The Global Antitrust Institute Hosts A Conversation with Associate Justice Neil M. Gorsuch and Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg Followed by a Panel Discussion: Antitrust and Digital Platforms Around the World

The Global Antitrust Institute Hosted
A Conversation with
Associate Justice Neil M. Gorsuch and Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg
Followed by a Panel Discussion:
Antitrust and Digital Platforms Around the World


Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019
Time: 12:15 pm – 2:45 pm
Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square
806 15th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005

This Event was by Invitation Only.


12:15 – 1:30 pm – Luncheon and Conversation with Associate Justice Neil M. Grosuch and Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg

1:30 – 2:45 pm – Panel Discussion:  Antitrust and Digital Platforms Around the World

    • Bernard A. Nigro, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, Washington, DC
    • Alexandre Cordeiro Macedo, General Superintendent, Conselho Administrativo de Defensa Economica (CADE), Brazil
    • Reiko Aoki, Commissioner, Japan Fair Trade Commission, Tokyo
    • Johannes Laitenberger, Director General, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels
    • ModeratorJoshua D. Wright, Executive Director, Global Antitrust Institute,  George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School

Speaker Bios:

Neil M. Gorsuch, Associate Justice was born in Denver, Colorado, August 29, 1967. He and his wife Louise have two daughters. He received a B.A. from Columbia University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a D.Phil. from Oxford University. He served as a law clerk to Judge David B. Sentelle of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and as a law clerk to Justice Byron White and Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the Supreme Court of the United States. From 1995–2005, he was in private practice, and from 2005–2006 he was Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice. He was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in 2006. He served on the Standing Committee on Rules for Practice and Procedure of the U.S. Judicial Conference, and as chairman of the Advisory Committee on Rules of Appellate Procedure. He taught at the University of Colorado Law School. President Donald J. Trump nominated him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and he took his seat on April 10, 2017.


Senior Circuit Judge Douglas Ginsburg was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in 1986; he served as Chief Judge from 2001 to 2008. After receiving his BS from Cornell University in 1970, and his JD from the University of Chicago Law School in 1973, he clerked for Judge Carl McGowan on the D.C. Circuit and Justice Thurgood Marshall on the United States Supreme Court. Thereafter, Judge Ginsburg was a professor at the Harvard Law School, the Deputy Assistant and then Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, as well as the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Office of Management and Budget. Concurrent with his service on the federal bench, Judge Ginsburg has taught at the University of Chicago Law School and the New York University School of Law. Judge Ginsburg is currently a Professor of Law at the Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, and a visiting professor at the University College London, Faculty of Laws.  Judge Ginsburg is the Chairman of the International Advisory Board of the Global Antitrust Institute at the Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University. He also serves on the Advisory Boards of: Competition Policy International; the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy; the Journal of Competition Law and Economics; the Journal of Law, Economics and Policy; the Supreme Court Economic Review; the University of Chicago Law Review; The New York University Journal of Law and Liberty; and, at University College London, both the Center for Law, Economics and Society and the Jevons Institute for Competition Law and Economics.


Bernard (Barry) A. Nigro is Deputy Assistant Attorney General. He previously was chair of the antitrust department and partner in a national law firm. He served as Deputy Director for the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition from 2003-05, where he received a Commendation for Superior Service awarded by the Chairman. He received his BA from Georgetown University and his JD from George Washington University Law School.



Alexandre Cordeiro Macedo is a PhD student of Economic Law at the Federal University of Minas Gerais. He has a master’s degree in Constitutional Law at the Instituto Brasiliense de Direito Público and a postgraduate degree in Disciplinary Administrative Proceedings at the University of Brasília. He graduated in Law at the Instituto de Educação Superior de Brasília and in Economics at the Brasília University Center – UNICEUB. Since 2006, he is an Auditor of the Office of the Comptroller General – CGU in its acronym in Portuguese, where he also worked as adviser and chief of staff. He also worked as Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Cities, between 2012 and 2013. He is a professor of Economic Law and Economic Analysis of Law in the Escola de Direito de Brasília – IDP. He is a visiting professor at the Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos – UNISINOS in the LLM of Business Law. He also is a visiting professor at the Faculdade de Direito de Vitória – FDV in the post-graduation program in Compliance, Anticorruption Law, Business and Public Administration. He is a Visiting Scholar and International Fellow of the Global Antitrust Institute of the Antonin Scalia Law School – George Mason University in Washington D.C.


Reiko Aoki is a Commissioner for the Japan Fair Trade Commission. Prior to her appointment as commissioner, she worked as the Executive Vice-Preisdent and Professor at Kyushu University.  She began her career as an Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University, then the State University of New York. Afterwards she worked as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland, then an Associate Professor, and Professor at Hitotsubashi University. She has participated in visiting scholar and visiting lectures programs at Osaka University, Ben-Gurion University, Tel-Aviv University, the Institute of Intellectual Property, and the University of Tokyo. She became members of the Education and Research Council at Hitotsubashi and an Executive member of the Council of Science and Technology Policy. She earned a Bachelors in  Mathematics at the University of Tokyo, a Masters in Economics at the University of Tsukuba, and a Master’s degree and a PhD in Statistics at Stanford University.


Johannes Laitenberger is the Director-General of DG Competition. He took office on 1 September 2015. Under the political guidance of Commissioner Vestager, he manages the Directorate-General within the framework set by its mission statement and work program. He has been Deputy Director-General of the Commission’s Legal Service (2014-15), Head of Cabinet of President Barroso (2009-14), Spokesman of the European Commission (2005-09) and Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Reding (2003-04). Johannes Laitenberger started his career in the European Institutions in 1996 as an adviser in the General Secretariat of the Council. In 1999, he joined the Commission as a case handler in the Directorate-General for Competition (formerly DG IV) and soon became Member of Cabinet of Commissioner Reding (1999-2003). He studied Law at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, Bonn, and qualified as a German lawyer. He was born in Hamburg (Germany) on 27th June 1964 and grew up in Hamburg and Lisbon (Portugal).


Joshua D. Wright is the Executive Director of the Global Antitrust Institute and holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Economics. On January 1, 2013, the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Professor Wright as a member of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), following his nomination by President Obama to that position. He rejoined Scalia Law School as a full-time member of the faculty in Fall 2015. Professor Wright is a leading scholar in antitrust law, economics, intellectual property, and consumer protection, and has published more than 100 articles and book chapters, co-authored a leading antitrust casebook, and edited several book volumes focusing on these issues. Professor Wright also served on the editorial board of the Supreme Court Economic Review, the Antitrust Law Journal, and the International Review of Law and Economics. Professor Wright’s teaching and interests include Antitrust, Contracts, Administrative Law, Law and Economics, Intellectual Property and Antitrust, and Quantitative Methods. Professor Wright was awarded the Paul M. Bator Award by the Federalist Society in 2014 to “an academic who demonstrated excellence in legal scholarship, a commitment to teaching, a concern for students, and who has made a significant public impact.” Wright previously served the Commission in the Bureau of Competition as its inaugural Scholar-in-Residence from 2007 to 2008, where he focused on enforcement matters and competition policy. Wright’s return to the FTC as a Commissioner marked his fourth stint at the agency, after having served as an intern in both the Bureau of Economics and Bureau of Competition in 1997 and 1998, respectively. Wright received his JD from UCLA in 2002, his PhD in economics from UCLA in 2003, and graduated with honors from the University of California, San Diego in 1998.  He is a member of the California and DC Bar.