Our Curious Amalgam Podcast

Is It Time To Burst the Bubble? Antitrust Law in the Age of the Polycrisis

March 25, 2024

London partner Matthew Hall co-hosted the March 25 episode of the ABA’s Our Curious Amalgam podcast: “Is It Time To Burst the Bubble? Antitrust Law in the Age of the Polycrisis.”

The antitrust law bubble, particularly outside the U.S., has in recent years focused on the mantra of promoting efficiency above all else. In the age of the global polycrisis and increasing corporate concentration and power in numerous sectors, should this bubble be popped? Dr. Cristina Caffarra, leading competition economist, joins Barry Nigro and Matthew Hall to discuss the wider issues antitrust and competition law enforcement should be considering, which was the focus of a January 2024 Brussels conference described as the “Anti-Davos” and “Woodstock of Antitrust”. Listen to this episode to learn more about the “Antitrust, Regulation, and the Next World Order” conference led by Dr. Caffarra, why antitrust law should be taking a wider approach than efficiency and narrow consumer welfare and the links with trade and industrial policy.

Our Curious Amalgam explores topics in antitrust, competition, consumer protection, data protection, and privacy law around the world with leading experts in those areas. It is an amalgam because it is a group of diverse topics all in one place. It is curious because it gets the experts and asks them in-depth questions.

This episode is also available on Apple Podcasts.