The overall DiCL project
Mission and Objectives

The European University of Rome (EUR) hosts a series of Seminars (both residential and  non-residential) on Competition law enforcement in digital markets (DiCL project – Digital Markets and Competition Law) devoted and reserved to EU national judges.

The DiCL project is directed by Valeria Falce (Jean Monnet Chair in the EU Innovation Policy and Professor of Economic Law) and co-financed by the European Commission (Directorate General for Competition). It is a two-year project divided into three distinct course editions (Summer 2020 / Winter 2020 / Summer 2021)

The overall purpose of the project is to foster a common legal and judicial culture, in order to apply in a coherent and consistent fashion the EU competition rules in the rapidly evolving digital scenario. This objective will be pursued by sharing national judicial experience and contributing to provide them with the necessary interdisciplinary tools to apply competition law in the digital age in an effective manner within the European Union.

The Project is addressed to:

    • National Judges dealing with competition law cases at national level
    • National judges interested in competitive issues in digital markets
    • Prosecutores, Apprentice National Judges, and the staff of the Judges’ Offices

Accepted applicants commit to participate in person to the residential activities (two seminars and one final conference)

Participation in DiCL project is free of charge. Moreover, travel and accommodation costs in Rome for the selected participants will be covered by the project..

Structure and Main topics

The overall project is composed of three separate editions, each one providing:

    • Two residential seminars (one and a half day each), to be held in Rome: the first seminar, at the beginning of the course, focuses on the theory(ies) of competition law and policy in the digital environment; and the second one, at the end of the course edition, is practice-oriented and based on the most recent cases at EU level.
    • Secured and dedicated e-lectures on “Competition Law and Economics toolbox for Digital Markets”;
    • Tutoring Service providing with reading list about relevant Case-law, academic literature and other documents, including a glossary, and coordinating an online forum in order to promote e-debates between the National Judges;
    • Final Networking Conference (common to all three course editions), to be held in Rome in October 2021, aimed at sharing experiences in an interactive environment.

The main issues and topics covered by training course are:

    1. market definition in digital markets, with a specific focus on zero price markets, “freemium prices”, as well as on two or multi-sided markets;
    2. assessment of market power and dominance in digital markets, with specific attention to the role of network effects and leap-frogging effects, dynamic efficiencies, and the role of “private” vs “public” market information;
    3. recent case law and decisional practice concerning digital markets and potential theories of harm – including new forms of collusion, (e.g., use of algorithms) and refusal to provide access to essential inputs (e.g., Big Data).
Residential Team

Valeria FalceCoordinator: is Jean Monnet Professor of EU Innovation Policy and Full Professor of Economic Law at European University of Rome. Her research interests include intellectual property, competition policy, market regulation, digital innovation and economic analysis of law.

Emanuela Delbufalo: is Associate Professor of Operations & Supply Chain Management at the European University of Rome.

Andrea Colaruotolo: is Research Assistant and PhD student at the European University of Rome.

External Lecturers

Interdisciplinary seminars’ lectures and on-line video lectures will be taught by qualified academics and practitioners with experience in competition law enforcement in digital markets.

The first training course (Summer 2020 edition)

Call for application
The European University of Rome welcomes applications from judges of EU Member States to participate in the DiCL Project – Summer 2020 edition.

    • Deadline for application: 10 April 2020
    • Communication of acceptance by: 17 April 2020
    • First residential seminar: 4-5 June 2020
    • Second Residential seminar: 14-15 September 2020
    • Final Networking Conference (for all three editions): October 2021
Requirements to apply

Only national Judges from European Union’s jurisdictions are eligible to apply. In particular:

    1. Judges dealing with competition law cases at national level, i.e., specialised competition law tribunals and court of appeals; Administrative courts (first and last instance) having jurisdiction to review the NCAs’ decisions; Civil and commercial courts (first and last instance) that have jurisdiction in private enforcement cases of EU competition law; or
    2. Judges not belonging to the above categories, yet interested and motivated to explore issues of competition law in digital markets

Public prosecutors and office staff of judges dealing or interested in national competition law cases may also apply.

Application process and information:

Applicants can submit their application by email to providing with the following information:

    1. Email subject “Application for DiCL – Edition Summer 2020”
    2. Name
    3. Surname
    4. Jurisdiction
    5. Role in the National Court (e.g., Judge, Prosecutor, Apprendice National Judge, Judicial Court Staff)
    6. Any other information to qualify the applicant’s interest for competition law and digital markets
    7. Contact details (including direct phone numbers)

For any further information or clarification please or Prof Valeria Falce