Before the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy “GWB Digitalization Act” Comment of the Global Antitrust Institute, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University

21 Pages Posted: 11 Nov 2020

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Tad Lipsky

George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty

Douglas H. Ginsburg

George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty; U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

John M. Yun

George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty

Bruce H. Kobayashi

George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School

Joshua D. Wright

George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty

Date Written: November 10, 2020

Abstract

This comment is submitted by the Global Antitrust Institute (GAI) at Scalia Law School, George Mason University to the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie, hereinafter “BMWi”) for consideration in relation to its proposed amendment to German competition law, the GWB Digitalization Act. The GAI Competition Advocacy Program provides recommendations to facilitate adoption of economically sound competition rules and policies. This comment identifies a number of elements contained in the proposed legislation that have the potential to introduce departures from sound economic analysis into German competition-law enforcement. These include novel provisions affecting the definition of “dominance” and “abuse of dominance,” as well as provisions promoting the use of so-called mandatory access remedies in cases involving digital platforms.

Keywords: German competition law, GWB Digitalization Act, German competition policy, mandatory access remedies, abuse of dominance

JEL Classification: K2, K21

Suggested Citation

Lipsky, Tad and Ginsburg, Douglas H. and Yun, John M. and Kobayashi, Bruce H. and Wright, Joshua D., Before the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy “GWB Digitalization Act” Comment of the Global Antitrust Institute, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University (November 10, 2020). George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 20-31, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3728105 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3728105

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