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Scientific Committee


Scientific Committee

A group of widely known experts both from the academic and professional worlds ensure that the Project's activities meet the highest standards. 

Members of the Florence Competition Programme Scientific Committee:



Pier Luigi Parcu

European University Institute

Pier Luigi Parcu is part–time Professor at the European University Institute where he directs the Communications and Media Area at the Florence School of Regulation and the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom. From 2004 he is the Chairman of a consultancy company specialized in antitrust and regulatory issues of network industries. Previously, he has been CEO of the Independent System Operator running the Italian Electricity Grid (GRTN), Director of Investigation at the Italian Competition Authority (AGCM) in charge of several regulated sectors. He also served as Chief Economist at the Italian Security and Exchange Commission (CONSOB) and as Economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). His research interests are focused on industrial organization, law and economics, especially on themes concerning the interaction between regulation and antitrust in shaping firms’ behaviour in network industries.


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Pinar Akman

University of Leeds

Pinar Akman is a Professor of Law at the School of Law at the University of Leeds . She was previously a Professor at the UEA Law School at the University of East Anglia where she was a faculty member of the ESRC Centre for Competition Policy. Previously she worked at the University of Ankara Law School as a Research Associate and qualified as a lawyer in Turkey. Professor Akman has published widely in the area of competition law and economics. She is the author of the monograph The Concept of Abuse in EU Competition Law: Law and Economic Approaches (Hart Publishing, 2012). She is a Non-Governmental Advisor to the UK and to Turkey for the ICN’s Unilateral Conduct Working Group and Cartels Working Group, respectively. She is a member of the ESRC Peer Review College and in 2014, she was appointed by the International League of Competition (LIDC) as the International Rapporteur responsible for preparing an international report and a resolution on abuse of dominance in preparation for the Annual Congress in 2015. Professor Akman holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Ankara, and obtained a Ph.D. in Competition Law from the University of East Anglia.

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Timothy Brennan

University of Maryland 

Tim Brennan is a Professor of Public Policy and Economics at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a senior fellow at Resources for the Future (RFF). He bagan his career as a staff economist at the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice, where he worked on the monopolization cases against AT&T and Microsoft. He has been the senior staff economist for industrial organization and regulation for the White House Council of Economic Advisers and a staff consultant at the Bureau of Economics at the US Federal Trade Commission. In 2006, he held the T.D. Mac Donald Chair in Industrial Economics at the Canadian Competition Bureau, and in 2014 he served as Chief Economist at the US Federal Communications Commission. Tim has published over 130 articles and book chapters. He has co-authored 2 books on electricity policy with colleagues at RFF and, with Pier Luigi Parcu and others, has co-edited five books on postal sector economics. He holds a M.A.  in Mathematics and a PhD in Economics from the University of Wisconsin.

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Gregory S. Crawford

University of Zurich
Professor Gregory S. Crawford is a Professor of Applied Microeconomics at the University of Zurich, member of the steering committee for the Association of Competition Economists (ACE), and co-Director of the Industrial Organization Programme at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). He holds a PhD in Economics from Stanford University (1998). Prior to joining the faculty at Zurich, he held academic positions in the UK and US at the University of Warwick, the University of Arizona, and Duke University. In 2007-2008, he was the Chief Economist at the Federal Communication Commission (FCC), the United States media and communications regulator. Professor Crawford is an empirical economist specializing in the fields of industrial organization, econometrics, and media and communications economics. Recent research includes evaluating the efficiency and foreclosure incentives arising from vertical integration in US television markets. He has consulting experience in the US, UK, and Germany on topics including measuring damages from potentially anticompetitive behavior, evaluating competitive harms from horizontal and vertical mergers, and determining appropriate copyright royalties and their division among rightsholders.

Lapo Filistrucchi

University of Florence

Lapo Filistrucchi is currently a tenured Researcher at in the Department of Economics and Management at University of Florence (Italy). At Tilburg University, he is a member of the Centre for Economic Research (CentER) and of the Tilburg Law and Economics Centre (TILEC). In addition, Lapo is Associate Editor of Information Economics and Policy and member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Media Economics. Lapo Filistrucchi obtained his PhD in Economics at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, in November 2005. Before that, he studied Humanities at high school Galileo in Florence, then obtained a degree in Economics and Commerce at the University of Florence in September 1999 and a Master in Economics at Coripe-Piemonte in Turin in July 2000.


