Friday, October 29, 2010

Berkman Event 9 Nov 2011: Chair Lecture: The Path of Legal Information

Chair Lecture: The Path of Legal Information

John Palfrey, Henry N. Ess Professor of Law and Vice Dean for Library and Information Resources at Harvard Law School & Berkman Center Faculty Co-Director

Tuesday, November 9th, 5:00PM
Harvard Law School
Space is limited; RSVP *Required* to Amar Ashar (

On the occasion of his appointment as the Henry N. Ess III Professor of Law, John Palfrey will give a lecture entitled, “The Path of Legal Information.”

I propose a path toward a new legal information environment that is predominantly digital in nature. This new era grows out of a long history of growth and change in the publishing of legal information over more than nine hundred years years, from the early manuscripts at the roots of English common law in the reign of the Angevin King Henry II; through the early printed treatises of Littleton and Coke in the fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth centuries, (including those in the extraordinary collection of Henry N. Ess III); to the systemic improvements introduced by Blackstone in the late eighteenth century; to the modern period, ushered in by Langdell and West at the end of the nineteenth century. Now, we are embarking upon an equally ambitious venture to remake the legal information environment for the twenty-first century, in the digital era.
We should learn from advances in cloud computing, the digital naming systems, and youth media practices, as well as classical modes of librarianship, as we envision – and, together, build – a new system for recording, indexing, writing about, and teaching what we mean by the law. A new legal information environment, drawing comprehensively from contemporary technology, can improve access to justice by the traditionally disadvantaged, including persons with disabilities; enhance democracy; promote innovation and creativity in scholarship and teaching; and promote economic development. This new legal information architecture must be grounded in a reconceptualization of the public sector’s role and draw in private parties, such as Google, Amazon, Westlaw, and LexisNexis, as key intermediaries to legal information.

This new information environment will have unintended – and sometimes negative – consequences, too. This trajectory toward openness is likely to change the way that both professionals and the public view the law and the process of lawmaking. Hierarchies between those with specialized knowledge and power and those without will continue its erosion. Lawyers will have to rely upon an increasingly broad range of skills, rather than serving as gatekeepers to information, to command high wages, just as new gatekeepers emerge to play increasingly important roles in the legal process. The widespread availability of well-indexed digital copies of legal work-products will also affect the ways in which lawmakers of all types think and speak in ways that are hard to anticipate. One indirect effect of these changes, for instance, may be a greater receptivity on the part of lawmakers to calls for substantive information privacy rules for individuals in a digital age.

An effective new system will not emerge on its own; the digital environment, like the physical, is a built environment. As lawyers, teachers, researchers, and librarians, we share an interest in the way in which legal information is created, stored, accessed, manipulated, and preserved over the long term. We will have to work together to overcome several stumbling blocks, such as state-level assertions of copyright. As collaborators, we could design and develop it together over the next decade or so. The net result — if we get it right — will be improvements in the way we teach and learn about the law and how the system of justice functions.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Conference on Global Competition Law in New Delhi, 19 nov 2010

Global Competition Law Conference: Implementing Competition Law and Policy, Global Perspectives

Global Competition Law Conference:
Implementing Competition Law and Policy, Global Perspectives
19 November 2010, New Delhi, India
Conference website
(From Law and Development Blog)

The recent adoption of competition law statutes in East and South Asia, culminating with the enactment of the Indian Competition Act and the Chinese Antimonopoly Law, mark a significant development to the global business community. Merger control, the application of competition law to unilateral conduct such as distribution agreements, competition issues in intellectual property rights, and state activities in the economy create important challenges in the enforcement of competition law in these crucial markets for policymakers, multinational corporations, law firms and economic consultancies. A number of panels and roundtables will examine these issues, composed by the international and local leaders of the competition/regulatory law and M&A practice.

The public conference will be preceded by an invitation only one-day workshop on the issue of economic development and competition law, a theme that is of particular importance to the global as well as to the local business community.

View the website for the invitation only conference

Major policy makers, academics and practitioners from around the world will analyze these topics and will share their unique expertise in the area of competition law and more specifically in merger control, evidence in competition law, joint ventures, distribution, cartels, and the interaction between competition and intellectual property.

The Centre for Law and Economics (Competition, Regulation and Public Policy section) at UCL acknowledges the support of our Exclusive Indian Legal Partner, Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co.

Registration Fees:
£130 early bird ticket, available until 5pm on 1 October 2010
£170 standard ticket
£130 UCL alumni / Staff / Students ticket
Group discount of 10% discount on the standard ticket price is available for groups (3 or more delegates from the same organization)

The registration fee includes:
- Conference lunch and all other refreshments during the conference on 19 November
- Delegate pack with the conference materials
- Certificate of Participation from the UCL Faculty of Laws

There are three methods of payment for this conference that you can use once you have chosen your ticket:

1. Via credit card - using Google Checkout button at the bottom of the page
2. Via bank transfer - an invoice will be issued with our bank details
3. Via cheque (in GBP) - choose to pay via cheque

To view options 2 and 3, make sure that you click on the 'show' link next to the Other Payment Options section at the bottom of the booking page.

