The International Competition Network (ICN) was founded in 2001 and serves as a worldwide network for the cooperation of national and international competition authorities as well as non-governmental advisors (NGA) in the application of antitrust law. With 138 competition authorities from 125 countries, the ICN is the most important network of competition authorities worldwide.
ICN-Members and NGAs exchange views on various topics of antitrust law in ICN working groups. The results of these working groups and their implications for competition policy and enforcement are discussed once a year at the annual ICN conference.
The 17th annual ICN Conference took place from March 21 to 23, 2018 in New Delhi, India. This year’s conference host was the Competition Commission of India (Indian competition authority). The conference was attended by nearly 500 participants from over 70 jurisdictions. Among the participants were not only representatives of international organisations but also stakeholders such as the business community, legal and economic professionals as well as academics. Professor Dr. Dr. Doris Hildebrand attended the ICN Conference at the invitation of the German Bundeskartellamt.
As in the years before the Conference was complemented by a Pre-ICN Event which was hosted by the International Bar Association (IBA) in cooperation with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) on “Emerging Themes in Global Antitrust Policy & Enforcement”.
The following work products of the past year were approved at this year's ICN conference: Guiding principles on procedural fairness and a new annotated guidance document on investigative process, updated and expanded recommended practices on cooperation in merger control, timing of notifications and review periods and an interim report on key elements for efficient and effective leniency programmes. Furthermore, the ICN work covered vertical mergers, market studies and advocacy strategies. For additional information about the work products please visit the conference website at icn2018delhi.in/conference-materials.html.
For further information about the ICN, see www.internationalcompetitionnetwork.org.
The 2019 ICN Annual Conference will be hosted by the Colombian Superintendencia de Industria y Comercio (Colombian competition authority).