21st Antitrust Symposium

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21st Annual Antitrust Symposium

The Law Review thanks everyone who made our 21st Annual Antitrust Symposium entitled, The Consumer Welfare Standard: From The Antitrust Paradox to Hipster Antitrusta successCheck out the video to each session below!

On February 16, 2018, the George Mason Law Review held its 21st Annual Antitrust Symposium. This symposium focused on recent challenges aimed at “reinvigorating” antitrust enforcement agencies and institutions have called into question the economic approach to antitrust. Panelists also discussed the “Hipster Antitrust” movement which represents a departure from the longstanding nonpartisan consensus that rigorous economic analysis is a key ingredient to robust competition policy – a consensus that finds its roots in Robert Bork’s, The Antitrust Paradox. This symposium highlighted the current debates in antitrust in the context of their application in merger policy, common ownership and passive investment, vertical restraints, and the goals of antitrust.


Welcome and Opening Remarks

 Fireside Chat with Judge Ginsburg and Professor Hovenkamp

Panel 1: Merger Policy and the Consumer Welfare Standard: Time for a Change?

Panel 2: Common Ownership and Passive Investments: The Next Frontier for Section 7?

Lunch and Keynote Address from Luke M. Froeb, Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economics, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice

China Antitrust Roundtable

Panel 3: Revisiting Vertical Antitrust Enforcement

Panel 4: What are the Goals of Antitrust? What Should They Be?

Closing Remarks

Title Sponsor




Additional Sponsors

Charles River Associates





Past Antitrust Symposia: 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 201520162017, 2018