Building Antitrust Agency Capacity in Context

8 Pages Posted: 23 Jan 2009 Last revised: 20 Feb 2009

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Salil K. Mehra

Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law

Date Written: January 22, 2009


Since the early 1990s, the world has seen the establishment of comprehensive antitrust regimes in the Eastern European transitional economies, Latin America, China, and India. The growth of new and revitalized antitrust regimes around the world has focused attention on how to build effective and helpful competition law institutions. In many respects, this is a novel challenge because the need and impulse for antitrust had previously been associated with mature market economies. Technical assistance as currently supplied in the world predominantly takes the form of experts from senior antitrust institutions in developed countries making recommendations to new or newer antitrust regimes in emerging economies. Because of the incongruity of this fit, technical assistance may be aimed at the problems it seeks to find, rather than the most pressing problems. As this brief essay for an online symposium discusses, attention to the context of regulation and the nature of enforcement authority will be critical to effective technical assistance.

Keywords: antitrust, competition, law, development, comparative law, international law

JEL Classification: K10, K21, L40, L41, L43

Suggested Citation

Mehra, Salil K., Building Antitrust Agency Capacity in Context (January 22, 2009). Northwestern University Law Review Colloquy, Vol. 103, 2009; Temple University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2009-7. Available at SSRN:

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