Aurelien Portuese Joins ITIF as Director of Antitrust and Innovation Policy

January 4, 2021

WASHINGTON—With antitrust issues increasingly occupying center stage in the world of technology and innovation policy, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, world’s leading think tank for science and technology policy, welcomes the distinguished antitrust scholar Aurelien Portuese to its staff as director of antitrust and innovation policy. Portuese will lead ITIF’s research on the critical interactions between competition policy and innovation objectives.

“Technology companies have long been admired for the way they innovate by ‘moving fast and breaking things,’ but now we have a counternarrative in which they have become too big, and, as a result, there is a movement developing in which policymakers could be pressured to move too fast and end up breaking innovative things,” says Portuese. “Our goal at ITIF is to take a hard analytical look at the central issues in the debate and bring the focus back to a fair and productive discussion around antitrust.”

In this new role, Portuese will monitor and analyze ongoing policy developments and engage in public debates on the major antitrust and technology innovation issues; will research and write policy reports, op-ed articles, and other publications and materials on antitrust innovation and economics; and will serve as the public face of ITIF to the media and others on antitrust policy. 

Portuese is also a law professor at the Brussels School of Governance of the Free University Brussels 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, he 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. 

“Getting policy right on antitrust issues will go a long way toward determining the future course of innovation, productivity, and competitiveness in the United States,” says Rob Atkinson, ITIF’s President. “Aurelien Portuese brings a fresh voice in this space and will help decision makers take the right look at antitrust and the effects and consequences of these policies.” 

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