Former Peruvian Competition Commissioner Joins ICLE as Senior Scholar

PORTLAND, Ore. (Feb. 8, 2024) — The International Center for Law & Economics (ICLE) today announced that Mario Zúñiga of the University of Lima and the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru has joined the center as a senior scholar of competition policy.

Mario previously was a commissioner of Peru’s Commission for the Defense of Free Competition (INDECOPI); an advisor in the Cabinet of Advisors of the Peruvian Ministry of Economy and Finance; director of research at Taxpayers for Respect; and a researcher at Hernando de Soto’s Institute for Liberty and Democracy (ILD). 

“As we continue to see jurisdictions around the world exploring ex ante rules for their competition regimes, we are thrilled to welcome Mario to our team. He has a unique combination of skills and experience—as an academic, a practitioner, and a former regulator—to analyze these developments through the lens of law & economics,” ICLE President and Founder Geoffrey Manne said.

Mario received his JD from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, as well as an LLM from the George Washington University Law School. He also serves as a nongovernmental advisor for Peru at the International Competition Network (ICN).

“I have been drawn to the profound insights offered by the law & economics approach since I was a law student,” Zúñiga said. “Working in my law career in fields like antitrust or tackling informality has confirmed for me how these insights can lead to better law and better institutions, and can foster economic growth, competition, inclusion, and even equality. Due to its mission, intellectual legacy, and stellar team, I think the ICLE is the best place for me to keep learning and hopefully contributing to such goals.”