Francesco Ducci

Francesco Ducci

Academic Degrees:

SJD and LLM (Toronto); LLB (Bologna)

Phone: LB 100C
Office: 519-661-2111 x88407

Francesco Ducci joined the Faculty of Law in 2021 as an Assistant Professor. His research focuses on competition/antitrust law and policy, economic and social regulation, international trade law, and law and economics. His recent book Natural Monopolies in Digital Platform Markets (Cambridge University Press, 2020) uses an economic framework to investigate the nature of market power in big tech sectors and the role of competition policy and regulation in digital markets. Francesco's research has also appeared in several leading journals including the Journal of Competition Law and Economics, the Journal of Antitrust Enforcement, the European Journal of Law and Economics and the Canadian Business Law Journal. In 2022, he was awarded the Best Junior Paper Award by ASCOLA (Academic Society for Competition Law) for his work Randomized Access to Digital Bottlenecks.

Francesco holds his SJD and LLM from the University of Toronto, where he was a Junior Fellow at Massey College. He also holds a law degree from the University of Bologna, Italy and was a visitor at King’s College London. Prior to Western, he was a Hauser Global Fellow at New York University and a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute. He currently serves as an Associated Editor for the Journal of Competition Law and Economics (Oxford University Press).

Research Highlights


Natural Monopolies in Digital Platform Markets (Cambridge University Press, 2020)

Peer-Reviewed Papers

Out-of-Market Efficiencies, Two-Sided Platforms and Consumer Welfare: A Legal and Economic Analysis (2016) 12(3) Journal of Competition Law and Economics 591.

Procedural Implications of Market Definition in Platform Cases (2019) Journal of Antitrust Enforcement.

Cartel Criminalization in Europe: Addressing Deterrence and Institutional Challenges (2018) 51:1 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 1.

The Revival of Fairness Discourse in Competition Policy (2019) 64 Antitrust Bulletin 79 (with Michael Trebilcock).

The Google Search Case in Europe: Tying and The Fallacy of the Single Monopoly Profit Theorem in Two-Sided Markets (2019) 47(1) European Journal of Law and Economics 15 (with Edward Iacobucci)

Competition Law and Policy Issues in the Sharing Economy (2018) in Derek McKee, Finn Makela, and Teresa Scassa, eds. Law and the "Sharing Economy": Regulating Online Market Platforms (Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2018).

The Evolution of Canadian Competition Policy: A Retrospective (2018) 60:2 Canadian Business Law Journal 171 (with Michael Trebilcock).

Regulating Financial Planners and Advisors: In Search of Regulatory Principles (2020) Canadian Business Law Journal (with Michael Trebilcock and Anita Anand).