Aurelien Portuese

Aurelien Portuese
Director, Antitrust and Innovation Policy
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Aurelien Portuese is director of The Schumpeter Project on Competition Policy. The Schumpeter Project advances a dynamic framework for competition policy in which innovation is a central concern for antitrust enforcement, not a secondary consideration. He is also an adjunct professor of law at the Global Antitrust Institute of George Mason University, and at the Catholic University of Paris.

As an expert in U.S. antitrust and EU competition law and economics, Portuese has published extensively on these issues and has presented his research at international conferences. With 10 years of university experience (UK, France, Belgium, US), his research encompasses U.S. and European perspectives on the regulation of competition.

A doctor in law from the University of Paris II (Sorbonne), Portuese has graduated from the London School of Economics, Sciences Po Paris, and from the University of Hamburg. He regularly speaks at conferences and seminars and regularly writes op-eds and academic articles. His book Antitrust Populism: Competition Policy in the Digital Era will be published in 2021 by Oxford University Press.

More about Aurelien Portuese: aurelienportuese.com

Recent Publications

January 29, 2022

Over the last few years, many algorithm-driven companies in the digital economy have been investigated, prosecuted and fined, mostly for allegedly unfair algorithm design. Legislative proposals aim at regulating the way algorithms shape competition. Consequently, a so-called “algorithmic antitrust” theory and practice have also emerged.

January 12, 2022

As the Senate Judiciary Committee will consider the ‘American Innovation and Choice Online Act’ on January 13, it appears that Congress is ready to make it harder and more expensive for consumers to enjoy the benefits of digital platforms.

January 4, 2022

President Biden announced a billion-dollar plan to beef up competition in the meat processing industry this week to reduce price increases for meat. Inflation affects all sectors of the economy.

December 23, 2021

Conference paper in “The Meaning of Competition in the Digital Age,” edited by Victoria Hewson (London: IEA, December 2021).

December 20, 2021

Despite domestic presidential elections in April, the EU’s French Presidency will be critical for adopting the Digital Markets Act in ways that minimize harmful unintended consequences.

December 13, 2021

Commerce Secretary Raimondo must be applauded for voicing concern about the EU’s proposed Digital Markets Act—not only for warning about the harm it will do to U.S. tech companies, U.S. workers, and the U.S. economy, but also for highlighting the considerable competitive gains that the DMA will grant Chinese tech rivals.

December 13, 2021

The new antitrust populism currently prevailing in competition matters epitomizes the characteristics of both the economic and political aspects of populism.

December 10, 2021

By forcing Facebook (Meta) to unwind its 2020 merger with GIPHY, the search engine for free GIFs, clips, and stickers, the United Kingdom’s competition watchdog—the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)—demonstrated, yet again, its radical approach to antitrust.

December 6, 2021

The Digital Markets Unit does a disservice to the United Kingdom’s legal tradition and economic future precisely when the country is at historical post-Brexit crossroads.

November 16, 2021

Cloud computing is essential for innovation and competitiveness, but France is lagging behind in its cloud adoption. To catch up, it would be more efficient and effective for France to protect consumers and promote competition with industry-led guidelines instead of rigid and onerous regulations such as the proposed Digital Markets Act.

October 29, 2021

There is something even more important in French economic policy than anti-American techlash: a national industrial policy dedicated to nurturing “national champions” of EU tech policy.

October 25, 2021

Prohibiting companies from favoring their own products ignores all the ways it promotes competition and benefits consumers. Antitrust reforms should differentiate that pro-competitive self-preferencing from certain exclusionary practices.

Recent Events and Presentations

December 14, 2021

Join ITIF for the twelfth in a series of discussions on “dynamic antitrust,” in which Aurelien Portuese, ITIF’s director of antitrust and innovation policy, sits down with leading scholars and antitrust enforcers in Washington, Brussels, and elsewhere to discuss the path forward in making antitrust a foundation for innovation. Join us to discuss the interaction between antitrust and innovation with Professor Thomas Lambert and ITIF's Julie Carlson.

November 12, 2021

ITIF hosted a discussion about the new FTC's priority with Professors Daniel Crane and Andrew Gavil. This is the eleventh in a series of discussions on “dynamic antitrust,” in which Aurelien Portuese, ITIF’s director of antitrust and innovation policy, sits down with leading scholars and antitrust enforcers in Washington, Brussels, and elsewhere to discuss the path forward in making antitrust a foundation for innovation.

November 10, 2021

Join us to discuss this report and the proposal of banning self-preferencing with Professor Herb Hovenkamp. This is the tenth in a series of discussions on “dynamic antitrust,” in which Aurelien Portuese, ITIF’s director of antitrust and innovation policy, sits down with leading scholars and antitrust enforcers in Washington, Brussels, and elsewhere to discuss the path forward in making antitrust a foundation for innovation.

November 4, 2021

Jointly organized by ITIF's Schumpeter Project on Competition Policy and the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) and held at the IEA's offices at Lord North Street in the heart of Westminster, this conference features world-leading experts, officials, and scholars. The conference debated current concepts and misconceptions of the meaning of competition in the digital era.

October 22, 2021

ITIF hosted the ninth in a series of discussions on “dynamic antitrust,” in which Aurelien Portuese, ITIF’s director of antitrust and innovation policy, sits down with leading scholars and antitrust enforcers in Washington, Brussels, and elsewhere to discuss the path forward in making antitrust a foundation for innovation.

October 21, 2021

The FTC should advocate for a national privacy law that applies to all U.S. companies instead of being willing to unilaterally enforce sector-specific privacy standards that would distort competition across industries.

June 30, 2021

ITIF hosted an expert panel discussion exploring the implications of GTIPA’s declaration of principles, and prospects for the vision to become a reality.

June 18, 2021

ITIF and Competition Policy International hosted the eighth in a series of discussions on “dynamic antitrust,” in which Aurelien Portuese, ITIF’s director of antitrust and innovation policy, sits down with leading scholars and antitrust enforcers in Washington, Brussels, and elsewhere to discuss the path forward in making antitrust a foundation for innovation.

June 15, 2021

Watch the launch of ITIF's Schumpeter Project on Competition Policy in the Innovation Economy. An expert panel will respond to the presentation of an important new ITIF report outlining a set of guiding principles for “dynamic antitrust.”

June 4, 2021

ITIF and Competition Policy International hosted the seventh in a series of discussions on “dynamic antitrust,” in which Aurelien Portuese, ITIF’s director of antitrust and innovation policy, sits down with leading scholars and antitrust enforcers in Washington, Brussels, and elsewhere to discuss the path forward in making antitrust a foundation for innovation.

May 25, 2021

ITIF hosted an expert panel discussion marking the release of a new report that provides a comprehensive analysis of the DMA and policy recommendations to address its flaws. This webinar will be the first of two ITIF events on the topic.

May 21, 2021

ITIF and Competition Policy International hosted the sixth in a series of discussions on “dynamic antitrust,” in which Aurelien Portuese, ITIF’s director of antitrust and innovation policy, sits down with leading scholars and antitrust enforcers in Washington, Brussels, and elsewhere to discuss the path forward in making antitrust a foundation for innovation. Portuese and Baker will debate the implications of the paradigm shift in antitrust policies that he and other advocates are calling for.