In the Spotlight:

The Global Antitrust Institute has been nominated for the Global Competition Review’s: Academic or Advocacy Excellence Award, which is awarded to an academic competition specialist or advocacy organization that made an outstanding contribution to competition policy in 2018. Vote for GAI here.


In the past year, the GAI published a record 33 articles, papers, and chapters in books.  We are also very proud to announce that the GAI faculty has had the most articles nominated for Concurrences Antitrust Writing Awards out of any academic institutions and the most nominations out of any research center across all years!

Specifically, the GAI proudly received eight nominations for the Concurrences Antitrust Writing Awards (2019), which includes six articles and two comments by the GAI faculty.

Check out GAI’s other nominations & awards here.


On February 16-17, 2019, the GAI  hosted it’s 5th Annual Invitational Moot Court Competition.

The competition was also hosted by the Antonin Scalia Law School Moot Court Board in conjunction with Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg of the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

The Global Antitrust Institute Invitational is the only moot court competition in the United States devoted exclusively to antitrust law and offers a unique opportunity for invited law schools. Competing teams will not only compete in a federal circuit court, but also will have opportunities to attend a private reception and network with an extensive list of litigation and antitrust professionals from the Washington, D.C. area. Click here for more information about the Moot Court Competition.


On February 15th, GAI’s Joshua Wright and John Yun were panelists during the George Mason Law Review’s 22nd Annual Antitrust Symposium.

John Yun discussed “Remedying Merger Remedies” and Joshua Wright spoke about “Antitrust and Big Tech.”

 

The conference was organized by the George Mason Law Review and the Law & Economics Center’s Henry G. Manne Program in Law & Economics Studies

The symposium featured two keynote speakers – Makan Delrahim, Assistant Attorney General, US Department of Justice Antitrust Division and Christine S. Wilson, Commissioner, US Federal Trade Commission.  Other panel topics  included “Antitrust Litigation: ‘TwIqbal’ a Decade Later” and “Reviewing CFIUS Review: National Security, Industrial Policy, and Competition Law.”


The Global Antitrust Institute recently wrote a letter to Secretary Wilbur Ross of the U.S. Department of Commerce and Under Secretary Iancu of Commerce for the Intellectual Property and the Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The letter shows support for the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice in its announcement that it will adopt an evidence-based approach to applying the antitrust law to intellectual property rights. It reads:

Dear Secretary Ross and Under Secretary Iancu:

The Global Antitrust Institute (GAI) was founded on the belief that when judges and regulators around the world have a deeper understanding of economics, they are more likely to make decisions that enhance consumer welfare and promote innovation. The GAI is a non-profit organization housed at the Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, that collaborates with leading academic centers in Asia, Europe, and Latin America to promote economically-informed decision making and policy.

As previously addressed in a letter submitted to Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim on February 13, 2018, the GAI supports the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice in its announcement that it will adopt an evidence-based approach to applying the antitrust law to intellectual property rights. The Antitrust Division has carefully laid out a position, based upon strong legal and economic foundation, that calibrates the interests of both innovators who develop and implementers who use technological standards in industries characterized by high levels of innovation. We are confident this approach ensures balanced protection of innovators, implementers, and consumers. We append the February 13 letter for your consideration.

Click here to read the complete letter.


 

On December 6 and 7, 2018, GAI’s John Yun traveled to Latvia to teach a lecture entitled, “Is Big Data a barrier to
entry” at the Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Conference on Competition, Big Data and Fundamental Rights, hosted by Riga Graduate School of Law (RGSL).  Watch his lecture online here.

 


 

On January 22nd, the GAI team submitted a Comment  to the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) for consideration in relation to its Digital Platforms Inquiry, Preliminary Report (2018). The Comment details several fundamental methodological shortcomings and analytical gaps in the Preliminary Report.

Check out GAI’s Competition Advocacy Program for more comments.