The theme of our conference is Dynamic Competition and Online Platforms: Evaluating Recent Government Reports and is timed to coincide with the OECD’s annual global forum on competition, which will take place December 5th-6th.
Over the past few years, numerous scholars, journalists, and others have argued that online platforms such as Google, Amazon, and Facebook are behaving anti-competitively. In response, competition authorities in the EU, UK, and Australia have issued reports on these platforms and Canada has introduced a Digital Charter. In addition, competition authorities in the EU and Germany have already brought antitrust actions against several platforms, and US antitrust authorities are investigating several of the larger platform companies.
We believe it is important to discuss the merits and drawbacks of these actions and reports — and to examine the fundamental tension that generally exists in the law between liability for harm and innovation. To that end, we are inviting some of the leading experts on the law and economics of competition policy.
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