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16th Annual Symposium on Antitrust Law

Privacy Regulation and Antitrust


On January 17, 2013, the George Mason Law Review, in partnership with the George Mason University Law & Economics Center, presented its 16th Annual Symposium on Antitrust Law. The Symposium, entitled “Privacy Regulation and Antitrust,” was held in the Founders Hall Auditorium at George Mason University School of Law, located at 3301 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Virginia.

The program explored the market for privacy protection, the effect of privacy regulation on competition and business, the current state of privacy regulations, and looked at privacy protection in Europe as a point of comparison.

The Keynote Address was delivered by Gordon Crovitz of the Wall Street Journal.

This Symposium was approved for 5.5 Virginia CLE credits.


Speakers and Agenda:

Welcome and Introduction

Daniel D. Polsby, George Mason University School of Law

Melinda Meade Meyers, George Mason Law Review

Panel 1: Overview of the U.S. Regulatory Landscape

J. Trevor Hughes, International Association of Privacy Professionals

Daniel Kaufman, Federal Trade Commission

William E. Kovacic, The George Washington University Law School 

Richard Lawson Director, Division of Economic Crimes Office of the Florida Attorney General

Moderator: Lisa Sotto, Hunton & Williams

Panel 2: Privacy and Competition Policy

James Cooper, Director, Research and Policy, Law & Economics Center, and Lecturer in Law, George Mason University School of Law

Allen Grunes, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP

Geoffrey Manne, Lewis & Clark Law School

Frank Pasquale, Seton Hall Law School

Catherine E. Tucker, MIT Sloan School of Management

Moderator: August Horvath, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

Keynote Address

L. Gordon Crovitz, The Wall Street Journal

Panel 3: Evaluating Costs and Benefits of Current Privacy Regulation

Alessandro Acquisti, Carnegie Mellon

Paul Ohm, Federal Trade Commission

Jeffrey Rosen, The George Washington University Law School

Adam Thierer, Mercatus Center

Moderator: James Cooper, George Mason University School of Law

Panel 4: Privacy in the European Union

Francesca Bignami, The George Washington University Law School

Emilio W. Cividanes, Venable LLP

Hugh Stevenson, Federal Trade Commission

Christopher Wolf, Hogan Lovells LLP

Moderator: Dan Caprio, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP

Closing Remarks

Matthew Bowels, Editor-in-Chief, George Mason Law Review



George Mason University School of Law
Founders Hall Auditorium
3301 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22201

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