Conference Digital Technologies, Public Policy, and Competition Law 2023

It is our pleasure to announce the conference ‘Digital Technologies, Public Policy, and Competition Law’ that takes place on 1 and 2 June 2023 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Organised in the framework of the Law Sector Plan Rebalancing Public and Private Interests (Erasmus University Rotterdam) and the Law Sector Plan Digital Legal Studies (Tilburg University), and in collaboration with the Erasmus Center for Economic and Financial Governance (ECEFG), the conference will explore if and how should competition law adapt to technological developments and societal disruptions posed by the growing power of digital technologies, while balancing public and private interests accordingly. 

Some of the issues the speakers will discuss are, for instance, can – and should – the enforcement of competition law against (big) tech companies integrate public policy considerations beyond efficiency, like fundamental rights or sustainability concerns, and whether the consumer welfare is an obsolete concept for dealing with the challenges of digital markets and other problems like climate change, inequality, and threats to democratic processes. 

The keynote speakers will be Prof Anna Gerbrandy (Utrecht University) and Ana Malheiro (European Commission). The draft programme is available here.

The conference will only take place in person. If you would like to attend, please register by filling in the form on the following link: 

With any further questions, you are welcome to reach out to the conference organisers Dr María Campo Comba (Assistant Professor at Erasmus School of Law; and Tjaša Petročnik (PhD Candidate at Tilburg Law School;