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Dr. Thibault Schrepel

Newsletters for antitrust law enthusiasts

Last year, I published a list of podcasts for antitrust law enthusiasts. I am pleased to be posting a new list, this time around, about newsletters. Not all of them are antitrust-centered, but they (all) contribute to keeping me up-to-date. In fact, I find that reading them (religiously) is a small commitment from which I derive a significant benefit. So, here we...
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Reading suggestions – September 2020

Please find below the papers and articles that I enjoyed reading in September 2020. You can follow me on Twitter (@LeConcurrential) or LinkedIn (here) if you want to find out about similar articles on a more regular basis. Antitrust: Antitrust law professors’ favorite articles (Thibault Schrepel – Concurrentialiste) Digital Markets and the Incipiency Attitude in EU Antitrust Law (Nicolas Petit – Concurrentialiste)...
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Antitrust law professors’ favorite articles

Last year, I asked European professors of competition law to list their three favorite articles ever written in the field (they’re here). Today, I am delighted to be publishing the American counterpart. About 30 antitrust law professors have sent me their contribution–for which I am very grateful. Our antitrust family doesn’t agree on everything (to say the...
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Links of August 2020

Please find below the papers and articles that I enjoyed reading in August 2020. You can follow me on Twitter at @LeConcurrential if you want to find out about similar articles on a more regular basis. Antitrust: Why Do Courts Err in Pharmaceutical Antitrust Cases? (Michael Carrier – Concurrentialiste) “Never Break the Chain”: Pursuing Antifragility in Antitrust Enforcement (Makan Delrahim – DOJ)...
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Links of July 2020

Please find below the papers and articles that I enjoyed reading in July 2020. Surprisingly good for the summer period. You can follow me on Twitter at @LeConcurrential if you want to find out about similar articles on a more regular basis. Antitrust: Google, Facebook, and Amazon are no platforms (Thibault Schrepel) Market adjustments, Competition Law and the Covid-19 Pandemic (Frédéric...
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Google, Facebook, and Amazon are no platforms

It’s been a while since I wanted to write about Ben Thompson’s aggregation theory because it has significant implications for antitrust law. Today is the day I’m finally doing it. Yay. 1- Platforms vs. aggregators Before introducing the aggregation theory, I first need to explain why all tech giants are not platforms. According to the Historical Larousse dictionary, the term platform...
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“Blockchain Code as Antitrust” in video

Dear all, Vitalik and I are very pleased to present you with this 12-minute video discussing (part of) our article entitled “Blockchain Code as Antitrust” (link). Thank you for watching!
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A dialogue between Darwin and a blockchain

One day, Darwin encountered a young public permissionless blockchain. Here is the transcript of their conversation (all Darwin’s quotes are directly taken from his book, “On the Origin of Species“): Narrator: The blockchain is concerned about not fitting in the existing framework. The blockchain is not a market and is not a firm (see this article)....
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Links of June 2020

Please find below the papers and articles that I enjoyed reading in June 2020. Learn about them on a more regular basis by following me on Twitter at @LeConcurrential. Antitrust: Uncertain Harms: The Case of Nascent Competitors (Scott Hemphill) Blockchain Code Can Fill In When Antitrust Law Fails (Thibault Schrepel) Fascism and Monopoly (Daniel A. Crane) A brief history of Article 102...
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A brief history of Article 102 TFEU

Today, the Bundesgerichtshof (German Federal Court of Justice) has sided with the Bundeskartellamt against Facebook (see). By doing so, the Court has deemed the absence of causality link between Facebook’s size on the market and its practice irrelevant. Once again, Facebook is being judged for combining WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook users’ data without their consent (but for improving these apps). Should I create...
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