8th Competition Law and Policy Conference in Memory of Professor Vedran Šoljan


The ‘Goals of Competition Law in the Changing World’ conference was held in Dubrovnik from 25–27 May 2023. The conference was organised by the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Economics and Business, the Croatian Competition Agency, the Croatian Competition Law and Policy Association, and the European Documentation Centre (EFZG), with the support of Academic Society for Competition Law (ASCOLA), ASCOLA South East Europe Chapter, ASCOLA Central Europe Chapter, the Centre for Antitrust and Regulatory Studies at the University of Warsaw, and the ELI Croatian Hub.

The conference honoured the memory of the late Professor Vedran Šoljan (1962–2008), one of Croatia’s competition law pioneers. It traditionally offers a platform for discussion about recent developments in the area of EU and national competition law. It focuses on Central and East Europe (CEE) and South-East Europe (SEE).

This year’s agenda included topics such as competition law's goals, institutional resilience and competition authorities, judicial review, private enforcement of competition law by consumers, and abuse of dominance. In addition, compliance workshops addressed practical issues in drafting competition law complaints, challenging infringement decisions, and drafting antitrust damages claims.

A keynote speech on the topic of antitrust goals was given by Professor Spencer Weber Waller (Loyola University Chicago).

The conference agenda and additional information are available on the conference website.