Conference Schedule
08:15 Registration
08:45 Welcome and Introduction
Ioannis Lianos (UCL) & Daniel Sokol (University of Florida)
09:00 Keynote Speakers:
His Excellency Mr. Salman Khurshid (Minister of State for Corporate Affairs of India)
Justice S. H. Kapadia (Chief Justice of India) (tbc)
09:30 Parallel Sessions

PANEL 1: Mergers
Laura Carstensen (UK Competition Commission)


•Simon Baxter (Skadden, Arps)
•Dhanendra Kumar (Chairman CCI)
•Vijaya Sampath (Bharti Airtel)
•Paul Seabright (University of Toulouse, IDEI)
•Pallavi Shroff (Amarchand Mangaldas)

PANEL 2: Evidence in competition law proceedings (burden of proof, standard of proof, presumptions, economic evidence, admissibility and evaluation)

David Lewis (former Chairman, Competition Tribunal of South Africa)

•Jean Yves Art (Associate General Counsel, Microsoft)
•Cristina Caffarra (Vice-President and Head of European Competition Practice, Charles River Associates)
•John Kallaugher (UCL & Latham & Watkins LLP)
•Damien Neven (Chief Economist, DG Competition, European Commission)
•Naval Satarawala Chopra (Amarchand Mangaldas)

11:15 Parallel Sessions

PANEL 3: Competition Issues in Joint Ventures and Distribution Issues

Damien Neven (Chief Economist, DG Competition, European Commission)

•Kiran Desai (Mayer Brown International)
•Ashok Gupta (Aditya Birla Group)
•Jeremy Calsyn (Cleary Gottlieb)
•Ioannis Lianos (UCL)
•Stephen Malherbe (Genesis Analytics)
•Suzanne E Wachsstock (Chief Antitrust Counsel, American Express)

Scott D. Hammond (US Department of Justice Antitrust Division)


•John Beyer (Nathan Associates)
•Marcus Bezzi (Executive General Manager, Enforcement & Compliance Division, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission)
•Ariel Ezrachi (University of Oxford)
•Scott D. Hammond (US Department of Justice Antitrust Division)
•P N Parashar (Member, Competition Commission of India)
•Maarten Pieter Schinkel (University of Amsterdam)

13:30 Key note speakers:

•John Fingleton (Chief Executive at the UK Office of Fair Trading / Chair of the Steering Group, International Competition Network)

14:00 Parallel Sessions
PANEL 5: Intersection between Antitrust and Intellectual Property law issues

Howard Shelanski (Deputy Director, Bureau of Economics, Federal Trade Commission)

•Andrea Appella (Deputy General Counsel, European & Asia, News Corporation)
•Harry First (NYU Law School)
•Damien Neven (Chief Economist, DG Competition, European Commission)
•Robbert Snelders (Cleary, Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP)
•Doug Melamed (General Counsel, Intel)
•P N Parashar (Member, Competition Commission of India)

Government Barriers to Competition

Pradeep S. Mehta (Secretary General, Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS))

•Allan Fels (Dean, The Australia and New Zealand School of Government and Former Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission)
•Shubhashis Gangopadhyay, (Director, India Development Forum)
•Martha Licetti (Head of Competition Policy, World Bank)
•Rahul Sarin (Member, Competition Appellate Tribunal)
•Daniel Sokol (University of Florida)
•Bharat Vasani (GC, Tata Sons)


16:00 Enforcers' Roundtable:
Limits to the discretion of competition authorities: a comparative perspective
(due process, judicial review, priorities setting, guidelines and reductive versus expansive interpretation of the law, comity principles)

Frederic Jenny (Cour de Cassation (Judge of the French Supreme Court) and Chairman, OECD Competition Committee)

•Marcus Bezzi (Executive General Manager of the Enforcement & Compliance Division, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission)
•Laura Carstensen (Deputy Chairman, UK Competition Commission)
•John Fingleton (Chief Executive at the UK Office of Fair Trading / Chair of the Steering Group, International Competition Network)
•Dhanendra Kumar (Chairman, Competition Commission of India)
•Damien Neven (Chief Economist, DG Competition, European Commission)
•Shan Ranburuth (South African Competition Commission)
•Scott D. Hammond (US Department of Justice Antitrust Division)

18:00 Close of Conference

The public conference on 19 November is preceded by an invitation only workshop on the issue of economic development and competition law, a theme that is of particular importance to the global as well as to the local business community.

Additional speakers at this workshop include:

•William Kovacic - Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
•Masahiko Aoki - Stanford University
•Tom Arthur - Emory Univ. Law School
•Aditya Bhattacharjea - Delhi School of Economics
•Thomas Cheng - University of Hong Kong, Law
•Vivek Ghosal - Georgia Institute of Technology, Economics
•Abel Mateus - New University of Lisbon
•George Priest - Yale Law School
•Patrick Rey - IDEI, Toulouse
•Barak Richman - Duke University
•Paul Seabright - IDEI, Toulouse
•Rahul Singh - National University of India, Bangalore
Friday, November 19, 2010 from 8:45 AM - 6:00 PM (GMT+0530)
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