Michal Gal

University of Haifa

Michal Gal is Professor and Director of the Forum on Law and Markets at the Faculty of Law, University of Haifa, Israel. She was Visiting Professor at NYU, Georgetown, Melbourne and Lisbon. She is the author of several books and she also published scholarly articles on a number of competition law issues. Inter alia, she was chosen as one of the ten most promising young legal scholars in Israel (Globes, 2007) and as one of the leading women in competition law around the world (Global Competition Review, 2013). Her paper, "Merger Policy for Small and Micro Economies", won the Antitrust Writings Award for best paper on merger policy in 2013. She served as a consultant to several international organizations (including OECD and UNCTAD) on issues of competition law in small and developing economies and was a Non-Governmental Advisor of the ICN. She also advised several small economies on the framing of their competition laws. She is a board member of several international antitrust organizations, including the American Antitrust Institute, The Antitrust Consumer Institute, the Asian Competition Law and Economics Center, and the Academic Society for Competition Law.


Leigh Hancher

European University Institute

Leigh Hancher is a Professor of European Law at the University of Tilburg and is also attached to the Amsterdam office of Allen & Overy as Counsel. Her research interests concern energy market regulation, EU state aids and energy market governance. Leigh has been a Professor since 1991, initially at the Erasmus University, Rotterdam. In 1996 she was Visiting Professor in “Natural Resources Law” at the University of Calgary, Canada. She has broad experience in energy regulation issues at the European and national levels. Her expertise, as well as her academic research are focused on the changing role of the government in stimulating the liberalisation of traditionally heavily regulated sectors. Leigh studied Law at the Universities of Glasgow and Sheffield, and at the EUI. In 1989 she obtained, with distinctions, her doctorate in Law at the University of Leiden.


Pablo Ibanez-Colomo

London School of Economics

Pablo Ibáñez Colomo is Associate Professor of Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He received a Ph.D. from the European University Institute in June 2010 (Jacques Lassier Prize). Before joining the EUI as a Researcher in 2007, he taught for three years at the Law Department of the College of Europe (Bruges), where he also took an LL.M. in 2004. In 2008, Pablo spent six months as a TTLF fellow at Stanford Law School. He has been invited as a guest lecturer at several institutions.


Christian Jaag

Universities of St. Gallen and Zürich, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne

Christian Jaag is Lecturer at the Universities of St.Gallen and Zürich as well as at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne and a Managing Partner with Swiss Economics. His focus is on economic and competition policy. He advises corporate and public-sector clients on strategic issues between competition and regulation. He has been Head of Regulation PostMail and Head of Regulatory Economics at Swiss Post. After his studies in St.Gallen (HSG) and Paris (ESCP) he received a Ph.D. in Economics and Finance. He was a visiting scholar at the Economics department of Rutgers University.


Thomas Jeitschko

Michigan State University
Thomas D. Jeitschko is a Professor of Economics who serves as the Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Provost for Graduate Education at Michigan State University. His research interests are in applied economic theory with concentrations in industrial organization, law and economics, and micro-economics more broadly. He has published in a wide variety of journals, including the American Economic Review, the European Economic Review, Games and Economic Behavior, Economic Theory, the Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, and the Journal of Industrial Economics; and he is an associate editor of the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization and the International Journal of Industrial Organization. Thomas has also worked in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He advises and consults for States Attorneys General Offices throughout the U.S. and has been retained by the U.S. Department of Justice as an expert. He teaches in Economics, Public Policy, MBA and Law programs on antitrust, regulation, and industrial organization.

Frédéric Jenny

ESSEC Business School

Frédéric Jenny is Professor of Economics at ESSEC Business School in Paris, where he is also Director of International Relations and Co-Director of the European Center for Law and Economics. Frédéric Jenny has been a Judge at the Supreme Court of France (Cour de Cassation) and Chairman of the OECD Competition Law and Policy Committee. Prof Frédéric Jenny studied in France and in the United States and hold a Doctorat en Sciences Economiques from the University of Paris and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Harvard University. He has written extensively on industrial organization, competition and trade and economic development issues.


