How competitive is the digital economy and how may it affect consumer welfare, democracy and society? The significance of these queries cannot be overstated, as their conclusions will determine the dynamics of future technology markets, our social fabric and enforcement policies. Indeed, competition authorities around the world, as well as the EDPS, OECD, UNCTAD, UK House of Lords and other policy makers are currently grappling with these challenging questions.

The issues transcend the antitrust realm. They challenge the scope and reach of traditional law making and enforcement. Further, they affect the media, public debate, democracy and social values.

The conference brings together leading policy makers, enforcers, academics and practitioner to discuss the rise of the digital economy and its consequences. Thought leaders will debate the implications of virtual competition to antitrust enforcement, society and democracy.

Confirmed speakers: Prof. Adi Ayal (Bar-Ilan University), Philip Blond (ResPublica), Alec Burnside (Partner, Dechert LLP), Prof. Pepper D. Culpepper (Oxford University), Lord David Currie (Chairman, UK Competition and Markets Authority), Christian Dcunha (Office of the European Data Protection Supervisor), Isabelle de-Silva (President, Autorité de la Concurrence), Maurits Dolmans (Partner, Cleary Gottlieb), Prof. Josef Drexl (Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition), Prof. Ariel Ezrachi (Oxford University), Prof. Harry First (New York University), Dr Liza Lovdahl Gormsen (British Institute for International and Comparative Law), Barry Lynn (Senior Fellow, New America), Thomas Kramler (Head of the Digital Single Market Task Force, DG Competition, European Commission), Prof. Bill Kovacic (Competition and Markets Authority, George Washington University and King's College), Munesh Mahtani (Senior Competition Counsel, Google), Terrell McSweeny (Commissioner, US Federal Trade Commission), Mario Monti (The Senate of the Italian Republic), Andreas Mundt (President, German Bundeskartellamt), Prof. John Naughton (Cambridge University), Agustin Reyna (Senior Legal Officer, BEUC - The European Consumer Organisation), Prof. Maurice Stucke (Tennessee University), Prof. Spencer Waller (Chicago Loyola University), Lord Larry Whitty (House of Lords), Prof. Rebecca Williams (Oxford University).

The provisional programme can be viewed here.


Registration fees

The conference registration fee includes lunch and refreshments as well as any materials distributed before or during the conference. The fees are:

Non-academics: £120.00
Academics from universities other than Oxford: £60.00
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