Law School hosts conference on antitrust law in developing countries

Harry First

On October 24, the Law School hosted a daylong conference on antitrust law in emerging and developing countries. In an interview with Concurrences competition law journal (which co-organized the conference), Eleanor Fox '61, Walter J. Derenberg Professor of Trade Regulation, said that the purpose was “to look closely at developing and emerging countries, and to consider from their point of view what are their competition problems, what is obstructing their markets, and how can they apply their competition law to help make their markets work better.”

Eleanor Fox

Fox gave introductory remarks, and a series of panels then looked at various issues in antitrust law. Harry First, Charles L. Denison Professor of Law, moderated a discussion on market dominance and abuse. The four panelists, First told Concurrences, offered “a range of views, and a range of different experiences.” Two were lawyers, and two were economists, and they were based in four different countries: Brazil, China, India, and South Africa. Professor Daniel Rubinfeld moderated a panel on mergers.

Daniel Rubinfeld

At other programs on international competition law, representatives of developing nations may get a message—stated or implied—from their counterparts in developed countries that “this is the way you do it, this will be good for you,” Fox said. “We wanted to present something a little more contextual.”

Posted October 31, 2014