Guest Blogger: D. Daniel Sokol

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Dodane przez Tekst gościnny Lipiec 12, 2009 16:19

Guest Blogger: D. Daniel Sokol

It’s Antitrust in Poland‚s great pleasure to welcome as today’s guest blogger D. Daniel Sokol Assistant Professor of Law at the Levin College of Law, University of Florida.

This is a very exciting time to be a competition lawyer in Europe. Cartel enforcement by the Commission and National Authorities is at an unprecedented level. Enforcers have brought a series of cutting edge cases in the area of abuse of dominance and state aids. Among Central European countries, the current financial crisis has shaken some of the basic beliefs of the market and competition as the basis for economic organization. However, it is precisely in times of crisis that a broader competition policy is more important. Historical works illustrate that government responses to the Great Depression reduced consumer welfare by encouraging government created or supported cartels.

Poland is now at a point of entering its second generation of competition law and policy. The first generation created the law and began its implementation. The current generation has the more difficult task of creating a long lasting competition culture. There is no one recipe for success for creating a competition culture among practitioners. However, there are a number of key constituencies that must be engaged. I will focus on two such constituencies for this blog post:

University faculty in law and economics. Without people to teach in this area, there will not be sufficient training for the next generation of agency staff and leadership and for the private practitioner community. A sophisticated set of course offering, based on economic learning, should improve the overall quality of practice in the country.

Private practice. With a sophisticated private sector of lawyers and economists involved in competition law, the overall quality of agency staff should increase in Poland. With better practitioners, this sets a higher bar for the agency. Private sector lawyers and economists also serve as a potential recruiting ground for the Polish competition agency. Individuals from private practice may see an agency leadership position as a way to enhance their profile and long-term career prospects

D. Daniel Sokol
Assistant Professor of Law
University of Florida Levin College of Law
Spessard L. Holland Law Center

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Dodane przez Tekst gościnny Lipiec 12, 2009 16:19
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