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August 2016, Nairobi: Course on Law for Economic Regulation and Competition and Annual Symposium

This 3-day course is targeted at legal practitioners and case handlers in competition authorities, economic regulators and government agencies, as well as those in private practice and company in-house lawyers.

The course will cover:
• Key legal concepts in regulation and competition, and the challenges facing legal practitioners and analysts in applying these to particular sectors and markets.
• Legal and practical guidance on initiating an investigation and obtaining evidence, issues in holding hearings, and matters related to confidentiality and privilege.
• Reaching decisions and the grounds on which such decisions may be appealed.
• Procedural and practical issues with negotiating settlements and resolving disputes, litigation strategies and tactics.
• Pertinent issues of concurrent jurisdiction between competition and regulatory authorities.

The course will combine lectures and case study seminars to go into the practical application of legal principles to real-world situations, and drawing on case examples from East Africa. The lectures will cover key theoretical underpinnings in an accessible way with illustrations as to how the theories are applied in practice. Reference will be made to precedent-setting cases in different jurisdictions so that participants will have a good grasp of the important decisions, as well as why they may differ across regions. The in-depth case study exercises will involve work in breakaway groups. Participants will apply lessons learnt during the sessions and the hypothetical cases will be debated from the perspective of different stakeholders in the feedback sessions.

For each major topic, the sessions will include:

• Presentation on the key legal principles, with reference to selected cases;
• Application in a hypothetical case scenario, based on actual cases;
• Wrap-up of the main points.

University of Nairobi