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Scholar-In-Residence Program

Scholar-In-Residence Program

2017 Scholars-In-Residence

Ignacio Herrera Anchustegui is a final year Ph.D. candidate at the Faculty of Law of the University of Bergen and member of the Bergen Center for Competition Law & Economics (BECCLE). His Ph.D. research project, entitled "The EU/EEA Competition Law Regulation of Buyer Power" is supervised by Ass. Prof. Ronny Gjendemsjø and Prof. Erling Hjelmeng. Ignacio is also the lecturer of the EU/EEA Public Procurement Course at the University of Bergen. His research interests cover buyer power regulation, public procurement, sectoral competition regulation applicable to electricity, oil and natural gas, competition philosophy and comparative antitrust.

He holds a law degree summa cum laude (2008) from the Catholic University Andrés Bello, Venezuela, and an LL.M. in European and International Business Law with honors (2012) from the University of Vienna, Austria. He worked in his native Venezuela for several years as an attorney, as well as Academic Assistant pro bono at the Catholic University Andrés Bello. Later he interned at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Vienna in 2012. During the course of his Ph.D. studies he has published in the fields of EU competition law and public procurement law as well as having carried out research visits in several institutions in Europe and the US.

Ignacio has been awarded a four-year post-doctoral research grant by Statoil ASA as part of the Akademia-Avtalen research collaboration scheme with the University of Bergen to carry out research concerning the economic regulation of energy markets within EU/EEA Competition and Public Procurement Law. In connection with this research project, and thanks to the Scholar-in-Residence Program scholarship, during his visit to Washington D.C, he will carry out a study concerning the Antitrust Regulation of Electricity and Natural Gas Markets from an EU-US comparative perspective. He will deal with the regulatory means employed in the US and the EU concerning the ownership unbundling process, the prevention of third-party non-discriminatory access to the distribution networks of electricity and natural gas, and the transition from a direct government regulation to a market-based system. Furthermore, he will investigate the scope and applicability of the essential facilities doctrine, with a particular emphasis in the energy sector. His objective is to determine whether there is or should be a different approach to third-party access concerning energy distribution in comparison to general antitrust law.

Jorge Marcos Ramos is a PhD candidate (2014-2018) in Competition Law at the Liege Competition and Innovation Institute (LCII) from the University of Liege (ULg) in Belgium. His PhD research project is entitled "An Inquiry Into the Origins of Firm Dominance in Competition Law" and is supervised by Professor Nicolas Petit. During his research stay at Georgetown University, Jorge envisions to write a comparative study discussing the different treatment that §2 SA and Article 102 TFEU give to unilateral anticompetitive acquisitions of dominance. Jorge is also a visiting lecturer at EDHEC Business School in France where he teaches the course "Advanced EU Competition Law and Strategies".

Jorge obtained a Law degree with a specialisation in EU Law from San Pablo CEU University (Madrid) and holds an LLM in EU Competition and Intellectual Property Law from the ULg. Before starting his PhD, he worked as a trainee lawyer in the Competition and Trade practice of Garrigues, in Brussels, and completed a traineeship in the Directorate General of Competition of the EU Commission in the Merger Unit F4: "Transport, Post and other services."

Scholars-in-Residence 2017


American Bar Association
Section of Antitrust Law
2017 International Scholar in Residence Program Announcement

The Section of Antitrust Law International Scholar in Residence Program (“SAL SIR”) will provide funding of $10,000.00 USD each for up to two scholars to visit the United States to pursue competition policy-related research in the Spring of 2017. With prior ABA approval, the scholars may request additional reimbursable expenses of up to $2,500 to travel to other locations in the United States to conduct research. Junior faculty members (those who have been engaged in full-time teaching for five years or less) as well as current or recent Ph.D. candidates who have a demonstrated interest in the study of competition policy are invited to apply.

