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On May 16, the International Law Institute and the Heidelberg University Law Faculty co-sponsored the Heinrich Kronstein Symposium in Heidelberg, Germany, on Antitrust Law in Global Contexts.

The symposium brought together German and American law professors, attorneys and government officials, including from the German Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt).  Several  Kronstein Fellows from Germany and Switzerland also participated.  ILI Chairman Don Wallace joined Prof. Peter Mueller-Graff of Heidelberg University in presiding over the conference, which highlighted the influence of Prof. Heinrich Kronstein, the founder of ILI, on the development of antitrust law in German and Europe.

A number of panelists highlighted Prof. Kronstein’s groundbreaking research and influence in breaking up German cartels and promoting  fair competition.  Kronstein’s ideas formed the basis for linking important democratic values with the protection of competition in Germany after World War II.  

The symposium also focused on the increasing importance of the role of antitrust and competition law in developing countries today.  Some 130 countries around the world, it was pointed out, have now enacted competition laws (up from 20 in 1990), and many, such as China, have established government authorities that are beginning to take a more active role in implementing national competition laws.

In addition to the symposium, members worked to consider scholarships, joint training program and international exchanges to advance the rule of law in developing countries and emerging economies in commemoration of Heinrich Kronstein's lifelong initiatives.