February 16 Wednesday

Digital Economy and Inequality (Part II) - Transatlantic Seminar

  • Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at 10:00AM - 12:00PM
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The digital economy poses unprecedented challenges regarding the accumulation of market power and the potential harm caused to economic and social relations. Mounting concerns about these phenomena trigger intense academic and political discussions, both regionally and globally. The two forthcoming sessions of the Transatlantic Seminar: Consumer Law, Technology and Inequality (9 and 16 February) try to grapple with these challenges from a novel perspective. They focus on the interdependence between big tech companies and social inequality – and hence ask the pivotal question how antitrust and consumer law can entrench or combat unequal allocation of wealth and social disparities in digital markets. The two seminars gather prominent scholars and policymakers from Europe and the US. In so doing, they attempt to identify the common links between big tech and social inequality on both sides of the Atlantic, and the common prospects for remedying them.

Speakers for Part II will be:
Natali Helberger (Professor in Information Law at the Institute for Information Law (IvIR), University of Amsterdam)
Ursula Pachl (Deputy Director-General at BEUC, the European Consumer Organization)
Jonathan Kanter (Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice)
Ramsi Woodcock (Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky (Law))

Moderation: Mateusz Grochowski (Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law)

About the Seminar series: The Transatlantic Seminar on Consumer Law, Technology, and Inequality sets forth to analyze the intersections of digitalization and growing socioeconomic inequalities. The seminar seeks to create a space for sharing knowledge, ideas, and experience across geographic and professional boundaries, with a special emphasis on bringing US and European scholars, policy-makers, and social activists together. Each session will combine speakers who rarely appear together but share interests at the intersections of law, economics, and society.

Registration via the link on the event website is required.

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law - Yale Law School Center for the Study of Private Law - Jagiellonian University in Cracow - Free University in Berlin - European University Institute in Florence


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