Aurelien Portuese

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

Aurelien Portuese is director of antitrust and innovation policy at ITIF. He focuses his research on the interactions between competition policy and innovation objectives. 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 encompass 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 under Tech Innovations will be published in 2021 by Oxford University Press.

More about Aurelien Portuese: aurelienportuese.com

Recent Publications

April 15, 2021

Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission president, called for a “new transatlantic agenda for global change.” Before such a needed partnership can be fruitful, the EU will need to make a number of changes.

April 9, 2021

From A&P in the 1920s to Sears Roebuck & Co. in the 1980s to Walmart in the 2000s—and now to Amazon—large, innovative retail companies are regularly subject to calls for break-ups. But the economy will lose if populism eventually triumphs.

March 25, 2021

In 1888, a political activist and author named Edward Bellamy published a classic book titled Looking Backward 2000-1887, in which he pictured a future—our present time—when technology companies administered the regulatory state would ensure people live in peaceful abundance. Today’s populists, including some top regulators, have revived Bellamy’s dystopian view.

March 19, 2021

At a time when leading U.S. companies are being unfairly raked over the coals for protectionist purposes by governments from Beijing to Brussels, the FTC should be pushing for legally binding global rules to bring coherence and order to international competition law.

March 8, 2021

“Anti-monopoly” is now the solution de jour for all that ails the U.S. economy, just as it was in the early New Deal. That latest example of this trend is the “Competition and Antitrust Law Enforcement Reform Act” (or “CALERA”), introduced by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust, and Consumer Rights, in an effort to “better protect competition in the American economy.”

February 24, 2021

The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law kicks off a series of hearings this week that should focus first and foremost on ensuring that antitrust fosters consumer welfare. They should evaluate large technology platforms on a single question: Is what they are doing good for average Americans, while not engaging in clearly anticompetitive conduct?

February 19, 2021

It may pave the way for other states follow, but Maryland’s digital tax will not prove to be a way out of the crisis. It will only make the crisis linger.

February 9, 2021

The DMA may prove to be most effective in building walls where consumer prices may increase, consumer quality decrease, and entrenched market positions’ overall contestability diminish rather than increase. The DMA may potentially harm gatekeepers, something EU policymakers indeed have in mind, since virtually all the gatekeepers as defined by the DMA are American. But it will certainly replace them with walls for consumers and innovation.

January 29, 2021

The Facebook lawsuit aimed at breaking up an innovative leader of social media arbitrarily favors internal growth over external growth, discretionarily disavows previous regulatory decrees with retroactive effects, and discards consumer preferences in order to impose the regulator’s preferences of a myriad of platforms forced to renege on the sought-after scalability of the platforms.

January 27, 2021

Is this really a privacy or an antitrust problem, or yet another example of a conflated, little understood issue?

December 17, 2020

The DOJ’s attempt to instill corporate selflessness by prohibiting favoritism is at odds with competition on the merits and the spirit of fundamental economic freedoms.

December 2, 2020

In a political weaponization of antitrust laws, the administration and its state AG allies decided to go to battle against Google over an issue the president thought was an obstacle to his re-election: the alleged collusion between big tech companies and the Democrats against himself.

Recent Events and Presentations

April 23, 2021

What is the importance of technological disruption for economic prosperity and for the competitive environment? How should we organize policies to ensure greater innovation?

April 9, 2021

ITIF and Competition Policy International hosted the third 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.

March 26, 2021

ITIF and Competition Policy International hosted the second 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.

March 18, 2021

Aurelien Portuese presented his analysis of the proposed Digital Markets Act (DMA) issued by the European Commission in December 2020.

March 16, 2021

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

March 26, 2020

ITIF held a webinar on March 26 exploring how competition authorities can better consider the productivity and competitiveness implications of antitrust policy, including in merger reviews.