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Can Existing Antitrust Laws Govern a 21st Century Digital Economy?

MARCH 4, 2022




The University of Memphis Law Review invites you to attend this entirely VIRTUAL event.  The Symposium will explore whether existing antitrust law is sufficient to govern a 21st century digital economy. Modern antitrust law in the United States has developed from the original passage of the Sherman Act in 1890 to a system largely focused on protecting the competitive process and increasing consumer welfare. Is this approach adequate for the rapidly-changing digital economy of the 21st Century, where some claim that companies like Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google are reminiscent of the oil and steel trusts which motivated the original passage of the Sherman Act?

CLE credit has been approved in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee.  For more information, please contact symposium editor Lexie Haralson at ljhrlson@memphis.edu. 

Information on registration will be updated on this page as available. For more information contact Symposium editor, Lexie Haralson at ljhrlson@memphis.edu

The event is sponsored in part by the Student Event Allocation.

The symposium webinar will be available at https://memphis.zoom.us/j/89168696476?pwd=amZteHBBaFRBMVpSUVpCeHd5N3d6dz09

Meeting ID: 891 6869 6476

Passcode: 180164

Symposium Schedule

*All times in Central Time

8:30–9:00 a.m. - Registration

9:00–9:15 a.m. - Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:15–10:00 a.m. - Dr. Ido Baum and Davida (Didi) Lachman-Messer, Senior Lecturers at Haim Striks Faculty of Law, COLMAN; Former Deputy Attorney General—Head of Economic Legislation and Adjunct Professor at Haim Striks Faculty of Law

        • Can the Next Amazon or Facebook be Controlled Before it Becomes too Powerful?

10:00–10:45 a.m. - John Oxenham and Michael-James Currie, Partner Primerio International; Partner Primerio International

        • Recent Competition Policy Considerations in Emerging Markets: Will Enforcement in Digital Markets Represent a Convergence or Divergence with International Competition Law Policy?

10:45–11:00 a.m. - Break

11:00–11:45 a.m. - James Musgrove, Dr. A. Neil Campbell, and Joshua Chad, Partner and Co-Chair of McMillan LLP’s Competition and Antitrust Group; Partner, International Trade McMillan LLP; Partner, Competition, Antitrust, and Foreign Investment McMillan LLP

        • Competition at the Gate: The Application of Canada’s Abuse of Dominance Regime to Digital and Other Gatekeepers

11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m. - Lunch Break

1:00–1:45 p.m. - Debbie Salzberger, Nikiforos, Iatrou, Gideon Kwinter, Erin Keogh, Partner McCarthy Tétrault LLP;  Partner McCarthy Tétrault LLP; Associate McCarthy Tétrault LLP; Associate McCarthy Tétrault LLP

        • The Elephant in the Room: Uncovering the Implications of Data in Merger Reviews

1:45–2:30 p.m. - John Newman, Deputy Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition and Professor at University of Miami School of Law

2:30–2:45 p.m. - Break

2:45–3:30 p.m. - Kenneth Reinker, Partner Cleary Gottlieb and former Executive Director of Legal Economics LLC.

3:30–4:15 p.m. - Shin Ru Cheng, JSPS International Research Fellow, Kyoto University. J.S.D. Washington University in St. Louis; MJur. University of Oxford; L.L.M. UC Berkeley; L.L.M. National Taiwan University; L.L.B. National Taiwan University. Admitted to Taipei Bar Association and California Bar

        •  Competition Law and Behavioral Discrimination: Regulatory Pitfalls and New Opportunities 

4:15–4:30 p.m. - Closing Remarks

The University of Memphis Law Review hosts its annual symposium every spring at the Law School. For more information about the most recent past topics and speakers, please visit the links below.


2019: Barriers at the Ballot Box: Protecting or Limiting the Core of the American Identity?

2018: The American Addiction: Pathways to Address the Opioid Crisis

2017 - The Fragile Fortress: Judicial Independence in the 21st Century

2016 - Urban Revitalization: The Legal Implications of Remaking a City

2015 - In re Valor: Policy and Action in Veterans Legal Aid

2014 - Juvenile Courts in Transition

2013 - Breaking the Silence: Legal Voices in the Fight Against Human Trafficking 

2012 - Cultural Competency and the Death Penalty