Antitrust Law and Blockchain(s): Preparing the Field

The final paper will be published in Blockchain and Public Law (Oreste Pollicino and Giovanni De Gregorio ed.), Edward Elgar Publishing, 2020

11 Pages Posted: 4 May 2020

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Mariateresa Maggiolino

Bocconi University - Department of Legal Studies; Ask Research Center

Laura Zoboli

University of Warsaw

Date Written: March 1, 2020

Abstract

The paper sets the scene for the correct application of competition law to the blockchain technology. In particular, it provides an antitrust-based roadmap to be applied – on a case-by-case basis – to blockchain scenarios. To this end, the paper first defines the blockchain phenomenon (paragraph 1) and the relevant antitrust law categories (paragraph 2). In light of these definitions, the paper critically discusses the competition challenges that blockchain may pose – either as a technology (paragraph 3) or as a tool, i.e. as place(s) where other products and services can be distributed (paragraph 4). Finally, the authors find current competition law to be already well equipped for tackling the blockchain – and that for competition authorities to be effective, the onus should fall more on the technical tools at their disposal rather than on increasing their prerogatives.

Suggested Citation

Maggiolino, Mariateresa and Zoboli, Laura, Antitrust Law and Blockchain(s): Preparing the Field (March 1, 2020). The final paper will be published in Blockchain and Public Law (Oreste Pollicino and Giovanni De Gregorio ed.), Edward Elgar Publishing, 2020 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3570887

Mariateresa Maggiolino

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Laura Zoboli (Contact Author)

University of Warsaw ( email )

Krakowskie Przedmiescie 26/28
Warszawa, Pl-00681
Poland

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