Age. The seminar was attended by practicing lawyers, students, graduate students and educators of Moscow universities and participants of the Competition Conference under the auspices of the BRICS.
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FAS December Conference
The December Conference has been hosted (annually) in Moscow for many years and supported by the Russian Competition Authority (FAS) and the HSE-Skolkovo Institute for Law and Development. The sessions were dedicated to topical issues of modern antitrust law, such as the dominance of digital platforms, control of global transactions of economic concentration in new conditions, countering cartels in the digital age, abuse of intellectual property rights, tariff regulation, control of state order, etc.
Roundtable "Anticompetitive Practices of Big Pharma: the response of the Competition Authorities of BRICS+"
The Roundtable "Anticompetitive Practices of Big Pharma: the response of the Competition Authorities of BRICS+" was organised in a Q&A format. Participants answered three question categories from the moderator. The speakers who participated in the discussion are key international experts in the field of antitrust from Europe and Asia, BRICS countries, and representatives of regulatory authorities. The session was attended by the head of the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia, Igor Artemyev, who also made closing remarks at the session.
'The Global Food Chain: Prospects for Development of Competition Law and Policy' (an International Conference)
On 18-20 May, the Institute for Law and Development in conjunction with University College London, in the framework of the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum, held an international conference on 'The Global Food Chain: Prospects for Development of Competition Law and Policy'.
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The Global Food Chain: Prospects for Development of Competition Law and Policy
The purpose of the conference was to engage in intensive cooperation across the antitrust authorities of the BRICS countries and with representatives of the scientific community working on issues of law, economics, and the sociology of food markets. The conference was held spanning May 18 and 20, during which was organised seven plenary meetings with the participation of students and postgraduates of the Higher school of Economics, guests of the St. Petersburg Forum, international experts and researchers in the field of antitrust from the United States, Europe, and primarily the BRICS countries.