William E. Kovacic

George Washington University

William E. Kovacic is Global Competition Professor of Law and Policy; Professor of Law; Director of the Competition Law Center at the George Washington University. Before joining the Law School in 1999, William Kovacic was the George Mason University Foundation Professor at the George Mason University School of Law. From January 2006 to October 2011, he was member of the Federal Trade Commission and chaired the agency from March 2008 to March 2009. He was the FTC’s General Counsel from June 2001 to December 2004. In 2011, he received the FTC’s Miles W. Kirkpatrick Award for Lifetime Achievement. Since August 2013, Kovacic has served as a Non-Executive Director with the United Kingdom’s Competition and Markets Authority. From January 2009 to September 2011, he was Vice-Chair for Outreach for the ICN. He has advised many countries and international organizations on antitrust, consumer protection, government contracts, and the design of regulatory institutions and he has published extensively on these issues.He is co-editor (with Ariel Ezrachi) of the Journal of Antitrust Enforcement.


Giorgio Monti

European University Institute

Giorgio Monti joined the EUI in 2010, where he holds the Chair in Competition Law, and is presently Head of Department. He writes on all aspects of competition law, with a particular interest in the aims pursued by antitrust enforcement; his book "EC Competition Law" (2007, second edition in preparation) places antitrust enforcement in its economic, institutional and policy context to explain how the law evolves. He has taught competition law at all levels, from undergraduates to industry professionals and also to judges and civil servants. He is a Non-Governmental Adviser to the International Competition Network, and member of the editorial board for Concorrenza e Mercato.


Annetje Ottow

University of Utrecht

Annetje Ottow is Dean of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance from September 2014. In addition, she is currently Professor of Public Economic Law at the Utrecht University. She concentrates on the fields of market regulation and regulators, competition and European law. Her current research relates to independent regulators, with special focus on the institutional design and the supervisory and enforcement instruments used. Since September 2013, she has been appointed as member of the Supervisory Board to VU University Amsterdam and VU University Medical Center. Since October 2013, Ottow is Non-executive Director to the Board of the Competition and Markets Authority. Since December 2013, Ottow has been appointed as member of the Supervisory Board of the Dutch Legal Helpdesk. Annetje was Vice President and Non-Executive Board member of OPTA, the Dutch Post and Telecommunications Authority. She is also a Non-Governmental Adviser to the ICN. Before entering the public service and academia, she was a lawyer in private practice for 16 years, active in the areas of competition and regulation.


Michele Polo

Bocconi University

Michele Polo is full Professor at the Bocconi University of Milan, Department of Economics, where he teaches Competition Policy, Regulation and Liberalization, Industrial Organization and Industrial Economics. His main research interests focus on industrial economics, antitrust and political economics. He is also Editor of the il Giornale degli Economisti and Annali di Economia. He was Professor of Economics at the University of Sassari. He publishes extensively on competition issues. He obtained a degree in Economics and Commerce from the Bocconi University, a Master of Science in Economics from the London School of Economics and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Bocconi University.


Patrick Rey

Toulouse School of Economics

Patrick Rey is Professor of Economics at the Toulouse School of Economics. His main research interests focuses on industrial organization, competition law and policy, regulation, economics of organizations and of the firm, contract theory and economics of information. Since 2012, Patrick is President of the European Association for Research in Industrial Economics (EARIE), Senior member of the Institut Universitaire de France. He works as consultant for the World Bank (on Competition policy and economic development) and the OECD (Report on Franchising). He is member of the advisory committees for the French regulator for Telecoms and Postal Services, ARCEP, and the French Competition Authority. Previously, he has been Director of IDEI, fellow of Editorial Board of The Journal of Public Economics, Director of the Laboratory of Industrial Organization, CREST-INSEE, Paris, fellow of Editorial Board of The Review of Economic Studies. He obtained a degree in Engineering from the Ecole Polytechnique and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Toulouse.


Maria Alessandra Rossi

University of Siena

Maria Alessandra Rossi is Assistant Professor of Economic Policy at the University of Siena, with qualification as Associate Professor. Her research interests cover the law and economics analysis of innovation, telecommunications & media economics and digital economics, with specific regard to open source software. She was Visiting Researcher at the University of Oxford, the Council of Europe, the Department of Economics at UC Berkeley, the Santa Fe Institute of Technology, at the University of Paris X and at the Florence School of Regulation. She carried out research and reports for OECD, the Italian Telecommunications NRA (AGCOM), the Italian Ministry of Finance and the Independent Regulatory Group (IRG). She has written numerous essays on national and international journals as: Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, Cambridge Journal of Economics; Telecommunications Policy; Economics of Innovation and New Technologies; Communications & Strategies; European Journal of Law and Economics. Maria Alessandra holds a Ph.D. in Law & Economics from the University of Siena.


