NYU School of Law (New York)

Harry First

NYU School of Law (New York)

Harry First is the Charles L. Denison Professor of Law at New York University School of Law and Co-Director of the law school’s Competition, Innovation, and Information Law Program. From 1999-2001 he served as Chief of the Antitrust Bureau of the Office of the Attorney General of the State of New York. Professor First’s teaching interests include antitrust, regulated industries, international and comparative antitrust, business crime, and innovation policy. Professor First is the co-author of the casebook Free Enterprise and Economic Organization: Antitrust (7th Ed. 2014) (with John Flynn and Darren Bush), as well as a casebook on regulated industries (with John Flynn). He was twice a Fulbright Research Fellow in Japan and taught antitrust as an adjunct professor at the University of Tokyo. Professor First’s most recent scholarly work has focused on various aspects of antitrust enforcement and theory. These include: The Microsoft Antitrust Cases: Competition Policy for the Twenty-first Century (with Andrew I. Gavil) (MIT Press, 2014), winner of the Jerry S. Cohen Memorial Fund Writing Award for Antitrust Scholarship; “Your Money and Your Life: The Export of U.S. Antitrust Remedies” in Global Competition Law and Economics (Stanford Univ. Press, 2013); “Antitrust’s Democracy Deficit” (with Spencer Weber Waller) (Fordham Law Review, 2013), winner of the Institute of Competition Law’s 2014 Antitrust Writing Award for Best General Antitrust Academic Article; and two chapters in The Design of Competition Law Institutions: Global Norms, Local Choices (Oxford Univ. Press, 2013), one dealing with the United States (with Eleanor Fox and Daniel Hemli), the other with Japan (with Tadashi Shiraishi). First is also the author of a casebook on business crime and a recently published article, “Business Crime and the Public Interest: Lawyers, Legislators, and the Administrative State” (University of California Irvine Law Review, 2012). Professor First is a contributing editor of the Antitrust Law Journal, foreign antitrust editor of the Antitrust Bulletin, a member of the executive committee of the Antitrust Section of the New York State Bar Association, and a member of the advisory board and a Senior Fellow of the American Antitrust Institute.


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Harry First Digital platforms and competition policy in developing countries


Article published in Eleanor Fox Liber Amicorum, N. Charbit and al. (eds.), Concurrences, 2021. Big tech platforms have become a subject of intense antitrust scrutiny in developed economies, most recently in the United States. The thesis of this article is that the power of platforms is not (...)

Alden Abbott, Robin Adelstein, Megan Browdie, Michael A. Carrier, Peter C. Carstensen, Samuel Clark, Lisl Dunlop, Harry First, Albert A. Foer, Eleanor M. Fox, Jacqueline Grise, Ryan Kantor, Donald C. Klawiter, John Kwoka, James Langenfeld, Tad Lipsky, Alessandro Massolo, Howard Morse, Gabriella Muscolo, James Bo Pearl, Noah Pinegar, Chris Ring, Christopher Sagers, Richard S. Taffet, Willard K. Tom, Eliot Turner, Douglas (Doug) Tween, Tommaso Valletti, Michael L. Weiner The new US antitrust administration


This Concurrences special set of articles focuses on antitrust law and enforcement in the aftermath of the American Presidential Elections. It questions the changes and challenges expected in 2021 under the new Biden administration, and its impacts with respect to antitrust legislation and (...)

Harry First, Spencer Weber Waller The future – politics, democracy and autonomy (Online markets and offline welfare effects : The Internet, competition, society and democracy - Oxford, 22 May 2017)


Finally, it is important to analyze the future and the effect of the growing prevalence of algorithmic-based economic activity on democracy, the media and personal autonomy. Private rights of actions play an important role in maintaining the link between antitrust and democracy. Internet (...)

Bruno Lasserre, François Lévêque, Françoise Benhamou, Frederic Jenny, Gildas de Muizon, Harry First, Mario Siragusa, Olivier Fréget, Thibaud Simphal Disruptive innovation, law and competition (Paris, 29 January 2016)


Innovation today is shifting the established positions of a growing number of companies and industries. There is no shortage of qualifiers to underline the power of this phenomenon: drastic innovation, destabilising innovation, disruptive innovation, radical innovation, disruptive innovation. (...)



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