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). During this time, he worked on a PhD which discusses the “innovation defense” under European and US antitrust laws. His dissertation concludes that competition enforcers should systematically assess whether their enforcement might chill firms’ incentives to innovate. 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.
Dirk holds a master’s degree in law from UCLouvain in Belgium. He also earned two LLMs, at the University of Liège and at University of Chicago Law School. During his PhD, Dirk completed several economics courses, focusing on industrial organization and competition policy. He also attended the IP² Summer Institute organized by Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.