Maarten Pieter Schinkel

University of Amsterdam

Maarten Pieter Schinkel is Professor of Economics at the University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics and Business. He is also a Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law. Schinkel is co-director of the Amsterdam Center for Law & Economics (ACLE). His research interests and teaching focuses on industrial organization and regulation theory, in particular the enforcement of competition rules. His recent papers consider aspects of European competition law enforcement, including antitrust damages, settlements, leniency and behavioural State aid conditions. He is a Senior Consultant for Charles River Associates (CRA). He served in several public functions, including as Deputy Economic Counsel to the Board, a temporary academic second with the Netherlands Competition Authority (NMa) in The Hague. Schinkel is a DAAD fellow, a NAF fellow, a Fulbright fellow, a Research fellow of the Tinbergen Institute and a member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities. He obtained a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Maastricht in 2001.


Heike Schweitzer

Free University of Berlin

Heike Schweitzer is Managing Director of the Institute for German and European Economic Law, Competition Law and Regulatory Law at the Free University of Berlin. Her main research interests focus on German and European competition law and US antitrust law, state aid law, telecommunications law and Internet law, public procurement law and financial markets. From 2006 to 2010, she was chair for Competition Law at the EUI, Florence, and from 2010 to 2014 Chair for Private Law and European Economic Law at the University of Mannheim, and Director of the Mannheim Centre for Competition and Innovation (MaCCI). Since January 2011, she is Member of the Kronberger Kreis and since June 2014 is Member of the Advisory Board of WIK. She received a Ph.D. in Law (summa cum laude) by the University of Hamburg.


Mario Siragusa

College of Europe

Mario Siragusa is Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges, European Legal Studies Department. Siragusa is partner at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, based in the Rome office. Siragusa’s practice focuses on corporate and commercial matters, particularly European community and Italian competition law. Siragusa has extensive experience representing clients before the European Court of Justice, the Court of First Instance of the European Communities, the Directorate General for Competition of the EC Commission, and the Italian Antitrust Authority. He is a distinguished as a leading Competition/Antitrust lawyer by Chambers and Partners Global – The World’s Leading Lawyers. He has widely published in U.S. and European publications. He received an LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School, a Diploma of High European Studies from the College of Europe in Belgium, and a J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from the Università degli Studi di Roma. Mario Siragusa is member of the Italian Bar in Rome and the Commission on Law and Practices relating to Competition of the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris.


Richard Whish

King’s College London
Richard Whish is Emeritus Professor at King’s College London, a legal academic and author. He is a qualified solicitor and was in legal practice in London from 1989 to 1998. He has published many books and articles on competition law, and contributed to many others.Whish has advised various Governments and competition authorities on competition law and policy, and has had an influence on the development of various competition laws and on soft law guidance. His nomination also focuses on his contribution to the development of many postgraduate courses on competition law and policy at King’s College London, where he is now Emeritus Professor, having been a Professor of Law there from 1991 to 2013.For many years he was also a Visiting Professor of Law at the College of Europe in Bruges. Professor Whish was a member of the Advisory Panel of the Director General of Fair Trading from 2001 to 2003, and a non-executive director of the Board of the Office of Fair Trading from 2003 to 2009. He was also a member of the Board of the Singapore Energy Markets Authority from 2005 to 2011.In 2014 Professor Whish was appointed Queen's Counsel Honoris Causa. The award is made to lawyers who have made a major contribution to the law of England & Wales outside practice in the courts.
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Mark Williams

University of Melbourne

Mark Williams is a Professor of Law at The University of Melbourne. He practiced law for 5 years before switching to an academic career in 1990. He worked at Hong Kong Polytechnic University until 2014.He has published in various leading law journals and contributed to books and studies on competition-related topics. His current research work includes contributions to new publications concerning competition and the SME sector in APEC, competition and IPRs in China, competition issues regarding China’s outward investment policy and the new Hong Kong Competition Ordinance. He has also undertaken consultancy work in the competition law field for the Japanese and Chinese governments as well as leading law firms. He is a regular speaker at various business groups’ and practitioner conferences as well as many organized by international governmental organizations such as ASEAN, APEC and the United Nations. He has been actively involved in the promotion of competition policy and law in Hong Kong, China and the wider Asian region. He is the founder of the Asian Competition Forum, a non-profit organization with a membership of over 300, which discuss competition-related issues and promote research into competition law and policy issues. He read law at the University of Bristol, an LLM with Merit and a PhD from King’s College, London.


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