Online Markets and Offline Welfare Effects – The Internet, Competition, Society and Democracy

Date and time

22 May 2017 09:00 to 18:30


The Pichette Auditorium, Pembroke College, OX1 1DW

How competitive is the digital economy and how may it affect consumer welfare, democracy and society? The significance of these queries cannot be overstated, as their conclusions will determine the dynamics of future technology markets, our social fabric and enforcement policies. Indeed, competition authorities around the world, as well as the EDPS, OECD, UNCTAD, UK House of Lords and other policy makers are currently grappling with these challenging questions.

The issues transcend the antitrust realm. They challenge the scope and reach of traditional law making and enforcement. Further, they affect the media, public debate, democracy and social values.

The conference brings together leading policy makers, enforcers, academics and practitioner to discuss the rise of the digital economy and its consequences. Thought leaders will debate the implications of virtual competition to antitrust enforcement, society and democracy.

This event is organised by the University of Oxford Centre for Competition Law and Policy.

The provisional programme can be viewed here.

A list of confirmed speakers can be viewed here.

The event contact is Ariel Ezrachi, Slaughter and May Professor of Competition Law and Pembroke Fellow.


Registration fees

The conference registration fee includes lunch and refreshments as well as any materials distributed before or during the conference. The fees are:

Non-academics: £120.00

Academics and students from universities other than Oxford: £60.00

  • Please click here to access the online shop for registration and payment of the fee


There is no charge for members of Oxford University and for Competition Officials (members of Governmental Agencies)

  • Please complete the registration form here.