Dirk Auer is currently Director of Competition Policy at the International Center for Law & Economics. His work focuses on the law and economics of antitrust, with an emphasis on innovation policy, digital markets and European competition law. Dirk Auer is also an adjunct professor at Liege University. The topics he teaches are european competition law and its economic aspects.
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Building the Digital Future: Can the EU Foster a Dynamic and Crime-Free Internet?* The European Commission has unveiled draft legislation (the Digital Services Act, or “DSA”) that would overhaul the rules governing the online lives of its citizens. The draft rules are something of a mixed (...)
Facebook and the Pros and Cons of Ex Post Merger Reviews* The Federal Trade Commission and 46 state attorneys general (along with the District of Columbia and the Territory of Guam) filed their long-awaited complaints against Facebook Dec. 9. The crux of the arguments in both lawsuits is (...)
The Amazon investigation and Europe’s "Big Tech" Crusade* The dust has barely settled on the European Commission’s record-breaking €4.3 Billion Google Android fine, but already the European Commission is gearing up for its next high-profile case. Last month, Margrethe Vestager dropped a (...)
What Mark Zuckerberg’s Emails Don’t Tell Us about the Instagram Acquisition* Recently-published emails from 2012 between Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook’s then-Chief Financial Officer David Ebersman, in which Zuckerberg lays out his rationale for buying Instagram, have prompted many to (...)
Prosecuting loyalty rebates—and other price-related antitrust behavior—entails significant pitfalls for antitrust policymakers. Low prices are one of the key benefits antitrust law seeks to promote. And yet, when it comes to low prices, anticompetitive strategy is almost indistinguishable from (...)