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 a law professor at the Brussels School of Governance of the Free University Brussels (VUB) and an adjunct professor of law at the Global Antitrust Institute of George Mason University.

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

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.

November 30, 2020

The principle of legal certainty states that the law must be sufficiently clear to provide those who are subject to it with the possibility of regulating their conduct accordingly. Unfortunately, the issue of legal certainty in the discussions and proceedings against big tech has mostly been overlooked despite its fundamental importance in preserving the optimal incentives for market players.

October 28, 2020

Searching for sanity in electoral politics may prove as complicated as searching for sanity in modern antitrust enforcement.

Recent Events and Presentations

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.