Dennis J. Block Center Lecture for International Business Law: Digital Empires: The Global Battle to Regulate Technology


Anu Bradford
Henry L. Moses Professor of Law and International Organization
Columbia Law School


About the Lecture

In her book Digital Empires: The Global Battle to Regulate Technology  (Oxford University Press, September 2023), Anu Bradford examines three competing regulatory approaches governing the digital economy—the American market-driven model, the Chinese state-driven model, and the European rights-driven regulatory model—and discusses how governments and tech companies navigate the inevitable conflicts that arise when these regulatory approaches collide in the international domain. Each digital empire is advancing a competing vision for the digital economy while attempting to expand its sphere of influence in the digital world. Which digital empire will prevail in the contest for global influence remains an open question, yet their contrasting strategies are increasingly clear. In the midst of these unfolding regulatory battles, governments, tech companies, and digital citizens are making important choices that will shape the future ethos of the digital society. Digital Empires lays bare the choices we face as societies and individuals, explains the forces that shape those choices, and illuminates the immense stakes involved for everyone who uses digital technologies.
A panel of scholars will engage with Professor Bradford, offering perspectives based on their expertise in digital technology and regulation, privacy law, and national security law.  

5:30p.m. - 6:00 p.m. – Reception
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Program

Sponsored by the Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law



Prof. Thomas H. Lee, Fordham University School of Law
Prof. Christina Mulligan, Brooklyn Law School
Prof. Jeremy Sheff, St. John’s University School of Law


About the Author

Anu Bradford is Henry L. Moses Professor of Law and International Organization at Columbia Law School. She is also a director for Columbia’s European Legal Studies Center and a senior scholar at Jerome A. Chazen Institute for Global Business at Columbia Business School. She is an expert on European Union law, digital regulation, international trade law, and comparative and international antitrust law. Bradford is the author of The Brussels Effect: How the European Union Rules the World (Oxford University Press, 2020), which was named one of the Best Books of 2020 by Foreign Affairs. Her most recent book Digital Empires: The Global Battle to Regulate Technology was recognized as one of the best books of 2023 by Financial Times.



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