CGLI Talk: Why do public authorities buying from cartels not sue to recoup their antitrust damages?

11 May 2023, 2.00 PM - 11 May 2023, 3.30 PM

2.13 Wills Memorial Building, hybrid

On 11 May 2023 the Centre for Global Law and Innovation welcomes Professor Francisco Marcos to discuss his on-going research in a Spanish context, and to compare it with emerging trends in other jurisdictions.


Recent legal reforms have facilitated a generalised rise of damages claims by victims of competition law infringements seeking to recoup the overprices paid for cartelised products and services. However, a close look at the emerging litigation shows that almost all claimants are private economic operators. The public sector, which is one of the main targets of anticompetitive practices through bid rigging conspiracies, has not yet caught up and seems to be systematically foregoing the possibility of claiming for anticompetitive damages. At least this is the picture emerging from an analysis of Spanish competition damages litigation. 

The discussion will be of particular interest to competition, tort, and public lawyers, as well as to those with broader interests in public governance.

This is a hybrid event. If you are unable to attend in-person, please join the event via Zoom.

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