Antitrust by Design – The Prohibition of Anti-Competitive Coordination and the Consensus Mechanism of the Blockchain

10 Pages Posted: 25 Oct 2018 Last revised: 11 Nov 2018

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Sebastian Louven

University of Oldenburg

David Saive

University of Oldenburg

Date Written: October 2, 2018

Abstract

Is the blockchain technology with its technical coordination mechanisms also posing new challenges to antitrust dogma? Are conventional principles transferable to platforms or do we need new approaches? This paper examines the applicability of the prohibition of concerted practices to blockchain issues and which requirements arise for a compliance-conscious design of new technologies.

Keywords: Antitrust by Design, Competition Law, Blockchain, API, Platform, Collusion, Consensus Algorithm

JEL Classification: K21, K42, L14, L41, L51, L86, M42

Suggested Citation

Louven, Sebastian and Saive, David, Antitrust by Design – The Prohibition of Anti-Competitive Coordination and the Consensus Mechanism of the Blockchain (October 2, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3259142 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3259142

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David Saive

University of Oldenburg ( email )

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Oldenburg, DE D-26111
Germany

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