George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School

The Administration of Antitrust Conference

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On Friday, October 14, the C. Boyden Gray Center and the Global Antitrust Institute (GAI) of George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School will host a full-day conference on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Constitution, and the future of antitrust policy.

The conference will feature a keynote address and a series of panel discussions with former agency officials, leading litigators, and top scholars in the fields of antitrust and constitutional law examining the following issues:

      • The current state of antitrust policy
      • The Roberts Court’s possible effect on the FTC’s ambitious policymaking agenda
      • The FTC’s in-house adjudications
      • The future of FTC independence, in light of the Supreme Court’s recent constitutional decisions

We look forward to hosting you on this day of insightful policy discussions. A complimentary breakfast and lunch will be provided for all attendees.

Please see the event agenda below for more information. Speakers are still being confirmed, but this agenda will be updated as more details become available.

Agenda  

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

Friday, October 14 

All sessions held in the Mayflower’s East Room 

 8:15 – 8:55 am Registration and Breakfast 

 8:55 – 9:00 am Welcome 

 Joshua D. Wright, Executive Director, Global Antitrust Institute; University Professor of Law, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University 

Adam White, Co-Director, The C. Boyden Gray Center for the Study of the Administrative State; Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

 9:00 – 10:30 am Panel 1: American Antitrust Law: Where Are We, and Where Are We Going?

Thomas Hazlett, H.H. Macaulay Endowed Professor of Economics, Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business, Clemson University

Jan Rybnicek, Partner, Antitrust, Competition and Trade Group, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Moderator: Abbott “Tad” Lipsky, Jr., Director of the Competition Advocacy Program, Global Antitrust Institute; Adjunct Professor of Law, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University 

 10:30 – 10:40 am Break 

 10:40 am – 11:55 am Panel 2:  The FTC’s Independence After Seila Law v. CFPB  

 Moderator: Jennifer Mascott, Assistant Professor of Law & Co-Executive Director, The C. Boyden Gray Center for the Study of the Administrative State, Scalia Law School 

 11:55 am – 12:00 pm Break 

 12:00 – 1:20 pm Lunch & Keynote Speech 

 1:20 – 1:30 pm Break 

 1:30 – 2:45 pm Panel 3: The FTC vs. the Roberts Court: The Major Questions Doctrine, Rulemaking, and More  

Thomas W. Merrill, Charles Evans Hughes Professor, Columbia Law School 

Eugene Scalia, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP; Former U.S. Secretary of Labor (2019 – 2021) 

2:45 – 2:55 pm Break 

 2:55 – 4:10 pm Panel 4: The FTC’s Litigation: In Court and In-House

Justin (Gus) Hurwitz, Professor of Law, Nebraska College of Law, University of Nebraska – Lincoln; The Menard Director, Nebraska Governance and Technology Center; Co-Director, Space, Cyber, and Telecom Law Program
Ashley Baker, Director of Public Policy, Committee for Justice

Moderator: Joshua D. Wright, Executive Director, Global Antitrust Institute; University Professor of Law, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University  

 4:10 – 5:10 pm Reception, The Mayflower Chinese Room 

 5:10 pm Adjourn