Submissions are now invited to the 2021 ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area (AANZFTA) Competition Law Essay Contest.
The Call for Papers through this Contest will support the Virtual ASEAN Competition Research Centre and regional discourse about the effective implementation of competition law in ASEAN. The Contest is organised by the ASEAN Experts Group on Competition (AEGC) and the ACCC, as part of the multi-phase Competition Law Implementation Program (CLIP) under the AANZFTA Economic Cooperation Support Programme (AECSP). In its fourth phase, CLIP focuses on supporting ASEAN competition agencies in building knowledge and practical expertise of competition policy and law through sharing resources, skills and experiences.
Policy makers, regulators, academicians and businesses have been formulating strategies to mitigate the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Competition policy and law have important roles to play in these plans by supporting economies in their recovery. In 2020, the AEGC issued a joint statement committing competition authorities to enforce national competition laws and to monitor markets in times of the pandemic.
The 9th ASEAN Competition Conference, with the theme of ‘Safeguarding Competition – a post pandemic response of ASEAN Competition Authorities’, will be held from 1-2 December 2021. The conference offers a platform for regional discussion on how competition policy and laws can contribute towards post-pandemic economic recovery, including by ensuring that essential products are available to consumers at a fair price. Competition policy and laws can also protect Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) from unfair business practices.
The AANZFTA Competition Law Essay Contest welcomes submissions addressing one or more of the following five (5) sub-themes:
In addition to a certificate of commendation, selected winning essays will be considered for publication.
In addition to a certificate of commendation, the winning entrant from each sub-theme will be invited to present their essays at the ASEAN Competition Conference in December 2021. Selected winning essays will also be considered for publication.
Winners will be announced in October 2021.
The Contest invites submissions from two categories of entrants:
Entrants can submit as a team consisting of up to two (2) members (all members must meet eligibility requirements).
All entrants must be over 18 years of age.
All entries must be written in English.
Please submit your paper through the 2021 AANZFTA Competition Law Essay Contest – Call for Papers website: https://gems.eventsair.com/aanzfta-competition-law-essay-contest.
Further inquiries, contact the ACCC CLIP Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
 AANZFTA member countries are: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand or Vietnam.