With the emergence of large multinational technology companies and innovative digital technologies such as the internet, the cloud, and mobile devices, antitrust regulators are under increasing pressure to address antitrust concerns from state, federal and international authorities. These pressures have come with new and competing visions for enforcement that challenge some of the bedrock principles of US antitrust law.
The George Mason Law Review’s Twenty-Third Annual Antitrust Symposium explored the robust debate surrounding the direction of antitrust law. Panel discussions evaluated the competing approaches to enforcement vs innovation between the EU and US, the diverging visions of enforcement between the FTC and the DOJ, the impact of competing state antitrust laws, as well as what policy changes may be needed in the United States to address increasing fears of market concentration.
See below for photos and full recordings of the event!
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Evan Moore, Symposium Editor, George Mason Law Review
Douglas H. Ginsburg, Senior Judge, US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit and Professor of Law, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School
Bernard (Barry) A. Nigro Jr, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division, US Department of Justice
Panel 1 – EU vs. US – Evaluating Competing Approaches to Antitrust and Innovation
Cristina Caffarra, Vice President, Head of European Competition Practice, Charles River Associates
James C. Cooper, Associate Professor of Law; Director, Program on Economics & Privacy, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School
Jan Rybnicek, Counsel, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Hal J. Singer, Managing Director, Econ One Research; Senior Fellow at George Washington Institute for Public Policy, George Washington University, School of Public Policy
Panel 2 – Divergence Between the FTC and DOJ? Recent Tensions and Implications for Practice
Debbie Feinstein, Partner, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
James F. Rill, Senior Counsel, Baker Botts LLP
Justin Stewart-Teitelbaum, Counsel, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
David P. Wales, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Moderator: Abbott (Tad) B. Lipsky, Jr., Director of the Competition Advocacy Program at the Global Antitrust Institute, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School
Luncheon Fireside Chat
Rohit Chopra, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
Joshua D. Wright, University Professor of Law; Executive Director Global Antitrust Institute, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School
Panel 3 – The Impact of State Antitrust Enforcement
George S. Cary, Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Bruce Kobayashi, Professor of Law, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School; Former Director of the Bureau of Economics, Federal Trade Commission
Andrew Robinson, Counsel for the Office of the Assistant Attorney General, Department of Justice, Antitrust Division
Sarah Oxenham Allen, Chair, NAAG Antitrust Taskforce; Senior Assistant AG and Antitrust Unit Manager, Office of the Virginia Attorney General
Moderator: The Honorable Douglas H. Ginsburg, Senior Judge, US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit and Professor of Law, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School
Panel 4 – Antitrust Politics: What policy changes are most needed in the U.S.?
Michael Kades, Director of Markets and Competition Policy, Washington Center for Equitable Growth
William E. Kovacic, Global Competition Professor of Law and Policy; Professor of Law and Director of Competition Law Center, The George Washington University Law School
Fiona M. Scott Morton, Theodore Nierenberg Professor of Economics, Yale University School of Management
Maureen K. Ohlhausen, Practice Group Chair – Antitrust & Competition Law and Partner, Baker Botts LLP
Moderator: Timothy J. Muris, Senior Counsel, Sidley Austin LLP and George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School