Criminalization of cartels

On 15th February 2018, the Competition Law Research Center (Pázmány Péter Catholic University) invited to the lecture of Prof. Dr. Peter Whelan (University of Leeds) entitled „Cartel criminalization” the faculty and PhD students of Pázmány Péter Catholic University, the members of the Hungarian Competition Law Association and the representatives of the Hungarian Competition Authority and the Constitutional Court. Prof. Dr. Peter Whelan examined recent trends in the criminalization of cartels. He noted that recent amendments to the cartel offense in the UK will make criminal enforcement less likely to be effective in that jurisdiction. The importance of the moral stigma was emphasized as a key factor to effective and efficient criminalization. Given the wide range of cartels, the immoral nature of such anti-competitive agreements is not always obvious.

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