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The Regulatory Policy Institute (RPI) is an independent, charitable organisation dedicated to the study of regulation and deregulation.
Occasional Conferences & Seminars
The Future of Independent Regulation
A one day conference in London, examing the performance of independant regulatory agencies and assessing the factors that appear to have significant effects on regulatory conduct, in order to draw out implications for the future evolution of independent regulation.

Departments, regulators and regulated businesses: how stable can the domain of delegated, independent regulators be?

  • Laura Cartensen (chair)
  • Tim Tutton (slides)
  • John Penrose MP
  • Sir Ian Byatt (speech)

Cross-country experiences: what works and what doesn’t?

  • Stephen Littlechild (chair)
  • Professor Antonio Estache (slides)
  • Professor Fransesc Trillas (slides)

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?: The institutional architecture of delegated regulation and its checks and Balances

  • Peter Freeman (chair)
  • Tom Sharpe QC
  • Dr Chris Decker (slides)
  • Regina Finn and Simon Less (speech)

Is it possible to serve more than one master?: regulatory issues when there are multiple supervisory mechanisms

  • George Yarrow (chair)
  • John Swift QC (paper)
  • Stephen Smith (slides)
  • Crispin Passmore (slides)

Centre for Competition and Regulatory Policy Summer Workshop

A one and a half day workshop organised jointly with City University's CCRP, the Regulatory Policy Institute and the IFP School Centre for Economics and Management.


This conference was held in March 2010 at One Great George Street, Westminster, London, in partnership with the ESRC Centre for Competition Policy, University of East Anglia. The event was sponsored by Hogan & Hartson, Lovells LLP and Oxera. Programme

Session 1

  • Prof Catherine Waddams, ESRC Centre for Competition Policy, UEA (chair>
  • Why competition? 250 years of learning and forgetting in political economy, Prof George Yarrow, RPI (slides)
  • Supervision of competitive and regulatory processes: the role of legal frameworks, Peter Freeman, Competition Commission (paper)

Session 2

  • Prof George Yarrow, RPI (chair)
  • Competition and consumer protection issues in retail energy markets, Prof Catherine Waddams, ESRC Centre for Competition Policy, UEA (slides)
  • The role of competition in telecoms and retail banking markets, Fod Barnes, Oxera, telecoms (slides) & Dr Helen Jenkins, Oxera, banking (slides)

Session 3

  • John Pheasant, Hogan & Hartson, Lovells LLP (chair)
  • US perspectives on the role of Antitrust policy: Competition policy in distressed industries, Prof Carl Shapiro, US. Dept. of Justice (paper)
  • The role of competition policy in the EU, Damien Neven, DG Competition, European Commission

Session 4

  • Prof Catherine Waddams, ESRC UK competition law - 10 years onCentre for Competition Policy, UEA (chair>
  • The next decade: ensuring that competitive markets continue to deliver good outcomes for UK consumers and the economy, John Fingleton, Office of Fair Trading
  • UK competition law - 10 years on, Prof Sir John Vickers, Univerity of Oxford (slides)