Uniform Liability Standards for the Private and the Public Sector – Lessons from the Hypo Alpe Adria Debacle

EMBL-HSG Alumni Meeting in Vienna 27 May 2016

23rd St. Gallen International Competition Law Forum

Founded in 1994, the St.Gallen International Competition Law Forum ICF has firmly established itself as one of the leading events on competition law.
High-ranking speakers inform about and debate on the current trends in European and International Competition Law. The Forum is the annual meeting point for more than 200 participants from the practicing bar, the business world, public authorities, academia, and the judiciary. The two-day event distinguishes itself from other competition conferences not only by its quality and its reputation, but also by the “je ne sais quoi” of its supporting program.


Homogeneity - Reciprocity – Proportionality. Three fundamental principles of EEA law

Lunch-time speech at the EFTA Surveillance Authority in Brussels, 12 May 2016.

Visit to the Andean Community and the Supreme Court of Perú

Upon invitation of Dr Luis Diez Canseco, former President of the Court of Justice of the Andean Community, visit of Perú in the week of 25 April 2016 with Doris, Laura Melusine and Philipp Speitler. Meetings with Dr Diez Canseco, Supreme Court Justice Dr Ricardo Guillermo Vinatea Medina, Mr Walker San Miguel Rodríguez, Secretary General of the Andean Community. Reception by the President of the Supreme Court of Perú, Dr Víctor Ticona Postigo. Speech at the annual international conference of Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú PUCP on the topic “A Two Pillar System for South America (Mercosur/Andean Community)? - Experiences from the EEA”. Further speakers were Laura Melusine (“Key Issues of Competition Law Enforcement. Burden and Standard of Proof – Standard of Review – Extraterritorial Application”) and Philipp Speitler (“Display Band and Plain Packaging Litigating and Arbitrating the Nudging of Smokers”). The conference was chaired by Raúl Solórzano Solórzano, Profesor de Derechos de Autor y de Derecho de la Competencia de la Facultad de Derecho de PUCP.

A Two Pillar System for South America (Mercosur/Andean Community)? Experiences from the European Economic Area.

Lecture at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP), 28 April 2016.

Hypo Alpe Adria: Hindsight is easier than foresight

Wiener Juristische Gesellschaft, 13. April 2016

Visit to Iceland

Visit to Iceland with Doris and my Head of Cabinet Philipp Speitler in the week of 14 March 2016. Meetings with Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs Bjarni Benediktsson and the Supreme Court in corpore. Causerie entitled “The EEA in Action - Some Thoughts After 22 Years” at the Icelandic Lawyers Association. Dinner hosted by Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson. Interview by Icelandic TV host Þóra Arnórsdóttir. Visits to the Reykjavík District Court and the District Court of Borgarnes. Swimming in the Ocean at 4,1° C. Mozart's Don Giovanni at Íslenska Óperan. Exchange of views with the President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson.

The EEA in Action - Some Thoughts After 22 Years

Causerie at the Icelandic Lawyers Association in Reykjavík, 14 March 2016.

Law and Value Judgment in Tax Cases

EU Tax Policy in the 21st Century, Conference at the University of Luxembourg, 14 January 2016.

Listed as No 7 of the 15 most influential intellectuals of Switzerland in 2015 by Basler Zeitung.

Basler Zeitung of 4 January 2016.