The EU Law Discussion Group is happy to announce an international conference “Transplanting the EU Competition Framework – Trends and Challenges: Eastern Europe”.

The conference will bring together both experienced and young scholars with a research interest in the transposition of the EU competition framework outside its borders. The focus will be on the three developing economies of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) - Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Participants will explore the state of competition frameworks in these countries, analyzing them in relation to “New Generation” Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreements (DCFTAs) between the former and the EU.

While the above-mentioned DCFTAs are associated with significant economic developments in Eastern Europe, establishment of effective competition frameworks (as a safeguard to undistorted trade) plays an important role in their implementation. The conference intends to explore challenges arising in this process. It looks at adoption of the EU competition framework as a basis for respective frameworks in the three target EaP countries and aims to evaluate critically the adjustment of the former to the realities of respective national markets in the latter.

The conference will take place on 19-21 September 2019, at the Oxford University Faculty of Law (conference room – the Cube). It will comprise of both expert panels and individual presentations. The full programme of the conference is below.

Attendance is free of charge, although registration is required. In order to register, please send your details (name, institutional affiliation and current job title/course of study) to Ms Liana Japaridze at


The event is sponsored by the Oxford University Faculty of Law, Somerville College and Oxford University Georgian Society.