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WCL Hosts Expert Panel - International Punishments for AntiTrust Violators


UK Fair Trade Competition Enforcement Director;
DOJ National Crime Enforcement Section Chief to Discuss
International Punishments for Antitrust Violators, Oct. 26

Contact: Kathy Thompson, WCL Public Relations, 202-274-4279; Cell Phone: 703-855-5556

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 23, 2006) – Vincent Smith, director of the Competition Enforcement Division of the UK Office of Fair Trading; and Lisa Phelan, chief of the National Crime Enforcement Section of the Department of Justice Antitrust Division, will discuss the growing number of countries penalizing antitrust violations with criminal sanctions. The panel is part of the International and Comparative Antitrust Lecture Series offered by the International Legal Studies Program at American University’s Washington College of Law. The event will be held on Thursday, Oct. 26 from 5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. in Room 603 of the Washington College of Law, 4801 Massachusetts Ave, NW.

Don Baker of Baker and Miller will moderate the panel titled, “Increasing Criminalization Around the World: Trying Harder to Deter and Punish Antitrust Conspirators.” Panelists will also discuss the implications of criminal sanctions for individuals and corporations, and increasing incentives for accused violators to cooperate or seek amnesty.

As one of the top international Law LL.M. programs in the United States, the International Legal Studies Program at the Washington College of Law offers a comprehensive education in transactional law, human rights, trade, environmental law and intellectual property. The program incorporates an array of international law courses and seminars, experiential learning opportunities and special events offering the invaluable opportunity to interact with international attorneys, diplomats, business leaders and policy makers.

The event is free and open to press. To arrange to attend, or for other media assistance, contact Kathy Thompson, director of public relations, 202-274-4279; cell phone: 703-8555-5556; or email:



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