Hipster Antitrust: Is Big Always Bad?

Ayse Gizem Yasar


Ayse Gizem Yasar

Ayse Gizem is a PhD Candidate at Sciences Po Law School. Her research, supervised by Pr Dina Waked, focuses on disruptive innovation and competition law. She holds an MJur degree from the University of Oxford, where she wrote her dissertation on the analysis of disruptive innovation in the field of merger control. She also holds an LL.M. degree from Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas and completed her undergraduate studies at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. Between 2013-2016, she worked as a competition lawyer in Istanbul and is a member of the Istanbul Bar Association.

​​Hipster Antitrust: Is Big Always Bad?

Born in the US, the “Hipster Antitrust” movement fervently warns against the corporate power accumulated by today’s tech giants and advocates for much stricter antitrust enforcement, to the point of using antitrust to break up certain large corporations that we are all very familiar with, such as Google and Amazon. Scholars and practitioners from around the world responded with arguments as to why antitrust is ill-suited to tackle many of the problems associated with corporate power. Joining the debate, I will discuss why big is not necessarily bad when it comes to innovation-driven industries from the perspective of disruptive competition. The discussion will address, among others, the following questions: What should we learn from Schumpeter and the history of disruptive innovation to understand the tech competition taking place today? To what extent can we address corporate power in tech industries with antitrust tools? What are the alternatives to Hipster Antitrust? The participants are also invited to submit answers to these questions and address the ongoing debate on whether antitrust enforcers should become hipsters.

Event details
Jeudi, 22 Mars, 2018 - 15:00 - 17:00
Sciences Po Law School - 13, rue de l’Université - Paris 7e - Salle 410T (4th floor - Meeting Room)
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