U.S. Antitrust: From Shot in the Dark to Global Leadership

Book chapter in THEN & NOW: STORIES OF LAW AND PROGRESS 52 (Lori Andrews & Sarah Harding eds., IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law 2013).

8 Pages Posted: 21 Jul 2015

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David J. Gerber

Chicago-Kent College of Law - Illinois Institute of Technology

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

When the US Congress in 1890 enacted the first US antitrust statute in 1890, it was taking a "shot in the dark." There were no models, and there was no experience with this type of law. Today, such laws have been enacted in over 110 countries, and US antitrust law is at the center of a globe-encircling web of competition laws and institutions.

In this brief article written as part of a celebration of the history of Chicago-Kent Law School, I review the evolution of US antitrust law from "shot in the dark" to global competition law leadership.

Keywords: antitrust, competition law, US history, America, legal history, international law

JEL Classification: K21, K30, K39

Suggested Citation

Gerber, David J., U.S. Antitrust: From Shot in the Dark to Global Leadership (2013). Book chapter in THEN & NOW: STORIES OF LAW AND PROGRESS 52 (Lori Andrews & Sarah Harding eds., IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law 2013).. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2630666

David J. Gerber (Contact Author)

Chicago-Kent College of Law - Illinois Institute of Technology ( email )

565 W. Adams St.
Chicago, IL 60661-3691
United States

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