The publication of the book comes at a time when enormous and significant developments are taking place in the area of internationalisation of antitrust policy worldwide. Only a month ago, the first annual conference of the young International Competition Network (ICN) was held. The events leading to the birth of the Network in general and the organisation of that conference in particular, along with the conference proceedings and outcomes, have served as a timely reminder of the fact that the internationalisation of antitrust policy is a topic of great contemporary significance and debate. Outside the ICN, extremely important work in the area continues to evolve and take shape, notably within the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the World Trade Organization (WTO). Of these important fora, the WTO has been receiving particular attention. The success of the WTO’s 4th Ministerial Conference and the preparations already underway for the 5th Ministerial Conference, show not only the importance and need for addressing international antitrust issues effectively but also the important role which the WTO can play in this regard - something which should be encouraged and welcomed.
A decade ago it was extremely rare for antitrust conferences and events to include a mention of the internationalisation of antitrust policy. It is very interesting and remarkable how things have changed in a relatively short period of time. Nowadays it is quite rare for such conferences and events not to include such a mention. Indeed, this development is all the more remarkable in light of the phenomenal increase in the importance and geographical scope of antitrust law itself during the last twenty years or so.
In writing this book I aimed to produce a volume that would be of help and value for officials of antitrust authorities, international organisations dealing with antitrust and international trade issues, the business