“The most attractive thing in research is that you know exactly what questions you are asking, but you have no idea what answers you will find, nor what other questions will emerge in the process. I was researching to develop a tool that would improve enforcement of competition law, and I have discovered how this tool was curing our economy from possible diseases day-by-day. Antitrust settlements need to be protagonists and deserve attention from the entire community of economists, not only the minority antitrust one.” Antitrust Settlements-How a Simple Agreement Can Drive the Economy (Wolters Kluwer, 2019)
Book Launch & UCL CBT Seminar – November 26th
Lecture on Giovanna Massarotto’s new book titled “Antitrust Settlements: How a Simple Agreement Can Drive the Economy”
As a PhD in law, what first struck me was how a simple agreement (which in my mind was a contract) could regulate markets and drive our economy by changing the dynamics of markets. In 1956 an antitrust settlement set the tone for the creation of the Internet. Today antitrust settlements along with unlocking the complexity of blockchain technology and smart contracts can be the key to govern present and future data-driven markets. Antitrust settlement is not a mere tool to enforce antitrust law, and this book is not merely a book on antitrust settlements. This book is a springboard to further investigate how a simple antitrust enforcement tool can drive our economy leading both the antitrust and regulatory intervention in today’s global data economy.
This event has taken place at the Sir Ambrose Fleming LT, G06, Roberts Building, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT.
Lecture on Data Economy and Law/Antitrust at Politecnico of Milan on March 5, 2020
I discussed the role of law (e.g. antitrust and economic regulation) in today’s data economy. The exploitation of innovative technologies (e.g. blockchain) has also been debated. Online lecture. For more information https://www.som.polimi.it/event/presentazione-executive-mba-05032020/
Distinguished Guest Scholar for the Global Antitrust Institute. Washington D.C. – February 20-27, 2020.
Invited to serve as a Distinguished Guest Scholar for the Global Antitrust Institute (GAI) and the Global Antitrust Law & Economics LLM Program at the Antonin Scalia Law School of George Mason University in Washington DC.
Lecture on February 26, 2020
Grasping the Meaning of Big-Tech Antitrust Consent
Big-tech has put antitrust in the spotlight. Data-driven markets are increasingly dynamic and unpredictable, making the enforcement of antitrust challenging. Some scholars suggested that antitrust should simply be abolished as historically it has done more harm than good. Paradoxically, a globally enforced consent solution (antitrust settlement) that exploits the same big-tech ingenuity has enormous potential to secure economic democracy by delivering innovation through a technologically managed solution.
at Antonin Scalia Law School https://gai.gmu.edu/
Seminar at the Centre for Competition Law and Policy (CCLP). University of Oxford – February 7, 2020.
This seminar focused on the critical issues related to data industry regulation and the crucial role of antitrust consent in driving the regulation process forward. Entitled:
Is the Antitrust Consent the Solution to Tackle Today’s Data-Driven Markets?
ABSTRACT – Since the origin of antitrust law, academic lawyers and economists have criticized antitrust enforcers for their inactivity or alternatively their excessive zeal. Today the situation has not actually changed. In the U.S., some antitrust scholars called it a ‘paradox’ as the enforcement of antitrust principles seem to be ever more challenging. Data-driven markets are increasingly dynamic and unpredictable, and ‘no action’ seems an all too common solution. Could the Antitrust Consent be the key? This alternative approach will be presented and debated.
Seminar at Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). London – February 6, 2020.
This seminar covered Part III of my book focused on the Antitrust Consent Regulation in data-driven markets and is entitled:
Could (or Should) the Antitrust Consent Govern Data-Driven Markets?
IT Law Certificate Program – H-FARM
Taught 3 Days intensive course in IT Law (from software to blockchain) to economists, legal professions and engineers to increase their ability to manage legal issues related to IT and to be proactive with daily IT challenges in their current or future profession.
Dec. 12, 13, 14, 2019