Professor, ULiege

Dirk Auer is an Adjunct Professor at Uliège, where he teaches courses on the law & economics of competition law, and at UCLouvain, where he teaches an introduction to American law course.

Dirk is also a Senior Fellow at the International Center for Law & Economics (ICLE), where his research focuses on the law and economics of antitrust, with an emphasis on innovation policy, digital markets and the economics of data. This research has been published in a number of influential law journals and media outlets.

Before joining ICLE, Dirk worked as a research fellow at the Liège Competition and Innovation Institute (LCII). During this time, he wrote a PhD discussing  the “innovation defense” under European and US antitrust laws. His dissertation argues competition enforcers should take steps to ensure that regulatory intervention does not chill firms’ incentives to innovate.

Dirk Auer graduated from the Catholic University of Louvain in 2010, specializing in European law. Prior to joining the LCII, Dirk completed LLMs at the University of Chicago Law School (2014) and at the University of Liège (2011). He also worked in the competition practices of two international law firms.


Liege Competition and Innovation Institute
University of Liege (ULg)
Quartier Agora
Place des Orateurs, 1, Bât. B 33
BE-4000 Liege

Phone: +32 4 366.31.30
Fax: +32 4 366.31.55