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Anu Bradford

Before becoming a professor, Anu Bradford worked in the European Parliament and in private practice in Brussels. Along with Professor George A. Bermann, she directs the Law School’s European Legal Studies Center, which trains students for leadership roles in public affairs and the global economy. Bradford focuses on international trade law, EU law, and comparative and international antitrust law. Recently, she has been a sought-after source on Brexit. A former World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, she famously coined the term the “Brussels effect” to describe the EU’s outsized influence on worldwide markets.

Bradford has taken students to Brussels and Luxembourg for intensive study of EU law and policy. In the spring of 2017, she presented preliminary findings from her ambitious, data-driven project mapping global antitrust laws and their impact on competition.

International institutions and governments have promoted antitrust policy as an important regulatory tool to enhance competitiveness and market performance. At the same time, we have scant empirical evidence on what drives adoption of such policies, how they differ or converge across jurisdictions, how they are being enforced, and what effects they have on market outcomes.