Competition Law and Policy Approaches Towards Digital Platforms and Ecosystems

Competition Law and Policy Approaches Towards Digital Platforms and Ecosystems

On June 3, Alexey Ivanov, Director of the International BRICS Competition Law and Policy Centre, spoke at the UN Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Webinar on Competition law and policy approaches towards digital platforms and ecosystems, organized in cooperation with the BRICS Centre and the Brazilian Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE).

Drawing on a report released in 2024 by BRICS competition authorities, this session highlighted trends and commonalities in the way in which BRICS jurisdictions approach key competitive concerns relating to digital platforms and ecosystems. The webinar presented views and opinions from Competition law enforcers and scholars from different jurisdictions.  

Panelists focused on recent developments on exclusivity, discrimination and tying, recognizing the important role that these practices can play in creating and reinforcing platforms' power.  Additionally, emphasis was placed on the growing relevance of theories of harm relating to "digital ecosystems" in merger policy.  Landmark cases, lessons learned and future perspectives for dealing with this globally relevant phenomenon were discussed.


  • Teresa Moreira, Head, Competition and Consumer Policies Branch, UN Trade and Development (UNCTAD);
  • Alexey Ivanov, Director, BRICS Competition Law and Policy Centre;
  • Elena Rovenskaya, Director, International Institute for Applied System Analysis (IIASA);
  • Andrey Tsyganov, Deputy Head, Federal Antimonopoly Service, Russian Federation;
  • Victor Oliveira Fernandes, Commissioner, CADE;
  • Hariprasad Govinda, Principal Economist, The Competition Commission South Africa;
  • Masako Wakui, Professor of Law, Kyoto University;
  • Deni Mantzari, Associate Professor, University College of London

and others.

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