June 17


07:00 pm - 08:30 pm

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Promoting Economic Pluralism (PEP)

During lockdown, the digital economy has been essential and has boomed. But are private network monopolies in the public interest?

The early 1900s saw the first attempt to challenge the might of huge corporations in the US such as Rockefeller’s Standard Oil. The anti-trust movement lead to the breakup of these behemoths.

But the new economic ideology in the 80s changed the politics and the anti-trust drive withered. Recently the dominance of Amazon, Apple, Facebook etc have lead to a revived interest in the negative impacts of quasi monopolies. But who is going to take on these 21st century behemoths, especially when they are likely to paint themselves as the heros of the lockdown?

Ariel Ezrachi, a leading thinker in this area, will provide an introduction to the issues followed by discussion. He will then join a discussion panel with Tim Cowan, a leading competition lawyer and Miriam Brett, an author of Common Wealth’s Report – Democratic Digital Infrastructure, to exam the implications of the pandemic for reform.

Join us for a stimulating interactive discussion and plenty of opportunities for you to be part of the conversation.

We will provide details for online access to ticket holders on the day.


Ariel Ezrachi is the Slaughter and May Professor of Competition Law at the University of Oxford and the Director of the University of Oxford Centre for Competition Law and Policy. He is the co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Antitrust Enforcement (OUP) and the author, and co-author, of numerous books, including Competition Overdose (Harper Collins, 2020), and Virtual Competition (Harvard, 2016). He is the author of the 2019 BEUC consultation paper on ‘EU competition law and digital economy’ and co-author of the 2019 Stigler Center report on ‘Digital Platforms.’ Professor Ezrachi’s research and commentary have been featured in The Economist, The New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Guardian, Nikkei, New Scientist, Politico, WIRED, BBC, and other international outlets.

Chair of the Antitrust practice at Preiskel & Co LLP, Tim Cowen is independently recognised as one of the UK’s leading regulatory and competition lawyers focusing on the Technology Media and Tech sectors. He has vast experience of both in-house and private practice, and in government service, having been a General Counsel at BT, a former Partner at Sidley Austin, and a member of the Competition Appeal Tribunal. He now specialises in complex competition cases and court actions. For example he is currently representing the Digital Policy Alliance before the CMA in its Market Investigation of digital markets, The London Cremation Company in the Funerals market investigation, Tobii AB in its challenge to the CMA’s decision concerning Tobii’s acquisition of Smartbox and a number of companies in follow on damages cases in the English Courts for Google’s abuse of dominance.

Miriam Brett is Director of Research and Advocacy for Common Wealth think tank, working on ownership strategies for a democratic and sustainable economy. She is also a research fellow for The Democracy Collaborative and the Wellbeing Economy Alliance and is an expert panel member working on Community Wealth Building. Prior to these roles, Miriam worked as senior economic advisor to the Scottish National Party before managing international finance at a critical watchdog to the IMF and World Bank.

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