There are tensions between sustainability goals, including the protection of the environment, and the goals of mainstream competition policy focusing on efficiency, price competition and consumer welfare. At some point, growth and increase of output stimulated by cheap products can endanger sustainable development. Reconciling sustainability and competition goals, as required by various provisions in the European Union’s constitutional treaties, and also by the social teaching of the Catholic Church, poses challenges we would like to explore from various perspectives.
Our lecturers will guide students to explore the moral side of business activities, to what extent companies and consumer choices may harm, or to the contrary, help protect the environment and human dignity. Law professors from various countries will discuss whether co-operations between competitors, or mergers promoting sustainability should be allowed under competition rules. Students will also understand how the EU authorises state aid to increase the protection of our environment even if it may distort competition. Finally, participants will discuss topical issues related to the prohibition of unsubstantiated green marketing claims.
Sustainable competition, helping both businesses and consumers to thrive at the same time protecting the Earth which was given to us, raises important issues of a truly global magnitude. To make the best of this three-week study program, we will invite students and lecturers representing various continents and different cultures. The moral content of the study program will be anchored to the moral and social teaching of the Catholic Church, we believe that persons affiliated with other religions, or anyone with good intentions but without firm religious beliefs will benefit from these courses.
This is a truly multidisciplinary program, hence we do not lay down any specific restrictions as to who exactly can apply. Since most of the lecturers and students come from law schools, the Pazmany summer School is ideal for undergraduate and postgraduate law students who have a basic knowledge of legal institutions, concepts and some basic knowledge of economics. We can also accommodate a few students with business or management school background.
There will be three courses during the program concluding with examination and covering about one week each:
Lectures will be held in the morning hours, i.e. from 9 am till 1 pm. Fridays, except for the first one, will be devoted to preparations and exams. We will organise about four lunch time lectures where students can meet experts representing law enforcers, business and academia discussing a dedicated topic.
The afternoons and evenings are dedicated to study, preparation for classes, consultations and, of course, social and sporting activities.
We hope that Covid pandemia related restrictions will not hinder the organization of the summer school program at the premises of the university. Yet, we recommend that you buy your airplane tickets and reserve accommodation as close to the beginning of the program as possible. The organizers of the program reserve the right to move the even to an online platform if restrictions would not allow the organisation of on-site classes.
The program will include free social events (i.e. visiting the Parliament, the Hungarian Competition Authority and the Ombudsman Office). We will also organize some sporting activities (soccer, basketball, badminton).
Students successfully completing the program will be awarded a diploma issued by the Law Faculty of the Pazmany Peter Catholic University. It is up to the decision of the students’ host institution whether they acknowledge this diploma with credits.
Lunch time lecturers (TBC)
1st week: June 27- July 1, 2022
Introduction to Corporate Sustainability (ESG) – Prof. Ibanez
Sustainable development – general – Prof. Bándi
Voluntary instruments of companies – Prof. Bándi
Within the legal framework:
ESG, Laudato si and social teaching of the Catholic Church – Prof. Ibanez
EU competition law and non-economic interests – Prof. Devroe
2nd week: July 4 - July 7, 2022
Green business cooperations under Article 101 TFEU: exploring possibilities for enhancing environmental considerations. – Prof. Gonzalez-Orus
Article 102 and merger control – Dr. Szilágyi
3rd week: July 11 - July 14, 2022
Unfair commercial practices and sustainability – Ms. Köcse
Sustainability and state aid control in the EU – Prof. Tóth