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Competition Law Forum


The Competition Law Forum is a centre of excellence for European competition and antitrust policy and law at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. It provides a forum in which the practical application of competition policy is considered by lawyers, economists, senior business managers, public servants, public affairs professionals, consumer bodies and other specialist practitioners. The Forum identifies areas requiring debate and analysis, and provides the required forum and experts, thereby contributing to policy initiatives. In doing so it also produces leading-edge applied research, analysis and recommendations on the content, methodologies and application of competition policy at all levels of governance - national, European and global.

In addition, with the impact of a Brexit, the Competition Law Forum will provide a forum for academics and practitioners to debate competition law issues related to Brexit.

There are regular private meetings for Forum members


Forum Director

The Forum Director is Dr Liza Lovdahl-Gormsen, a leading academic and practitioner in the field.

The Advisory Board

The CLF's Advisory Board meets regularly to oversee the activities of the Forum and to offer guidance to the Forum Director on programme development and research. It also has the key responsibility of ensuring that the quality standards of the Forum activities are appropriate to a centre of excellence and commensurate with the Institute's other activities.

The Advisory Board currently comprises:

Bernardine Adkins, Gowling WLG
Tim Cowen, Preiskel & Co
Mark Friend, Allen & Overy
Liza Lovdahl-Gormsen, British Institute of International and Comparative Law
Michael Hutchings, OBE
Mark Jones, Hogan Lovells
Peter-Carlo Lehrell, Fipra International
Adrian Majumdar, RBB Economics
Simon Pritchard, Linklaters
Stephen Wisking, Herbert Smith Freehills


The Competition Law Forum consists of individuals and organisations with a strategic interest in contributing to the pursuit of excellence in the study, development and application of competition policies.

Forum members are all leaders in their field and include judges, academics, economists, in house counsel, public affairs advisers and lawyers in private practice. Regulators and senior civil servants are, from time to time, invited to participate in Forum meetings.

Benefits of Membership

Members have a direct influence on the agenda of the Forum and are invited to recommend topics for debate in the group. The Competition Law Forum shares the excellent reputation enjoyed by the British Institute of International & Comparative Law for independence, evenhandedness and academic rigour.

More specifically, members have:

  • the opportunity to participate in an independently run Forum that aims to influence competition law policy, and which provides an arena for ongoing and constructive debate with regulators and other decision-makers;
  • the opportunity to suggest research or other work to be carried out;
  • access to research carried out by the Forum Director and other staff;
  • an invitation to each quarterly Forum meeting and reduced rates to all BIICL organised conferences and workshops relating to competition policy; and
  • the opportunity to recommend guest speakers to be invited to meetings of the Forum.

All Forum members also receive the following benefits: electronic access to the ICLQ; 40% discount on publications; one free place per organisation at any standard BIICL evening event; and BIICL member rate for other public Institute events..

Conditions of Membership

  • CLF's aim is to be open to specialists, with all applications being considered by the Advisory Board.
  • To guarantee continuity and expertise, membership is for named members only. Members can, if they wish, nominate a colleague of similar standing to represent them on those occasions when they are unable to attend meetings. This alternate representative must be named on the application form. Notice must be given that the representative will attend in place of a member.
  • Please note that while the CLF's aim is to be open to all competition law and policy specialists, the Board reserves the right to refuse entry for whatever reason to any applicant for membership.

Membership rates

Corporate membership of the CLF is available at an annual rate of £3,500 (exclusive of VAT).

For companies without any direct or indirect competition law representation in the UK - Euros 2000 (exclusive of VAT)

All membership queries should be directed to Liza Lovdahl-Gormsen, CLF Director, in the first instance.