Launched in 2014, the Global Antitrust Institute (GAI) was founded on the belief that when judges and competition enforcers applying competition law around the world have a deeper understanding of economics, they are more likely to make decisions that enhance consumer welfare and promote innovation.
With more than one hundred national competition regimes worldwide, the GAI responds to the need for a global perspective. To that end, the GAI collaborates with leading competition law centers in Asia, Europe, and Latin America to promote economically-informed decision making and policy. The GAI economic education programs have reached more than 250 foreign judges and over 230 enforcement officials. The GAI also hosts international scholars and practitioners as International Fellows. To help guide its work, the Global Antitrust Institute has established an International Board of Advisors consisting of leading international scholars and practitioners in the antitrust field.
Ideally located just across the river from Washington, D.C., the GAI is part of the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, which has been a world leader in law and economics research and education for 40 years.
The GAI draws upon the faculty of George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School. The faculty includes Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and former head of the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice; Joshua D. Wright, former U.S. Federal Trade Commissioner (FTC); John M. Yun, former U.S. FTC Acting Deputy Assistant Director, Bureau of Economics, Antitrust Division; Bruce H. Kobayashi, former Director of the Bureau of Economics, U.S. FTC; and Tad Lipsky, former U.S. FTC Acting Director of the Bureau of Competition and former Deputy Assistant Attorney General. The GAI also draws upon the faculties of partner institutions around the world.
The GAI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit institution that receives general support donations from corporate, foundation, and individual donors and is a unit of George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School and reports to the Dean of the Law School. Its finances are managed through the George Mason University Foundation, Inc., which itself is a 501(c)(3) corporation established to support the activities of George Mason University. Donations allow us to hire staff, cover overhead, and associated expenses from programs, events, and institutes and in furtherance of our mission to promote the application of sound economic analysis to competition enforcement around the world through economic education programs, competition advocacy, events, and hosting visiting scholars. The GAI does not accept donations or support that would limit our ability to carry out our mission and core values in a manner we see fit–free of external influence. The GAI’s economic education materials and competition advocacy submissions are generated by GAI faculty and staff and are not subject to review or approval. To learn more about the GAI’s activities, please see the GAI’s annual report.