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The governance of overlapping jurisdictions: how international cooperation enhances the autonomy of competition authorities


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  • Blauberger, Michael
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    As a result of international legalization, the potential for conflicts of overlapping jurisdictions has multiplied vertically between national and international law, as well as horizontally between national and foreign law. In competition control, the latter type of horizontal overlap between US and EU jurisdictions is significant, but very few conflicts actually occur. Rather than solving the underlying issue of extraterritorial jurisdiction, US and EU competition authorities have established a practice of cooperation which aims at preventing conflicts in the first place. Moreover, apart from conflict prevention, transatlantic cooperation significantly enhances the autonomy of competition authorities vis-à-vis politics, judges, and firms. -- Durch den Prozess der internationalen Verrechtlichung kann es an vielen Stellen zu Konflikten zwischen überlappenden Rechtsordnungen kommen vertikal zwischen nationalem und internationalem Recht sowie horizontal zwischen nationalem und ausländischem Recht. In der Wettbewerbskontrolle bestehen zwar große Überlappungen zwischen den Anwendungsbereichen amerikanischen und europäischen Rechts, doch kommt es nur relativ selten zu tatsächlichen Konflikten. Die Wettbewerbsbehörden in den USA sowie in der EU haben eine enge Kooperation entwickelt, die Rechtskonflikte vorab zu vermeiden versucht, anstatt klare Grenzen zwischen den jeweiligen Rechtsordnungen zu bestimmen. Neben der Konfliktvermeidung hilft die transatlantische Kooperation den Wettbewerbsbehörden zudem, unabhängiger zu werden vom Einfluss der Politik, der Rechtsprechung sowie der kontrollierten Firmen.

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    Paper provided by University of Bremen, Collaborative Research Center 597: Transformations of the State in its series TranState Working Papers with number 102.

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    Date of creation: 2009
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