Jean Monnet Chair in Competition and Regulation

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LSE Law School hosted the Jean Monnet Chair in Competition and Regulation, awarded in September 2020 for the 2020-2023 period.

Chairholder: Professor Pablo Ibáñez Colomo, LSE Law School. Email:

Aims and Mission

The Jean Monnet Chair in Competition and Regulation has three primary aims:

  • Expand the teaching offer for postgraduate students in the areas of Competition Law and Regulation, where EU law has emerged as a global standard.
  • Reach out to the wider public, in particular professionals working in the fields of Competition Law and Regulation, by means of executive programmes.
  • Engage with the emerging generation of competition law scholars and contribute to raising the rigour and standards of research in the field.

The award of the Jean Monnet Chair in Competition and Regulation resulted in the creation of new postgraduate modules offered primarily to students taking part in the LLM and the MSc in Regulation. In addition, two innovative short executive courses, tailored to the needs and schedules of full-time professionals, were created.

The research activities revolved around an annual workshop, held in the Spring, where junior and senior researchers gathered to discuss research methods and their potential contribution to Competition Law and Regulation as well as to critique individual papers authored by the participants.


Chairholder biography

Pablo Ibáñez Colomo is Professor of Law and Jean Monnet Chair in Competition and Regulation at London School of Economics and Political Science. He is also a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe (Bruges), Joint General Editor of the Journal of European Competition Law & Practice (Oxford University Press) and co-editor of the Chillin’ Competition Blog. He received a PhD from the European University Institute in June 2010 (Jacques Lassier Prize). Before joining the EUI as a Researcher in 2007, he taught for three years at the Law Department of the College of Europe (Bruges), where he also completed an LLM in 2004. He has been a Visiting Professor at several institutions around the world, including Aix-Marseille University, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, Kobe University and Torcuato di Tella University.

Postgraduate offer

LL4AG Competition Law, Technology and Intellectual Property

This module addresses some of the most topical and intellectually challenging aspects of contemporary Competition Law. The emphasis will be put on US antitrust and EU Competition Law, but developments from other jurisdictions are discussed where relevant. The module examines, inter alia, the application of competition law in high-technology industries as well as its intersection with intellectual property (standard-setting agreements and issues arising in relation to the enforcement of patents in the pharmaceutical sector).

LL4CS Law and Economics of Network Industries

The module provides an overview of the regulation of network industries. It encompasses not only sector-specific regimes but also the ways in which competition law contributes to shaping the said industries. It is divided into three parts: one that discusses generalities about the law and economics of network industries; a second that focuses on the sector-specific regimes applying to three sectors (telecommunications, energy and transport); a third that covers the application of competition law and examines how these fields of law are transformed and adapted when it engages with them.

Executive teaching

Short Courses

The Short Courses on Advanced EU Competition Law and on State Aid and Subsidies Regulation are two online 16-hour executive education programmes that are designed with the availability and needs of full-time professionals in mind. They delivered over four intensive 4-hour sessions, taking place on Friday afternoon.

Short Course on Advanced EU Competition Law

The Short Course on Advanced EU Competition Law is designed for civil servants, legal practitioners and in-house lawyers who already practice in the area of competition law and would benefit from an advanced understanding of the fundamentals and the most recent developments in the discipline. The Short Course covers agreements (including distribution agreements and intellectual property), abusive practices (with a special focus on digital markets) and merger control (with an overview of the ongoing review of the discipline).

Short Course on State Aid and Subsidies Regulation

The Short Course on State Aid and Subsidies Regulation covers the aspects of EU State aid law, the emerging UK subsidy control as well as the interaction between both in the context of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement. It is aimed at civil servants, practitioners and in-house lawyers who want to gain an understanding of this growing area of the law, which demands specific expertise. The Short Course covers both the substantive and procedural aspects of the discipline, including the notions of selectivity and specificity (with a focus on the area of taxation) and enforcement by authorities and courts.

Research workshops

Every Spring, the LSE Law School hosts a workshop bringing together junior and senior competition law scholars to discuss research methodologies and papers produced by the participants.

The first edition of the workshop took place on 28-29 May 2021 (via Zoom) and brought together participants from eight different universities.

The second edition took place on 19th May 2022 at LSE Law School. The morning session focused on the use of empirical methods in competition law, and the afternoon session turned to the structured discussion of three papers.

The third and final edition, again at LSE Law School, was organised on 25th May 2023. The general discussion revolved around two topics: (i) the role of scholars in a changing discipline and (ii) gender and diversity in academia. Again, three papers were discussed in the afternoon.