Dec 4 2019
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Dynamic Competition and Online Platforms: Evaluating Recent Government Reports

Dec 4, 2019   12:30pm ET   Hotel Plaza Athénée
Paris, France

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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.

Reports that will be covered:

ACCC, Digital Platforms Inquiry

European Commission, Competition Policy for the Digital Era

Unlocking digital competition Report of the Digital Competition Expert Panel

Canada’s Digital Charter in Action: A Plan by Canadians, for Canadians


This event is co-organized by:

The International Center for Law & Economics and Utrecht University School of Law


Geoffrey Manne, President & Founder, International Center for Law & Economics

Thibault Schrepel, Assistant Professor in European Economic Law, Utrecht University School of Law; Faculty Associate, Berkman Center at Harvard University



Paul Seabright, Director of the IAST, Toulouse School of Economics



Sam Bowman, Principal, Fingleton Associates

Cristina Caffarra, Vice President, Charles River Associates

Michelle Connolly, former Chief Economist, FCC; Professor of Economics, Duke University

Anna Gerbrandy, Research Director and Chair of Competition Law, Europa Institute of Utrecht University School of Law

Bill Kovacic, former Chairman, FCC; Global Competition Professor of Law and Policy, GWU; Director, Competition Law Center

Ioannis Lianos, President, Hellenic Competition Commission; Professor of Competition Law and Public Policy, University College London

Mariateresa Maggiolino, Associate Professor Department of Law, Bocconi University

Francisco Marcos, Professor of Law, IE Business School

Alex Robson, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Australia to the OECD

Anne-Lise Sibony, Professor of European Law, University of Louvain

Jasper Sluijs, Assistant Professor, Law, Economics and Governance, Utrecht University School of Law

Anna Tzanaki, Marie Curie Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Lund University

Gregory Werden, former Senior Economic Counsel, DOJ

Joshua Wright, former FTC Commissioner; Professor of Law, George Mason University Antonin Scalia School of Law;  Executive Director, Global Antitrust Institute