Muhammad Rifky Wicaksono


Rifky is a DPhil candidate at the Faculty of Law, a researcher at Oxford's Centre for Competition Law and Policy, and a member of Wolfson College. His doctoral research, supervised by Prof. Ariel Ezrachi, examines how developing countries should adapt their competition policies to address the unique antitrust challenges posed by the digital economy. Specifically, it provides a framework to address the exercise of market power in digital markets by dominant online platforms that are adapted for developing countries. Rifky's doctoral study is funded by Indonesia's Ministry of Education and the Indonesian Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP).

Rifky recently obtained his Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School in 2021, where he was twice awarded the Dean's Scholars Prize for extraordinary academic work. He also received honors for his LL.M. thesis supervised by Prof. Louis Kaplow which analyzed the importance of integrating data privacy into the antitrust analysis of mergers in digital markets. Rifky also holds the Magister Juris degree with Distinction from Oxford in 2017 as a Jardine-Oxford Scholar, where he served as the MJur Class Representative. Rifky obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree from Universitas Gadjah Mada (Indonesia) in 2010 as one of the best graduates of his class with a GPA of 3.95.

Prior to his DPhil studies, Rifky was an assistant professor at the Faculty of Law, Universitas Gadjah Mada. As an academic, he has written in top-tier international journals such as the Asia Pacific Law Review, and his research is published by leading academic press such as the Oxford University Press. Rifky has been invited to present his academic work by international institutions such as UNCTAD and ASCOLA, as well as by leading universities such as Harvard, Oxford, SciencesPo Paris, and NUS. He is a junior member of ASCOLA and is also a member of the Antitrust Law Division of the ABA. He has advised both the public and the private sectors as an invited expert on matters related to competition law, international investment/trade law, and alternative dispute resolution.

Research Interests

Competition Law; Digital Economy; Online Platforms; Data Privacy; Developing Countries; International Trade and Investment Law; Alternative Dispute Resolution