Call for Papers: Indian Competition Law Review

[The following announcement
is posted on behalf of the Indian Competition Law Review]
The Indian Competition Law
Review
(“ICLR”) is the flagship annual journal of the Centre for Competition
Law & Policy (CCLP), published under the aegis of National Law University
Jodhpur, (India). ICLR strives to achieve scholarly excellence with the aid of
an eminent advisory board and an institution known for its academic excellence.
ICLR is published in the month of February each year. The theme for this year’s
Issue is “A Digitalized Economy: Challenges for Competition Law and
Policy
”. Each Issue contains:
i.          Articles, which analyze topics
pertaining to the theme from major national jurisdictions as well as topics of
permanent interest and contemporary international issues on competition law and
policy (5,000-10,000 words including footnotes)
ii.         Short Notes, which analyze an issue
pertaining to the theme or cover topical recent developments in competition law
(2,000- 5,000 words including footnotes)
iii.        Case Comments on recent or landmark cases, suggesting a
change in policy or interpretation, related to competition law (1,500- 2,000
words including footnotes)
ICLR is pleased to announce its
upcoming issue, Volume III, which is to be published in February, 2018. The
deadline for submission of manuscripts for the forthcoming issue is October 15,
2017.
Manuscripts may be submitted via
email to the Editor-in-Chief at [email protected]
latest by October 30th, 2017.
For further details regarding
ICLR, contributor guidelines, and editorial policy, please visit our website a
t www.iclr.in.
Concept Note
In the recent five to eight
years, we have seen the emergence of digital markets in India. With the rapid
growth of internet penetration, digital markets have evolved in various
business segments in India. Through their innovation, ideas and technology, companies
today powered by digital markets have completely changed the dynamics of
traditional markets. We have seen digital markets grow in segments such as
e-wallets, e-commerce, cab aggregators etc. These start-ups are substantially
funded by private equity/venture capital investors and resultantly have been
able to capture the market through such funding. The business practices of such
new age start-ups have been questioned time and again for violation of
competition law because of their predatory nature and exclusivity agreements.
Despite various complaints against such companies to the Competition Commission
of India (‘CCI’), so far there has been no proven violation of law and the
proceedings are being heard at various stages.
Over-regulation of the digital
market may result in stifling innovation and growth and reducing consumer
welfare for the economic efficiencies that they generate. Under-regulation may
result in such companies becoming significantly powerful, thereby making them
prone to abuse and foreclosing opportunities for their competitors and harming
consumers. In addition, slow enforcement of competition law may not be able to
counter or tackle the rapid growth of digital markets in India. This brings to
question, possibly a system of settlement of such cases thereby reducing the
burden of the already understaffed and overworked regulator.
The CCI is faced with a unique
challenge of balancing the possible economic efficiencies of these digital
markets with the anti-competitive threat they could pose.
Accordingly, the sub-themes for
the issue are:
1.         The relationship between digital economy
and competition law- What are the new challenges created by the digital
economy? What is the role of competition law in regulating digital economy?
2.         Challenges posed to existing antitrust
law, tools and approaches.
3.         Detailed analysis of industries and
sectors- Transportation, online advertising, search engines, e-commerce,
e-wallets etc.
4.         What are the possible remedies? Will the
remedies restrict the digital markets, considering their unique nature? Should
there be a possibility of settlement of disputes in issues of competition law
in India?
5.         How will dominance be quantified in
digital markets when the CCI traditionally uses market share as a proxy of
dominance?

About the author

Umakanth Varottil

Umakanth Varottil is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore. He specializes in corporate law and governance, mergers and acquisitions and cross-border investments. Prior to his foray into academia, Umakanth was a partner at a pre-eminent law firm in India.

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