The concept of deregulation originally appeared deceptively simple: the lifting or abolishing of government regulations in order to allow markets to work more freely, as posited by classical capitalist economic theory. Proponents believed that government regulations distorted the efficiet working of market. But in contrast to this “deceptively simple” presentation, deregulation turned out to be extremely complex. Indeed deregulation was unable to take place without the creation of new regulations to replace the old. By the mid-1990s, deregulation had become re-regulation.
Technological and commercial convergence compounded this complexity, and the pursuit of the “level playing field” evolved into overarching pro-competitive policies and “economic regulation”. How best to achieve these objectives?
Session One: Regulating Convergence – the Experience
- Jock Given, Director of the Communications Law Centre, Melbourne
- June Cheah, Associate Solicitor, Haldanes Solicitors and Notaries
- Michael Latzer, Deputy Director, Research Unit for Institutional Change and European Integration, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna
Session Two: Regulating the Regulator in Hong Kong
- Eddy YT Chan, Commissioner for Television and Entertainment Licencing, and Principal Executive of the Broadcasting Authority
- M.H.Au, Senior Assistant Director (Regulatory), OFTA
- Ada Leung, Assistant Director, Intellectual Property Department