Applicants chosen as International Scholars in Residence (“SAL Scholars”) will be expected to visit the United States for a period of 8 to 12 weeks, commencing on or after March 1, 2017, and coinciding with the 65th Annual Spring Meeting of the Antitrust Section scheduled for March 29-31, 2017. During their time in the U.S., SAL Scholars will conduct research, meet and interact with members of the U.S. antitrust community, and attend the annual Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C. Although arrangements can be tailored to the particular needs of each scholar’s research proposal, SAL Scholars are expected to reside in Washington, D.C. for some of their time in the U.S., so they can have access to federal agency personnel as well as a range of academics, lawyers, and consulting firms. SAL Scholars can also propose short visits to state enforcement agencies or U.S. academic institutions outside of Washington, D.C., provided the visit will advance their research. Additional funding has been made available to support these visits.

Application Process and Contents

Each Applicant must submit an application to the “SAL SIR Selection Committee” that includes the following:

• A cover letter/statement of interest describing the Applicant’s current position, research interests related to competition policy, and qualifications to serve as a SAL Scholar.

• A current curriculum vitae.

• A specific and significant research proposal (typically 3-5 single-spaced pages) that includes a description of steps already taken in furtherance of the research and an explanation of how the proposal would be significantly advanced through work in residence in the U.S. Proposals can include work in progress as well as new research projects. Applicants must also disclose any other sponsors of the research.

• Two letters of recommendation from current faculty members familiar with the candidate and her/his work, evaluating the Applicant’s ability to undertake the proposed research, including the Applicant’s proficiency in English. In the case of a current faculty member or Ph.D. candidate, one of the letters should come from the Dean, Director, or Head of School of the applicant’s home institution or program, indicating: (1) the Applicant’s good standing in the institution; (2) the institution’s willingness to grant the Applicant the necessary leave time; and (3) an intention to support the Applicant’s research as a SAL Scholar, including whether any home institution funds will be provided in support of the visit. In the case of current or recent Ph.D. candidates, one letter should come from the faculty adviser who is supervising or who supervised the Applicant’s doctoral research.

• If applicable, a statement of interest in visiting any academic institutions or enforcement agencies outside of Washington, D.C., such as the offices of a State Attorney General, along with a justification for the specific goals sought to be achieved by the “side visit” and a supportive letter of invitation from a representative of the institution to be visited.

• A description of the particular work product that the Applicant intends to produce as a result of her/his visit, such as an article, book, book chapter, or report for use by a government or non-government agency focused on competition policy issues. Successful applicants also will agree that any work product prepared in whole or part with the support of the SAL SIR program will so indicate with the specific language approved by the Section of Antitrust Law.

• Any other material the Applicant would like the Selection Committee to consider.

In judging the proposals received, the SAL SIR Selection Committee will be guided by the following factors: the strength and specificity of the research proposal, the likelihood that the Applicant’s overall research goals could better be realized through participation in the program, evidence of past scholarly productivity, the letters of recommendation, the mix of research topics selected for support under the program as a whole, and diversity in terms of home institutions, national origin, race, religion, and gender.

Although SAL Scholars will be responsible for making all of their own travel and accommodation arrangements, the Section of Antitrust Law will assist in providing guidance on making arrangements to secure work space to aid in research at a Washington, D.C.-area academic institution. Successful applicants will be strongly encouraged to apply to the Visiting Researcher Program at Georgetown University Law Center, which provides research space and support to international scholars. For more information, see The Section of Antitrust Law will also help to facilitate meetings and interviews with a range of enforcers, academics, and private consultants who can advise SAL Scholars on their specific research topics.

Eligibility Criteria and Personal Responsibilities

As indicated above, to be eligible for consideration, applicants should be current Ph.D. candidates or recent recipients of a Ph.D. or a junior faculty member (engaged in full-time teaching for five years or less), who have a demonstrated interest in the study of competition policy and proficiency in English. Applicants need not be current members of the American Bar Association or the Section of Antitrust Law. SAL Scholars shall be responsible for determining their liability, if any, for taxes in their home jurisdiction as well as in the United States.

Deadline for Applications -- APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED FOR 2017

Julianna Theberge
Program Specialist
Section of Antitrust Law
American Bar Association
321 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654-7598



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