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Susan Beth Farmer

Beth Farmer

Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus

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Curriculum Vitae

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J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School
B.A., Wellesley College

Professor Farmer’s research interests include U.S. and foreign antitrust and trade regulation law, issues of federalism, and comparative competition policy. She has served as a non-governmental advisor and rapporteur for the International Competition Network annual conferences in 2010 (Istanbul) and 2009 (Zurich) and is currently working the Agency Effectiveness Working Group on a chapter for the Competition Agency Practices Manual that will address agency prioritization and strategic planning, project management techniques and project evaluation. Before entering academia, she was an antitrust law enforcement attorney with the New York attorney general's office and counsel with the National Association of Attorneys General in Washington, D.C.

Professor Farmer’s recent publications focus on Chinese competition law and on the pre-merger notification guidelines, competition in the insurance sector, and an analysis of U.S. and European multi-jurisdictional competition enforcement. Professor Farmer serves on the advisory board of the American Antitrust Institute, the board of the Center for State Enforcement of Antitrust and Consumer Protection Law, and on several committees of the ABA Antitrust and International Law Sections.

Opinion analysis: Divided court defines credit-card networks as single two-sided market, rejecting antitrust challenge to anti-steering provision, SCOTUSblog (Jun. 25, 2018, 6:12 PM),

Argument analysis: Clash over market definition, competitive harms and burden shifting, SCOTUSblog (Feb. 27, 2018, 5:12 PM),

 Argument preview: Antitrust analysis – do two-sided markets require different rules?, SCOTUSblog (Feb. 20, 2018, 2:20 PM),

"Real Crime: Criminal Competition Law," 9 ECJ 3 (December 2013)

Competition Policy in China: Trends in Private Civil Litigation in Regulation and Competition Policy: New Developments and Empirical Evidence (Edward Elgar, 2013)

"MOFCOM Publishes Interim Regulations on Standards for Simple Mergers and Requests Public Comments," Competition Policy International, June 18, 2013

“Competition and Regulation in the Insurance Sector: Reassessing the McCarran-Ferguson Act,” 89 Or. L. Rev. 915 (2011)

“The Impact of China's Antitrust Law and Other Competition Policies on U.S. Companies,” 23 Loy. Consumer L. Rev. 34 (2010) 

“The Evolution of Chinese Merger Notification Guidelines: A Work in Progress Integrating Global Consenus and Domestic Imperatives,” 18 Tul. J. Int'l & Comp. L. 1 (2009)

The McCarran-Ferguson Exemption from the United States Antitrust Laws: Immunity in Search of a Justification, Study of Competition Law, presented paper, Korea University College of Law (2009) (SSRN)

“Modern Legal and Legislative Developments in Antitrust Law and the Business of Insurance,” 18 J. Korean Comp. L. 466 (2008) 

“The European Experience with Merger and Deregulation” in Competition Policy and Merger Analysis in Deregulated and Newly Competitive Industries (edited with Peter Carstensen, 2008)

“Harmonizing Competition Law & Enforcement” in Harmonizing Law in an Era of Globalization: Convergence, Divergence and Resistance (edited by Larry C. Backer, 2007)

Global Competition: the Implications for Enforcement, 49 Amicus Curiae, (Sept/Oct. 2003)

State Criminal Antitrust Law Enforcement, chapter 7 in State Antitrust Enforcement (ABA 2003)

Guilds at the Millennium: Antitrust and the Professions: Introduction, 14 Loyola Cons. L. Rev. 377 (2002)