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International Antitrust Conference Open to the Public

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Professor John M. Yun, the GAI’s executive director, will join distinguished academics and practitioners in a discussion on the Digital Markets Act (DMA) and the Digital Services Act (DSA) at an international conference held online and on site in Warsaw, Poland, on November 24.

The DMA and DSA regulate the provision of digital services in the internal market, alter the traditional enforcement of antitrust rules, and protect the rights of Internet users. Professor Yun and the other experts will address the impact of these developments on global competition law, fair competition across platforms, and market power abuse prevention in the digital space.

The conference will also delve into compliance initiatives and how significant the costs are for enterprises (in comparison with GDPR regulatory costs). The final panel of the day will include practitioners discussing possible compliance actions, the powers to conduct unannounced dawn raids, and the ways of challenging adverse measures through judicial review.

Get more details and register for this conference by November 21, 2023. All registrants will receive a recording of the event.

Universidad Americana Law School Invites GAI Guest Lecturer

Dario Oliveira Neto delivering guest lecture at the Law School of Universidad Americana


Dario Oliveira Neto, the Director of the Global Antitrust Institute’s Latin America Competition Advocacy Program, recently guest lectured at the Law School of Universidad Americana for its business law class of more than 40 students. His lecture covered the “Introduction of the US Antitrust Law and the EU Competition Law.”


George Mason Law Review 27th Annual Antitrust Symposium

Plan now to attend the George Mason Law Review 27th Annual Antitrust Symposium on February 23, 2024, at Mason Square in Arlington, Virginia!

You’ll hear from top antitrust law and competition experts on crucial topics such as the Proposed Merger Guidelines issued by the Federal Trade Commission and US Department of Justice, big tech litigations, the European Union digital extraterritorial enforcement in the first year of the Digital Markets Act, and more!

More details and registration information coming soon!

Videos of the 26th Annual Antitrust Symposium are now available! Watch them here!

CONACOM workshop

The GAI and CONACOM Deliver Instructional Workshop in Paraguay

On Friday, April 14, the GAI and National Competition Commission of Paraguay (CONACOM) conducted an educational workshop on competition issues for CONACOM officials and APEDEC (Paraguayan Association of Studies on the Defense of Competition) members. Instructors included Scalia Law Professor and GAI Executive Director John Yun and Alexandre Cordeiro Macedo, President of the Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE).

The full-day workshop took place in Asunción, Paraguay, and covered a range of topics including horizontal and vertical mergers and bid-rigging in public procurement. The event concluded with a roundtable discussion on the current state of antitrust law in Latin America and the US.

The GAI Spring Conversation Series Yields Insightful Discussions

Alexandre Cordeiro Macedo and Noah Joshua Phillips

As the cherry blossoms reached full bloom in Washington, DC, on March 30, lawyers, economists, and academics gathered to attend the GAI’s Annual Spring Conversation Series at the Conrad Hotel.

The Global Antitrust Institute welcomed Alexandre Cordeiro Macedo (pictured left above), president of the Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE)—Brazil’s national competition regulator—who spoke with Abbott (Tad) Lipsky Jr., adjunct professor of law and director of the GAI’s Competition Advocacy Program at Antonin Scalia Law School. They discussed the unique and common challenges of enforcing antitrust in Brazil as well competition law worldwide.

The GAI also welcomed former FTC Commissioner Noah Joshua Phillips (pictured right above) at the event. Now a partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, Noah Phillips spoke with Senior Circuit Judge Douglas Ginsburg about a range of antitrust topics, including consumer protection, privacy issues, and the FTC’s current regulatory efforts.

The George Mason Law Review 26th Annual Antitrust Symposium

The George Mason Law Review Circuit Judge Douglas Ginsburg 26th Annual Antitrust Symposium took place on Friday, February 24, 2023. This all-day event featured a luncheon conversation with FTC Commissioner Rebecca Kelly Slaughter, plus four panel discussions on key antitrust topics with academic leaders, practitioners, economic scholars, lawyers, judges, enforcers, agency heads, and other experts. It was held in person in the Van Metre Auditorium at Antonin Scalia Law School. Videos of the panels and luncheon conversation will be available soon!

Global Antitrust Institute Invitational Moot Court Competition

Moot court winners and runners up

Congratulations to Howard University School of Law students Alexis Nail and Leah Herring (pictured above 2nd and 3rd from right) for winning the Ninth Annual Global Antitrust Institute (GAI) Invitational Moot Court Competition on February 26, 2023! Hosted by the Antonin Scalia Law School Moot Court Board with the Global Antitrust Institute and Senior Circuit Judge Douglas Ginsburg, the GAI Invitational is the only moot court competition in the United States devoted exclusively to antitrust law.

New York University School of Law students Sasha Kliger and Sophia Cianfrani (pictured 2nd and 3rd from the left above), were awarded Runners-up in the competition. See all the winners!

GAI Scholars Nominated for Concurrences 2023 Antitrust Writing Awards

Concurrences nominated five papers written by individual members of the Global Antitrust team for the Antitrust Writing Awards in the Academic Articles competition.

Mauá Merit Medal Recipient

Dario Oliveira Neto receiving Brazil’s Maua Merit Medal The GAI congratulates Dario Oliveira Neto, GAI’s director of Latin America Competition Advocacy Program, on receiving Brazil’s Mauá Merit Medal (Medalha de Mérito Mauá). The Brazilian Ministry of Infrastructure recognized Dario with this prestigious award in the Mauá Cross (Cruz Mauá) category for his work with the Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE), where he served as the head of the technical advisory unit to the president’s office.

“I feel deeply honored to be awarded a merit medal in the name of Barão e Visconde de Mauá, a brilliant Brazilian of the 19th century known for his initiatives and developments in the private sector, principally, in the markets related to infrastructure,” Dario remarked. “Barão de Mauá was a great entrepreneur who helped to develop the Brazilian economy and to enhance competition in the markets.”

Distinguished Scholar of Competition Law

The Global Antitrust Institute welcomes Alexandre Cordeiro Macedo to the appointment of Distinguished Scholar of Competition Law.

Alexandre Cordeiro MacedoAlexandre Cordeiro Macedo is the President of the Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE). CADE is a branch of the Brazilian government that is responsible for investigating and resolving competition issues, as well as fostering and promoting the culture of competition in Brazil. Prior to becoming the head of CADE in July 2021, President Cordeiro served as the Superintendent General of CADE for four years, and also as a Commissioner at CADE.

The Administration of Antitrust: The FTC and the Rule of Law Conference

Recently, the C. Boyden Gray Center and the Global Antitrust Institute (GAI) co-hosted a full-day conference in Washington, DC, to discuss the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Constitution, and the future of antitrust policy.

View the keynote address by Professor William E. Kovacic, professor of law and director of the Competition Law Center at the George Washington University Law School below, and watch the all the panel discussions with former agency officials, leading litigators, and top scholars in the fields of antitrust and constitutional law on our YouTube channel.

The Global Antitrust Institute Report on the Digital Economy

The Global Antitrust Institute is proud to announce that our Report on the Digital Economy is now available to read here:

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