Digital Economy: Economics, Antitrust, and Regulation Course

Digital Economy: Economics, Antitrust, and Regulation Course

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UCL Faculty of Laws

Bentham House, Endsleigh Gardens



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A two part course for lawyers, economists, officials, and those that works for, invests in, must interact with digital economy businesses.

About this event

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, this course has been cancelled. It will not be rescheduled.

If you have queries about booking this course, please contact Lisa Penfold at UCL -

Dates and Venue:

This course will be held in-person in London at the UCL Faculty of Laws, and streamed globally, in two segments on

  • 21 September 2022 (13:30 to 18:30)
  • 22 September 2022 (13:30 to 18:30)

The course will be held at UCL's Faculty of Law, Bentham House, Endsleigh Gardens, London WC1H 0EG.

Course Overview

The digital economy, and in particular intermediaries that forge connections, are now the subject of investigations and cases, new or proposed regulations, with significant decided cases. The possibility that some intermediaries are essential “gatekeepers” with market power is a particular concern. Competition between digital ecosystems and within ecosystems is in constant evolution and so does our understanding of its dynamics.

This won’t let up: more issues will arise from new technologies and applications and more dominant firms will emerge that could pose concerns, spark a regulatory reaction and challenge the legal framework largely designed for non-digital economy. While BigTech gets most of the publicity, competition authorities are dealing with a spectrum of cases involving less familiar names spread through the economy.

This course will cover the structure and economics of key sectors of the digital economy, such as online commerce, attention markets, and the gig and sharing economy. It will do deep dives into the “digital economics” that competition policy professionals need to know, such as the economics of bottlenecks and gatekeepers, illustrated by leading antitrust and merger cases drawn worldwide and in light of the new regulatory frameworks, such as the Digital Markets Act, in the EU and elsewhere.

The course will be divided into nine modules, described in the full programme, presented in two 5-hour sessions (13:30-18:30 GMT) on separate days. The course will be held for physical attendance at University College London. As in past years the course will be streamed to other locations, including competition authorities, where there will be a local facilitator.


  • Dr David S. Evans (Course Convenor - Visiting Professor, UCL and Global Economics Group)
  • Antonio Bavasso (Visiting Professor, UCL and Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett)
  • Other speakers to be announced soon

Who Should Attend

The course is mainly designed for professionals familiar with competition policy and sectoral regulation (lawyers, economists, and officials), in addition to LL.M. candidates, but should also be informative for anyone who works for, invests in, must interact with digital economy businesses.

See the full programme for this course at:

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