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Is blockchain the death of antitrust law? The blockchain antitrust paradox.
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el Jueves, 21 de Marzo 2019, 14:00 - 16:30
C/ Serrano 26, 4ºderecha, 28001, Madrid
Fide holds this session. To attend, it is essential to request assistance to Carmen Hermida ( Please ask for registration conditions. This session will be carried out in English.

Speaker: Thibault Schrepel, Assistant Professor in European Economic Law at Utrecht University School of Law. *

Moderator: Francisco Marcos, Professor of Law, IE Law School. Member of the Academic Council of FIDE.

The legal system provides trust and reduces uncertainty to a certain extent. Blockchain pushes the limit further. As a consequence, this technology is changing the way markets function which brings new challenges to competition law. Yet, research on the subject is virtually non-existent, and as a result, competition law may become ineffective (which would cause major harm to all consumers) and blockchain could be hampered at the same time (which would cause great harm to all citizens). This results from three main challenges: (i) on the substance of the law, (ii) on procedural aspects, and (iii) on philosophical grounds. Dr. Thibault Schrepel will address them through an analysis of abuses of dominance and cartels on blockchain.

Schedule: The session will be held between 14:00 and 16:30 hours, reserving the first half-hour for an informal snack.

* Thibault Schrepel, Assistant Professor in European Economic Law at Utrecht University School of Law, Associate Researcher at University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and an Invited Professor at Sciences Po Paris. Most of his writing (published at Harvard, NYU, Oxford, Georgetown...) deals with the issue of innovation and digital markets. His first publication on blockchain law has been the world most downloaded antitrust article of the year 2018. Three other his articles of were among the world 10 most downloaded articles on SSRN in the years 2015, 2017 and 2018. In April 2018, he was awarded the “Academic Excellence” Awards of GCR (edition 2018) which rewards “an academic competition specialist who has made an outstanding contribution to competition policy in 2017.”

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