Antitrust in the Digital Economy (SC)

Section 1, Fall 21

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 17/24
Credits: 2
Day Date Time Room
  • W
  • R
  • M
  • W
  • R
  • M
  • W
  • R
  • 08/25/2021
  • 08/26/2021
  • 08/30/2021
  • 09/01/2021
  • 09/02/2021
  • 09/06/2021
  • 09/08/2021
  • 09/09/2021
  • 1800-1930
  • 1800-1930
  • 1800-1930
  • 1800-1930
  • 1800-1930
  • 1800-1930
  • 1800-1930
  • 1800-1930
  • SL262
  • SL262
  • SL262
  • SL262
  • SL262
  • SL262
  • SL262
  • SL262

Course Description

This course addresses a defining issue of our time – how antitrust law will apply to the digital economy that has transformed our lives. Tech giants like Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google have emerged as the largest and most powerful companies in history, and now face aggressive claims by antitrust enforcers. This course will explore the implications of economic concentration and competition in the New Economy, as well as the relationship between antitrust and issues like consumer privacy, “big data,” filter bubbles, socially corrosive content, and challenges to democratic values. We will investigate the dynamics of platform competition, including network effects, multisided markets, and advertising-supported online services. We will also explore theories of competitive harm in settings where billions of users obtain sophisticated online services at a zero price, and millions of small and medium sized businesses rely on targeted online advertising and rapidly scalable distribution networks. The course materials draw on a rich body of recent cases, regulatory proceedings, legislative proposals, and academic commentary. Class sessions will be interactive and engaging, with extensive visual aids, discussion questions circulated before class, class-wide polling, and small-group exercises. Students will prepare substantial research papers with guidance from the instructor.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

Final Type (if any): None
Description: None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students required to submit a research paper (approx. 7500 words) via EXPO by noon on Dec. 3rd.

Other Work
Grading will be based on the research paper, with adjustments based on attendance and in-class contributions.

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: Students should take Antitrust before or concurrently with this class. Students seeking a waiver must have the professor send a written authorization to the Student Records Office (SRO). Concurrencies: (Antitrust (7005))
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: Yes
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level writing requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

Schedule No.
121819299
Law No.
LAW7801
Modified Type
Lecture
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Thursday, August 26, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Saturday, September 11, 11:59 PM
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