Current Working Groups


Competition advocacy – competition agencies’ activities that address existing and proposed disproportionate public restrictions on competition and build public support for competition and markets – is an important part of our work. Recognizing its importance, one of the ICN’s first initiatives was the establishment of the Advocacy Working Group (AWG).

Agency Effectiveness

Effectiveness of the competition agencies is the primary focus of the Agency Effectiveness Working Group, which was previously named as Competition Policy Implementation Working Group. It aims to focus on various aspects contributing to efficient and effective enforcement of competition rules such as institutional and operational characteristics of competition agencies and to enable exchange of experience among the ICN members.


The mandate of the Cartel Working Group is to address the challenges of anti-cartel enforcement, including the prevention, detection, investigation and punishment of cartel conduct, both domestically and internationally, across the entire range of ICN members with differing levels of experience and resources. At the heart of antitrust enforcement is the battle against hardcore cartels directed at price fixing, bid rigging, market allocation and output restriction.


The Merger Working Group was established in 2001, as one of ICN's first initiatives. The Working Group promotes the adoption of best practices in the design and operation of merger review regimes to enhance the effectiveness of each jurisdiction's merger review mechanisms. The Working Group has developed recommended practices and practical guidance for the design and operation of merger review systems across issues of merger notification, investigation and analysis.

Unilateral Conduct

The ICN Unilateral Conduct Working Group was established in May 2006, at the fifth Annual ICN Conference in Cape Town. Its primary objectives are to examine the challenges involved in addressing anticompetitive unilateral conduct of dominant firms and firms with market power, and to promote greater convergence and sound enforcement of laws governing unilateral conduct.