For this seminar I would like you to look at the newspaper debates surrounding ‘Uber’ and a recent paper from the Law Commission of England & Wales that looks at opening the taxi market in the UK. Both are instances of a regulated market (why is it regulated) being challenged by a new entrant.
On ‘Uber’ and related matters, please have a look at news coverage (some recent articles in the Financial Times at the end of August/start of September, to which you have free on line access!); it would be useful if you could all try and find coverage from local media in your country so we can perhaps identify differences in the way the issue is perceived.
Eskenazi ‘The French Taxi Case: Where Competition Meets—and Overrides—Regulation’ (2014) Journal of European Competition Law and Practice (online)
Law Commission, Taxi and Private Hire Services. Look for example at chapters 1 and 11 of the final report. Documents are her: http://lawcommission.justice.gov.uk/publications/2717.htm
Issues for Discussion
Why is the taxi market regulated?
How does regulation affect competition?
In identifying regulatory objectives, how high should competition rank?
What are the problems of having a competitive market that is regulated? Having identified the problems, how do you think they are best addressed?
How does/should the presence of regulation in a market affect the application of competition law? (Note, most markets are regulated in one way or another.)
A more legalistic question: if laws harm human rights, there are means of challenging them; are there means of challenging laws that have anticompetitive effects? If not, why not?