Sustainability and Competition Law:  Friends or Foes?

Event date
9 February 2024
Event time
13:00 - 18:00
Oxford week
HT 4
Pembroke College - Pichette Auditorium

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Participation at the event is free of charge (subject to registration)

To register, please follow this link to the ABA event registration page.  

Organised by the Oxford Centre for Competition Law and Policy in Collaboration with the American Bar Association. 

Faced with the serious threat of climate change, companies are increasingly considering a wide range of strategies and collaborations aimed at promoting more sustainable business. While these strategies promote environmental initiatives, they also raise concerns as to their potential adverse effects on competition dynamics. This conference will explore the policy and enforcement challenges associated with the application of competition law to sustainability initiatives. Are the competition law concerns legitimate?  What balance should governments strike between protecting competition and promoting initiatives to save the planet?  How can we refine our policies to enable sustainability initiatives while preventing businesses from using them as a vehicle to dampen competition?


Registration and refreshments



Welcome Remarks: Ariel Ezrachi, Oxford CCLP & Fiona Schaeffer, Chair of the ABA Antitrust Law Section



Should Sustainability Count in Competition Law Assessments:  The Case For and Against

Moderator: Ariel Ezrachi, Oxford CCLP

Simon Holmes, UK Competition Appeal Tribunal

Maarten Pieter Schinkel, University of Amsterdam



Fireside Chat:

Moderator: Fiona Schaeffer, Chair of the ABA Antitrust Law Section

Ann Pope, Senior Director for Antitrust, UK Competition and Markets Authority



Coffee break



Implementation Challenges:  Balancing Sustainability and Competitive Effects in Practice

Moderator: Oke Odudu, Cambridge University 

Peter Tufano, Harvard Business School

Ninette Dodoo, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Maurits Dolmans, Cleary Gottlieb

Vanessa Turner, BEUC

Ruben Maximiano, OECD

Julian Nowag, Oxford CCLP and Lund University

 Open discussion 



Final reflections

Grant Bermann, Milbank LLP, Washington, DC, Anne Catherine Faye, Analysis Group, Boston, MA, Nicole Kar, Linklaters LLP, London