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    Centre on Law, Regulation and Technology (CLRT)

    Centre on Law, Regulation and Technology (CLRT)

    The Centre on Law, Regulation and Technology (CLRT) advocates legal and economic regulation that places consumer welfare and innovation at the core of the modern economy. CLRT aims at blending academic rigour with policy research to inform decision making on economic activities related but not limited to telecommunications, new technology, and digitization. The Covid-19 pandemic has catalysed the uptake of digital technologies, reaching masses hitherto untouched. The Centre endeavours to harness the process of digitization, through a robust legal and regulatory framework, towards ensuring welfare.

    CLRT is a platform that nurtures ideas by bringing together regulators, academia, industry, policymakers, and civil society. Through its inter-disciplinary research work, the Centre aims to periodically contribute to policy discourse through reports, expert analysis and research papers.

    Areas of Expertise

    • Artificial Intelligence and law
    • Competition law
    • Data governance
    • Economic regulation
    • Intellectual property
    • Intermediary liability of digital platforms
    • Law and innovation

    BMU’s School of Law is approved by Bar Council of India

    School of Law Industry Partners

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    Centre Incharge

    Dr. Vikas Kathuria
    Associate Professor
    School of Law

    EVENTS

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    Unfair Business Practices of E-Commerce Platforms and the Need for Ex-Ante Regulation for Digital Markets

    A Reuters investigation in October 2021 revealed that Amazon, a leading e-commerce platform in India, copied products of retailers that it hosted and downgraded them in search rankings to promote Amazon’s private label allowing the firm to make profits at the cost of its rivals. Such practices potentially stifle innovation, erect entry barriers for small businesses and diminish trust in digital markets in general. The theoretical possibility of a dual role e-commerce platform— that of a marketplace and a retailer simultaneously—engaging in self-preferencing was suspected for a long time. The recent events in India lent evidence to the theoretical possibility of self-preferencing. While in the US, some lawmakers called for initiating criminal proceedings against Amazon for misleading the US Congress about its business practices, the European Union (EU) is debating ex-ante regulation for digital ‘gatekeepers’ that address practices such as self-preferencing and interoperability.

    Despite being a prominent digital market, India does not have a regulatory framework to address anti-competitive and unfair practices in digital markets, where competition law is known to have limited efficacy. Against this backdrop, two separate panels in this conference addressed the following issues.

    1. Why has an ex-ante regulatory framework become critical in digital markets?
    2. What are the risks of not having a similar regulatory framework in India? Also, what are the institutional challenges facing the adoption of such tools?
    3. Do the ongoing efforts in the EU, Germany and the UK offer appropriate regulatory models even for emerging markets such as India?

    Team

    Executive Director: Dr. Vikas Kathuria, Associate Professor, School of Law (SoL)

    Senior Fellows

    • Prof. Manoj K. Arora, Vice Chancellor, BML Munjal University
    • Prof. Anirban Chakraborti, Dean, School of Engineering and Technology (SoET)
    • Dr. Kiran Sharma, Assistant Professor, School of Engineering and Technology (SoET)
    • Dr. Sangeeta Datta Gupta, Associate Professor, School of Management (SoM)

    Junior Fellows

    • Sunishth Goyal, Faculty Associate, School of Law (SoL)

    Student Volunteers

    • Harshit Manwani
    • Harman Grover
    • Kartik Goel
    • Deepak Gupta

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