Just days before leaving office, the outgoing Obama FTC left what should have been an unwelcome parting gift for the incoming Commission: an antitrust suit against Qualcomm.
In its sixth set of comments for the FTC’s Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century, ICLE scholars addressed the questions for comment raised by Hearing #6, “The Intersection of Big Data, Privacy, and Competition,” exposing several crucial misconceptions about the competitive dynamics of data-intensive markets.
On December 19, 2018, ICLE President and Founder, Geoffrey A. Manne testified before the US Senate Committee on the Judiciary's Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights to discuss the differences between the antitrust regimes in the US and the EU, and the inadvisability of importing EU policy into the US.
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The Australian approach to “consumer protection” policy is a threat to consumer welfare and free speech
Dirk Auer joined ICLE as a Senior Fellow in October 2018. His work focuses on the law and economics of antitrust, with an emphasis on innovation policy, digital markets and European competition law. Dirk is also a guest lecturer at the EDHEC business school in France, where he teaches a course on advanced competition law, and at UCLouvain in Belgium, where he teaches an introduction to American law course.
Before joining ICLE, Dirk worked as a research fellow at the Liège Competition and Innovation Institute (LCII). Dirk’s research has been published in a number of influential law journals. Prior to that, he worked for the competition practices of two leading law firms in Brussels.