Global Antitrust Institute

The Global Antitrust Institute is a leading international platform for research and education that focuses on the legal and economic analysis of key antitrust issues confronting competition agencies and courts around the world.

Launched in 2014, the Global Antitrust Institute was founded in the belief that if policy-makers, officials, judges and other relevant stakeholders in charge of developing and applying antitrust law, also known as competition law, understand economics, they will be more likely to make decisions that promote consumer welfare and innovation.

The Global Antitrust Institute:

  • Supports a variety of initiatives designed to strengthen the understanding of economics by antitrust law enforcers, judges, business executives, practitioners, and researchers;

  • Sponsors and conducts cutting-edge research into antitrust law and economics issues; and

  • Organizes seminars, conferences, innovative courses, and public lectures on topics relating to antitrust law and economics.

With more than one hundred nations now administering antitrust regimes, and with companies now operating in a worldwide marketplace, the Global Antitrust Institute responds to the need for a global perspective. To that end, the Global Antitrust Institute collaborates with leading competition law centers in Asia, Europe, and Latin America to promote economically-informed decision-making and policy.

Ideally located just across the river from Washington, DC, the Global Antitrust Institute is part of the George Mason University School of Law and its Law & Economics Center, which has been a world leader in law and economics research and education for 40 years. The Global Antitrust Institute shares the vision and values of the Law & Economics Center and will benefit from the Law & Economics Center’s experience and resources.

The Global Antitrust Institute draws upon the faculty of George Mason University School of Law – which amongst others comprises a Court of Appeals judge and former head of the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice (Douglas H. Ginsburg), a former Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission (Timothy J. Murris), a current Federal Trade Commission Commissioner (Joshua D. Wright), and a partner in the Brussels office of Covington & Burling LLP (Damien Geradin) – and upon the faculties of partner institutions around the world.  The Global Antitrust Institute has established a board of advisors consisting of leading international scholars and practitioners in the antitrust field. 

In June the Global Antitrust Institute will teach antitrust economics to judges at the annual meeting of the Association of European Competition Law Judges in Bucharest. The curriculum will cover the economics of antitrust issues that arise in the competition courts of Member States of the European Union or will arise as Member States implement the Commission's recommendations concerning class actions. On September 23, 2014, the Global Antitrust Institute will host a Public Policy Conference on the Global Antitrust Challenges for the Pharmaceutical Industry



James C. Cooper, Director, Research and Policy | 703.993.9582

Jeffrey T. Smith, Coordinator, Henry G. Manne Programs | 703.993.8382