'The Global Food Chain: Prospects for Development of Competition Law and Policy' (an International Conference)
On 18-20 May, the Institute for Law and Development in conjunction with University College London, in the framework of the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum, held an international conference on 'The Global Food Chain: Prospects for Development of Competition Law and Policy'
The May 18 discussion, held by the HSE, was organized in the format of an academic workshop on the "global food chain: prospects of development of competition law and policy." On May 20 the Forum convened for the whole day, indeed with experts advancing the discussion in the session "Protection and development of competition in the food sector of the BRICS countries".
The session was devoted to discussion of the terms and dynamics of competition in the food sector, as well as the challenges faced by BRICS countries in the context of the globalisation of the chains of production and supply in the food sector. The participants analysed the problems of accelerating economic concentration in global food markets, monopolisation and abuse of market power in the global chains of production and supply of food, as well as the impact of the processes on consumers and the market structure in the BRICS countries. Special emphasis was placed on new technological and legal forms of organisation of the production and distribution of food, the nature of the relationship between the supply chain members - particularly between producers of biotech seeds and fertilizers, and farmers, and among food manufacturers and retailers etc., where the aim of the workshop was to develop approaches to antitrust regulation of socially important and innovative markets across the BRICS countries.
The discussions continued the tradition of the spring and summer seasons of antitrust for BRICS in Saint-Petersburg, for indeed, last year in June, the Institute organised the International BRICS competition law and policy conference.